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Core Values

Competing With (Instead of Always Against)

“Can we have two golds?” After clearing every height on their first attempts all the way up to 7 feet, 9 and a quarter inches, 2020 Olympians Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi were tied for the lead in the high jump. They both failed to clear 7’10” three times in a row, meaning the deadlock…

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Want to Do Better and Feel Better? Pay Attention.

I’ve been on a bit of a George Saunders binge. For those who don’t know, Saunders is an American writer most known for his short stories and, more recently, novels, including the popular Lincoln in the Bardo. In his latest book, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, Saunders lays out his system for writing. What…

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The Limits of Growth and When Smaller is Better

For myriad reasons, the culture of the past two decades has been obsessed with growth. I am going to call this the growth era. In the growth era, it doesn’t so much matter what you are growing—your company, your audience, your income, your network, your muscles, or the size of your house—but just that you…

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Stop Talking About Your Values If You Aren’t Acting On Them

Nike released an advertisement this week that was well-presented, with an incredibly powerful and much-needed message. The ad featured a montage of pregnant women exercising and moving, with the uplifting message that they, too, are athletes. We see video of mothers at every stage of life’s wonderful journey, from pregnancy to post-partum. Included are cameos…

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