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What were you doing when you were 4 years old? Playing with blocks, perhaps? Starting to color somewhere near the lines, maybe? Pretending you’re in a rocket ship that’s bound for outer space, if you’re lucky? Not Ben Austin. At the tender age of 4, Ben Austin already had the drive to answer life’s really, really, […]

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In life, there seems to be two polar methods to finding your way along your journey:: You can follow your “passion”… Or, you can do what’s “practical.” Our guest today blows the lid off this idea by proposing an alternative: Live a life of “practical passion.” If you’re wondering what that means, I don’t blame […]

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There are few names that have brought as much notoriety as Brene Brown over the last few years. She sprang on the “scene” in 2010 with her TEDx Houston talk: The Power of Vulnerability. But Brene’s story goes back even further than that. For her entire academic and professional life, Brene has dedicated herself to […]

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Have you ever had a conversation with a total stranger– on a plane, on a bus, on a train– that totally changed your life? I know, I know. That’s a bit much. But seriously. Have you ever sat down with zero intention of talking to the person next to you only to realize three hours […]

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You know that one kid who always knew what he wanted to “be” when he grew up? A doctor. A pilot. A lawyer. Captain Jack Sparrow. It didn’t matter what he wanted to be. All that mattered was that I had no idea what I wanted to be. And that kid annoyed the crap out of me because […]

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Do you ever wonder when you’ll have enough money or enough time to do the things you REALLY want to do in life?   My guest today, Robert Collier, does not.   That’s because… he’s already doing it!   No, Robert is not a millionaire or a trust fund baby. He didn’t win the lottery […]

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Imagine you’re 90 years old.   You’re sitting on the front porch of your house. You’re curled up in a rocking chair made of wood with a few feather pillows. An afghan is resting across your lap, keeping you warm. You’re looking out onto the front yard of your home, and you’re reminiscing about your […]

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Let me channel one of my favorite TED talks of all time for a moment.   Drew Dudley, I’m lookin’ at you.   Can you remember the last time someone said something or did something that fundamentally made your life better?   Maybe it was a teacher who told you that you were good enough. Maybe […]

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It was about 2 years ago that I first walked into a YCP event.   Completely new. Completely alone. Completely out of place.   I did that whole, awkwardly-lean-on-the-table-closest-to-the-door-in-case-I-need-to-make-a-quick-exit thing, and scanned the room. There were no fewer than 100 people, ranging in age from about 23 to 43, all chatting in a very lively […]

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This week, I’m interviewing peer and dear friend, Brad Myers.   Brad and I had the fortune of meeting at a mutual friend’s wedding (again, where all good things happen!) about two years ago. In the time since our serendipitous introduction, we’ve become so much more than friends. We challenge each other when things are […]

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