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Trying to manage schedules, workflow, goals, and all the things that “need” to get done can be challenging. Even more challenging can be trying to get the most important things done amid a sea of things that can distract and derail. Executing on the most important things is something I have been focusing on as we’ve begun the year — it’s one of my goals to try and perfect this process. What’s the most important tool I’ve discovered for getting the most important things done? Daily rituals. …


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Congratulations. You’ve been given a gift, one that almost everyone reading this takes for granted. One more opportunity to hug your kids and kiss your spouse. One more opportunity to reach out to someone you care about and check-in. One more opportunity to do something bold or start something. One more opportunity to challenge yourself and get uncomfortable.

Remember, today was NEVER guaranteed. You took it for granted last night when you went to sleep. You assumed you’d wake up today and have another chance to do all those things you said you’d do tomorrow.

You’d spend time with your…


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Imagine for a moment that you just walked into a master craftsman’s woodshop. Pieces of raw wood are stacked neatly on shelves, and the smell of sawdust fills your nostrils as you enter. You step over a few wood scraps of wood on the floor, and you see more pieces with fresh cuts laid out across a large workbench. The room is filled with equipment — some are hand tools, and others are electric. There’s an old boombox in the back corner, and the sound of seventies rock wanders through the space.

Sitting in the back corner of the shop…


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Many of you will understand this… We walk into work in the morning (even if it’s just a few short steps from our kitchen to our office), and we have some idea of how our day is going to unfold. Spending some time with our calendar, we see a few meetings and calls on our list. We’re going to focus on a handful of projects for the day — work to be done for our customers in the business. Most important, we’ve got some time blocked off to work ON our business. …


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Over the past year, we’ve gotten used to having conversations about how disjointed America is, how split apart we’ve become, and how deep the divide is between us. There was a time not that long ago where we could be friends with people who thought differently than we do and have civil conversations about the things we disagree on. Total alignment was not a requirement for friendship. In fact, my experience has been that I have learned the most in life from people who think differently than I do. Today, we’ve closed the door on those challenging conversations. …


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I’ve written about the idea of mission and mission statements many times in the past. I’ve spent thousands of hours working with companies to help define their mission and purpose, and I’ve also introduced the importance of developing a personal mission statement that guides you in life. Those clear, inspired mission statements, whether they’re being used at work or personally, are powerful. They help define our destinations and provide us with clear steps and guardrails to live by on our journeys.

If that’s true, and I believe that it is, wouldn’t it make sense that a mission statement would be…


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Listening to a podcast today, I caught Lewis Howes and Adam Grant sharing a conversation on mindset. One of the ideas I took away from their discussion is this… If I SAY I value something, but where I’m spending my time and energy doesn’t reflect that value, it’s probably not true.

Actions speak louder than words.

Here’s an example. If I say that I value my health and then skip workouts, eat junk, and neglect my sleep — then I really don’t value it. …


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For years, especially when I was starting my business and walking through my divorce, I experienced regular bouts of self-doubt and imposter syndrome. I got hammered with uncertainty, fear, and insecurity. Seeing other people enjoying success in their businesses and relationships left me wondering if I could ever achieve either of those.

The battle raged in my head, and self-talk was my greatest enemy. My definitions of myself ended up being my most significant stumbling blocks. I was the one telling myself that I was not enough… Then, I started asking myself something different instead.

“Why not me?”

Those three…


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There’s a lot to be said for living in the moment, but I want to challenge how we’re defining that concept for all of us, including myself. For many, this idea of living in the moment means separating past and future from where we’re at right now and simply being present.

My fear is this — I feel like we’ve taken this “living in the moment” concept and oversimplified it. It’s become synonymous with letting go of yesterday or tomorrow and existing 100% in the here and now. The problem I see is this: Yesterday provides us with valuable lessons…


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“You’re so weak and scrawny you couldn’t even carry my golf bag.” I was sixteen when I heard those words directed at me by my basketball coach.

Let me begin with this. In all fairness, my coach’s assessment was pretty accurate. I was a skinny kid at that age, and his golf bag probably weighed more than I did. My shoulders hadn’t filled out, and on the basketball court, my athletic prowess was less than threatening. I owned Jordan’s, but I was no Jordan.

It wasn’t that his words weren’t accurate — it was the WAY he said it. He…

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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