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103 Think abundantly to achieve your purpose

Humility, anyone? Do you think abundantly? Do you live abundantly? Do you give abundantly? As God does? As humanists do? What does all that mean? Perhaps you have followed my career change as I take up writing. Some courses have been helpful: teachers regularly refer to an abundance mindset. It means giving out generously, overdelivering. We try to be creators of abundance. On the other hand, abundance mindset is often invoked to goad the customer into thinking higher prices. Sellers claim great benefits from their products and then promise great earning power to those who complete their courses. Abundance thinking …

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73 Intelligence over Obstacles

Hard-wired Do we separate “us” from “them”? Neuropsychologists tell us that we are hard-wired to do so. However, they also tell us that we are hard-wired for cooperation. Let us accept that cooperation occurs among humans to reduce our separation. Benefits We have already discussed measurement theory. Here we do not need a scientific scale of accomplishments. We can apply the question, “does this idea make us better off?” Putting others ahead of self focuses on collective advancement. I benefit when you perform at your best. Adding us all together makes the world better. By including everyone, we are at …

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69 Shoes to fill

In 1961 I entered the University of Chicago a decade after the founding of radio station WFMT where the cofounder Rita Jacobs (later Willens) was famous for beseeching listeners on air “Is anybody out there listening? We’re broke.” The station was built on the premise that it did not have to play pop music to survive. In 1979 it was the first US radio station to broadcast 24×7 stereo programming by satellite throughout the country, never abandoning its classical music format. That image impresses me before every article I write because I know the penniless feeling. This blog measures a …

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64 Please disagree

Today’s title is a special request. The article explains how to carry it out. The jovial expression in the staged photo communicates something other than despair. That lighthearted view of disagreement is quite different from serious conflict. High-energy union in competition A sportsmanlike contest is cooperation. The 1949 movie Adam’s Rib stars Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as a married couple whose love includes fighting fiercely in the courtroom or on the political stage. Athletes compete vigorously while understanding that their performance will bring out the best in the other party. The benefits are understood by and accrue to both …

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63 Be sad yesterday

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Kahlil Gibran What a relief! The sorrow comes first. The carving tool gets out of the way before you fill the vessel. Most of the search results for “sorrow into joy” point to the Bible. However, citing authority is less powerful than concrete example. Consider instead the rewards of PMA (positive mental attitude) and action. Many success coaches, not only grief counselors, start their stories saying, “I’ve been there.” In the business world the shared sorrow is scarcity. Leaders show how they transformed that into abundance. …

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56 If not self, who?

When I was in early grade school, the most popular political satirist was Al Capp. In his comic strip Li’l Abner, the neighborhood youth in Dogpatch built a spaceship. The government was not able to do that because of all the red tape. One of the last articles in my Ernstraud Magazine described neighborhood cooperation. A tree dropped a large limb that completely blocked traffic past my house. I set about sawing off branches and in fifteen minutes four neighbors with saws had joined me. The street was clear in half an hour. No city bureaucracy could have beat our …

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