The word “pivot” has officially left the building. Remember when it was all we heard about for six months straight at the beginning of the pandemic? Businesses large and small were forced to pivot as their models were disrupted, and the marketplace was turned upside-down by lockdowns and COVID protocols. The art of the pivot, as this was happening, was all the rage.

Now, as the dust has settled a bit, we’re entering a post-pivot world. We get it. The pandemic hasn’t come to a halt yet and there are still some unknowns in the world, but that initial pivot…

It can be really easy in life to spend time looking backward, ruminating on what has already passed. That word, “ruminate,” is interesting. There are two meanings for it. First, it means to go over in the mind repeatedly, and often casually or slowly. Second, it speaks to how a cow eats. Simply put, they digest their food by chewing it, swallowing it, and then bringing it back up so they can chew it all over again. Repeating this un-swallowing process over and over improves digestion.

Ruminating works great for cows. Unfortunately, it can create very different results for us.

We’ve all heard it more times than any of us would like to admit, and many of us have used it. It’s one of the most abrasive words we will hear or say… as well as being one of the most overused. It may have even come out of your mouth this week. And, if you didn’t verbalize it, you probably thought it.

“I’m so… Busy.”

How often, when someone asks you how you are doing, is that your go-to response? We’re sharing this today because we’re all guilty of using it, and we hear it from others all the…

When I wrote the blog post, “Living Life on Purpose — Your Personal Mission Statement,” I had no idea the impact it would make. Since it was published, it has been viewed thousands of times, and I’ve heard from so many individuals who have used it as the launchpad for creating their own personal mission statements. I’ve also heard from couples who have used my Couples Mission Statement exercise to help strengthen their relationships together.

So what are the benefits of getting clear on your purpose and writing your personal mission statement? Why are people so drawn to this post…

Driving back to my office from a client, a trip of just a couple of miles, I encountered eleven “Help Wanted” signs. Eleven. I counted each of them as I passed by. Feather flags, vinyl banners, yard signs, banners on poles, window clings, digital monuments… It’s a sign company’s dream-come-true.

America needs signs right now.

Do you know what it needs even more?

Workers.

As worried as we are today about what’s contagious, who’s vaccinated and who’s wearing their mask, there’s another pandemic at play in America right now. …

In a recent episode of the School of Greatness podcast, Lewis Howes interviewed Ryan Smith, the CEO and co-founder of Qualtrics. To set the stage a bit, Qualtrics is a platform that helps gather and analyze data and conduct market research. From the research side, Ryan talked about how they initially saw universities as being early adopters for their solutions. He shared an interesting story about making assumptions about our customers…

As Ryan shared, originally Qaultrics approached universities and tried to sell them their software and services. They had no luck, so they dropped one rung lower on the ladder…

“I don’t know if I can reach it… I’m afraid I’m going to miss the grip and fall.”

“I’ve got you. The rope will catch you — just go for it. Trust me.

I was roped in and climbing the side of a rock face in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. Above me, just beyond reach, there was a crack that I could use as a grip… if I could get to it. About fifty feet below me was the ground where I had begun my ascent. I was closer to the top than I was to the bottom now, and…

When we explored the launch of our new podcast, Grit Meets Growth, there were so many places to go for advice and success tips. We spent time watching videos on YouTube, reading blog posts and articles on Medium, and digging deep into the podcasting subreddits. We live in an exciting time when we have all of this information at our fingertips for free, where we can get mentored digitally by experts who have already traveled these paths.

Of all the lessons and recommendations we found, here’s the best piece of advice we received. …

“Quit” has become a dirty word. None of us wants to be labeled a “quitter.” I’m a loud supporter of not quitting myself. But let’s turn the tables for a minute. What if quitting is exactly what we need to achieve what we want? Maybe quitting isn’t so bad. Perhaps we just need to reframe it a bit…

Let’s start here. The act of quitting is not positive or negative on its own. What defines whether quitting is good or bad is WHY we’re stopping. It’s all about context. The reasons behind our quitting are what really matter.

You might…

I’ve written in the past about the art and power of active listening. It’s one of those practices, especially when you pair it with some natural curiosity, that opens doors to so many opportunities. But what happens when, as you’re listening, someone shares with you an area where you need to do some work? What if all that listening leads down a path to a place where you have a weakness?

This happened to me twice yesterday. As serendipity would have it, I had two separate conversations that led to the exact same fork in the road — to that…

John Gamades

Creative, entrepreneur, blogger, husband, and dad — focused on cutting through the negative noise with a message of positivity and growth.

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