Category Archives: Leadership

Golf and Gossip (and anything else for that matter)

You are not good at golf the first time you ever take a swing.

The more you play, the better you get.

Sure, some have a natural swing, but for most, the more they tee it up, the better they get.

And this goes for everything.

The more we tee up a critique, the better we become at critiquing. The more we tee up empathy and compassion the more comfortable we become at leaving our shoes and entering another’s.

So here’s the work…

Can you be aware enough today (and tomorrow) to realize that your practices and disciplines may have you on a trajectory that is nowhere close to your true goals and desires?

Practice doesn’t make perfect.

It creates purpose.

 

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12 Notes

For 700 years, 12 notes have made up all of the music and every song we’ve ever created and experienced.

What has consistently been the few things responsible for the music you have experienced and brought into the world?

Truth > Trend

Choose Wonder Over Worry with Amber Rae / Podcast 105

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Called “The Brené Brown of Wonder” by Mind Body Green and a “Millennial Motivator” by Fortune, Amber Rae is an author, artist, and speaker whose work invites you to live your truth, befriend your emotions, and express your gifts.

Her writing blends raw, personal storytelling with actionable aha! moments, and has reached over 5 million people in 195 countries. Her public art has spread to more than twenty countries, and she’s spoken to and collaborated with brands like Kate Spade, Apple, Amazon, Lululemon, and Unilever. She’s been featured in The New York TimesTIMEFast CompanyBBCABC World News, Tim Ferriss’s blog, and more.

Previously, Amber helped launch six best-selling books as Chief Evangelist of Seth Godin’s publishing experiment and started an “accelerator for your life” called The Bold Academy. She lives in Brooklyn and around the world with her fiancé, Farhad.

Amber joins Good / True / & Beautiful Podcast in Episode 105 as we discuss her book Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential.

You can stream or download this episode in iTunes, Stitcher, and at AshtonGustafson.com.

Final GTB

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That’s How it Works

We fall down. We get back up. We fall down. We get back up.

We learn to do it right by doing it wrong.

We become compassionate for others by being compassionate for ourselves.

The deeper I can go into you, I will eventually find myself. The deeper I can go into myself, eventually I will find you.

We follow our minds into the algorithms we’ve been taught. We follow our hearts into life’s oceans of possibility.

There is knowing and there is unknowing.

There is light and there is dark.

And all of this is the School of Love.

That’s how it works.

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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

The Way of the Essentialist involves doing less, but better, so you can make the highest possible contribution.

The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s not about getting less done. It’s about getting only the right things done. It’s about challenging the core assumption of ‘we can have it all’ and ‘I have to do everything’ and replacing it with
the pursuit of ‘the right thing, in the right way, at the right time’. It’s about regaining control of our own choices about where to spend our time and energies instead of giving others implicit permission to choose for us.

In Essentialism, Greg McKeown draws on experience and insight from working with the leaders of the most innovative companies in the world to show how to achieve the disciplined pursuit of less.

By applying a more selective criteria for what is essential, the pursuit of less allows us to regain control of our own choices so we can channel our time, energy and effort into making the highest possible contribution toward the goals and activities that matter.

This week at Good / True / & Beautiful Podcast Greg McKeown joins us as we talk about Essentialism and the numerous key takeaways this work offers.

You can stream or download this episode in iTunesStitcher, and at AshtonGustafson.com

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