Here is a pretty inspiring story of Gregg Breinberg who took – what could have been – an ordinary teaching job and instilled imagination and passion, transforming it into something far greater for himself and his students. Like many people, I became aware of them a couple of years ago when their videos went viral […] Read more...

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There are a lot of people walking around with the weight of  fear on their shoulders, fear of job security, financial insecurity, and what seems like a  world in constant crisis.  Even in the best of times, there seems to be a prevalence of fear, some people’s lives are ruled by fear, others it is […] Read more...

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I find that the two most obvious places many people stop being themselves are on dates and in job interviews.  Rather than focusing on who we are, and being transparent, it is tempting to spend time thinking what the other person wants to hear.  What will seem most impressive to them?  What is the right […] Read more...

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I am not big on books or articles that espouse numerical requirements to be or succeed at something.   The 7 habits,5Rules, etc.  They often suggest inadequacy, and especially as of late it is a tool to suggest “we” belong to a club you are not qualified for.   In reading this adaptation from The […] Read more...

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Creator of The Office Ricky Gervais talks to the Harvard Business Review on Not Having A Real Job Some of the key points from the interview include: Reminding himself, “It is not real work compared to my dad who was a laborer.” “I feel I am a workaholic because of the privileged position I found […] Read more...

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Ethan Nichtern, a meditation teacher at the Shambhala Center where I learn and practice is kind of young.  I approached our first interaction with a degree of skepticism about learning an ancient tradition from someone so young.  However, I quickly became a fan of his down to earth style and uncanny ability to integrate the […] Read more...

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Highlights from NY Times Interview on careers with Former Hearst Magazines Chairwoman, Cathleen Black. Recently appointed Chancellor NYC Schools. “..be careful about believing that the grass is always greener somewhere else. On the other hand, if it’s going to be a life-changer or a career-changer move, with some reasonable amount of security or success, then […] Read more...

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The Harvard Business Review published an insightful article likening entrepreneurship to a disease.  The the articles author Jeff Stibel says “I liken entrepreneurism to a disease. Having it myself, I am not always sure it is a good thing. That so many people wish to suffer from it just tells me they don’t understand it.” […] Read more...

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Check out our new blog www.oneoak.net  It is all about authenticity and ambition, featuring interviews with some of the world’s most authentic people. You can work for a fat wallet, you can try to impress others, you can play it safe, you can become a hostage to what your friends, neighbors, and peers think, and […] Read more...

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I think a majority of people imagine what it would be like to own a business, or at least be self-employed at some point in their life.  The rewards include freedom, prosperity and being your own boss.    There are also some real and imagined obstacles, including risk, viability, age,  timing, money, and the list […] Read more...

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