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Remove digital distractions from work

Trying to focus on your work and then, Ping! You get distracted. It happens to all of us, and it's bad. This article talks about why it's so bad, and more importantly, what you can do about it. Read more if you're not trying to get anything done. If you are, get back to work!

You’re not paying attention, but you really should be

There is lots to see and pay attention to in our device-heavy, always-on world...but somehow when we look at everything, we see nothing. This article takes the idea of mindfulness and applies it to our awareness of the world around us...what do you see?

Seven ways to feel more in control of your life

Having a greater sense of agency will help you feel more in control of your life, no matter how chaotic your days may be. These researchers from the Greater Good Science Center share 7 ways to create greater agency and improve your overall wellbeing in life.

How to choose a business model that fits your lifestyle

If you're reading this right now thinking 'I want to start my own business that fits my lifestyle needs.' Then this is the place for you to start...READ MORE HERE.

Mindfulness can improve strategy, too

Many leaders practice mindfulness​ as a means to reduce the clutter in their mind and improve their decision making. They then go on to argue that this can benefit organizations as well, particularly in the development of their strategic planning processes. Allowing time to pause, to reflect, to listen, to consider all the possibilities, and not just react, can improve the strategic planning process. Wanna know how?...READ MORE HERE.

On Fear and Confidence

There is one thing I know for sure about being an entrepreneur (or following any dream for that matter). The difference between success and failure lies in your ability to overcome fear. Everybody fails. Those with the greatest success, often failed the most. Albert Einstein failed his first entrance exam to university. Steve Jobs was famously fired from Apple before being re-hired and inventing the iPod and iPhone, changing everyone’s lives forever. Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first broadcast journalism job after just 6 months. Lady Gaga was cut from her first label. We all fail. It’s a necessary part of the journey. So why does it breed so much fear in us? And more importantly, how the hell can we move on from it? I wanted to launch this new business with an article that epitomized my journey to get here, to realize this dream of mine. And when I thought about what that story might be, I kept coming back to the biggest battle I’ve ever fought in my life: the war on fear.

Mindful Entrepreneurship

Ways & Meaning is a website designed for mindful entrepreneurs. But what does that mean anyway? And why does it matter? Well let me tell you, mindful entrepreneurship is the act of being intentional about following your dreams. This article is the ultimate guide to understanding this definition, the characteristics of what makes a mindful entrepreneur and the benefits of choosing this path for your business or venture.

Designing with Purpose

The purpose of design is much more closely linked to strategy than aesthetics. I wrote this article back in 2015 about the connection between purpose and design and it's been one of the most popular articles I've ever published. It's a reminder of how closely linked purpose + design + strategy really are. Keep reading to find out why 🙂

Tara Westover urges graduates to embrace their ‘un-instagramable’ selves

Tis the season for commencement speeches, full of wisdom, advice and positivity for the future. So I couldn't let May go by without including at least one. I thought this speech by author Tara Westover to Northwestern graduates was appropriate for this audience. An acknowledgment that we no longer just have two selves: the person we are when we're alone, and the one we become around others. But now we have a third: the person we share with strangers online. She reminds us that it's our true self, the one we usually keep behind closed doors, that is most important. That is the version we need to nurture and listen to and learn from.

3 Reasons you aren’t doing what you say you will do

In this TEDx video by cognitive psychologist Dr. Amanda Crowell you'll learn how to move beyond mindset-driven defensive failure and into productive failure to succeed at the problems you struggle with the most. She argues that we get trapped in the same cycles, over and over (sound familiar), and offers advice on how to break those cycles and finally succeed at whatever it is you're trying to do.

Companies don’t always need a purpose beyond profit

Despite the title, I agree with this new article from Harvard Business Review. If you're company isn't GENUINELY driven by a purpose beyond profit, then PLEASE don't pretend it is. The reason the author claims lofty mission statements often attract more cynicism than motivation is because no one believes that bull shit. The helpful bit of this article comes from the mention of 'local meaning' or the ability of employees to find personal meaning in the work they do. This is what I advocate for most people who work for someone else. You don't have to pretend that filing taxes for a living is as important as ending poverty, but you should figure out why that work is so meaningful towards your own personal sense of purpose.

Lightening the mental load that holds women back

BCG, the consulting firm, recently surveyed it's employees across the globe to get a better perspective of how raising children, and taking care of the home in general, disproportionately affects women. There results were similar to what others have found in that, even when men help, they're doing the easily outsourced tasks, leaving the 'management' of home and kids to women...thus inflicting a larger 'mental load' for women to carry. They offer some recommendations for companies and families to help alleviate some of the burden on working women. The good news...younger men seem eager to play by these new rules and are making significant progress for the next generation.

Is “mindful entrepreneurship” a thing? Actually, yes.

I sure hope so, because that's what I'm building my entire business around 🙂 This article from Fast Company validates my belief that growth is good, when intentional, not just for the sake of growth. That it can be good to stay small, to have 'good enough' goals, that the need for unsustainable growth is one of the biggest problems with our current economic system.

How thinking about the future can make life more meaningful

As a strategy consultant, I think about the future A LOT (probably too much). But this article helped me to justify my behaviors. Written by a Ph.D researcher for Greater Good Magazine, it chronicles the research on 'prospectus' or how thinking about the future can help us make better decisions, achieve our goals, fight off negative mental health states and just generally become more kind and generous people. Find out how and why.

Are things getting better or worse?

This is a great piece from New Yorker Magazine about how science is mostly in agreement that overall Quality of Life (QOL) is better than ever for Americans (and much of the world), despite what our current President might say (and definitely as opposed to what you hear in the media). Average household income, risk of death by accident and serious disease, crime, teenage drug and alcohol use, etc. are all much, much lower than at any other point in history. Life is good. Right? However, the jury is still out on whether that is translating to a higher Subjective Wellbeing (SWB), or overall sense of happiness and meaning in our lives. A lot of this is about perspective: both the media's and our own, and certainly worth a read

Women did everything right. Then work got ‘greedy.’

I'm not sure if I'm just more aware, or if this topic is actually trending, but I feel like I'm now seeing so many articles (in so many high profile publications, like this one from the New York Times) talking about the need for the 'end of the hustle culture.' This one focuses on how this phenomenon is really hurting women most, particularly within the 'greedy' professions like law, finance and consulting...where women have more potential to outperform men, but aren't. Keep reading if you want to learn why and what we can do about it

Americans’ stress, worry and anger intensified in 2018

A new Gallup poll is out, and unfortunately it's not surprising at all. Even though our economy is soaring, our quality of life (in terms of stress, anxiety and anger) is declining. We may have more money, but there is a serious cost for that. This is a topic I'm very familiar with and one you'll hear me rant about again and again...our collective disillusion about what 'success' means and how focusing too narrowly on profit, making money or growth at all costs is making us sick. The bottom line is that without a clear focus on what matters most to you, the default in our culture is 'more is better.' And according to this new study, the pursuit of more is killing us

“Maslow’s Pyramid” is based on an elitist misreading of the psychologist’s work

When I first read this headline from Quartz I almost had a heart attack as I clicked through. If you're anything like me, and hopefully you are because you're still reading, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is foundational to my education. But this reporter digs into the history to discover the *pyramid* aspect wasn't created by Maslow, and how this misinterpretation has shaped our thinking about who *deserves* self-actualization ever since. A very interesting read.