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Brian graduated from college with a degree in business and began working in sales and marketing at a regional construction company soon after. He became quite successful as the company grew quickly. Every year, Brian was promoted. Eventually a team of salespeople reported to him. Around that time, the company really took off, and his role grew even more. He was traveling all the time, with high levels of intensity as the company was acquiring more and more businesses. He was under a tremendous a...

Hard to believe, but 2018 is here!  By the second week of January, it’s likely that most people have already decided on some New Year’s Resolutions. For me, I love beginnings, like the beginning of a new year. It’s a fresh start with new possibilities. How about you? In many ways, beginnings give us natural pause and allow us to reset many things, especially behaviors or attitudes that we choose to engage. And once a year, this leads us to make New Year’s resolutions. Our culture ...

How is your holiday season going? Let me tell you about how it’s going for my friend Andy, who celebrates Christmas. Andy is a young executive who travels extensively. He is married to Ginger, and together they have three young children. When we got together, Andy talked about how he had been bracing himself for the beginning of the holiday season (which started the week of Halloween for his young family). Here is what his fall and early winter look like: Starting the last week in October,...

I recently had the awesome opportunity to speak to a group of college students and alumni at The Study Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. I talked about relationships at work, and the intersection of faith and work and how that is expressed in relationships we build through our personal lives and our work. College is often all about finding and working on relationships. Young people are making friendships that will last a lifetime, learning to build mentorship relationships with professors and adviso...

When life seems perfect, I often dream about how beautiful it would be if everything were like that all the time ... and then, there’s a pause. What would it be like if everything were perfect all the time? Could you imagine a life, a family or a career that came up roses for ever and ever? I can certainly dream about it, but when I get to thinking about all of the big, innovative, positive discoveries and changes I’ve made in my life I start to realize they have almost all come from a ...

One of the most basic universal human needs is to love and to be loved. Most of us know this to be true, but there’s a mound of evidence (and plenty of Ted Talks) that back it up, too. Our need to be loved takes many forms, such as the need for touch. Just look at all the studies that show a correlation between developmental delays in babies and a lack of physical contact. One study shows how a parent’s loving touch actually helps to form a childs brain! And I’ve written before about the i...

I didn’t grow up with super heroes. My childhood was a little more serious than that. So now that I’m a grownup, I am captivated by the superhero movies that come out every summer. Naturally, I went to see Wonder Woman in the theater this month. I often leave these movies daydreaming about good versus evil, super powers I’d like to have, and feats of incredible strength. I suppose what I love most about the movie and Wonder Woman is that her type of heroism is the type that promotes lov...

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