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Does It Matter If Lessons Are Learned?

By Bruce Hoag PhD | November 8, 2019 |

It’s altogether too common to hear leaders, whether in companies or governments, try to absolve themselves of the responsibility for something catastrophic by speaking of the lessons that they have learned. Although some humility usually accompanies such admissions, the overall message seems to be that “we didn’t know any better.” Just learning lessons doesn’t solve…

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Demonetization: How to Deal with the Threat to Your Business

By Bruce Hoag | October 5, 2019 |

In a presentation given in 2017, Peter Diamandis said that nearly everything in the world as we know it today will be demonetized down to its marginal cost. Energy Food Communication Education Healthcare Transportation Water Housing Entertainment Information Insurance Labor These changes are visible already in some areas.   Transportation Depending on where you live,…

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Are You Congruent with Yourself?

By Bruce Hoag | September 14, 2019 |

In geometry, the word congruent means equal, but outside of that context it means to agree. And the question is, “Do you agree with yourself?” Are you congruent with yourself? Now that may sound like a philosophical consideration to be reserved for a time when you’re struggling with insomnia, but I assure that it’s not. In fact, it’s…

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Disrupt, or Disrupted? That is the Question

By Bruce Hoag | July 19, 2019 |

It should come as no surprise that many would-be entrepreneurs are trying to figure out how to create an innovative business by doing what everyone else is doing already. There’s a good reason for that. It’s because when they look at other businesses, all they see are solutions. Pick any business you like. What you…

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How to Face Your Fears

By Bruce Hoag | July 10, 2019 |

This article is entitled How to Face Your Fears.  Did you notice that the last word was plural?  There’s a subtle, but important difference between it and the more common singular version. Fear is a general feeling that’s unspecified. Fears, on the other hand, are specific. You could have a sudden, but inexplicable foreboding, and we’d classify…

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The Road Not Taken

By Bruce Hoag | June 19, 2019 |

In 1920, Robert Frost wrote a poem entitled “The Road Not Taken.” In it, he described a choice in life, whether to take one path or another; whether to go to the right or to the left. And his regret was in the fact that he could not travel along both, for each held its…

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How to Use Procrastination to Get Your Work Done

By Bruce Hoag | June 14, 2019 |

Imagine the last time you witnessed a temper tantrum. Chances are that it was from one or more small children. They were probably with Mom or Dad. They saw something on the shelf that they wanted and took the initiative to put it in the shopping basket. At the checkout, there was a difference of…

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Are You Easily Distracted?

By Bruce Hoag | May 21, 2019 |

Are you easily distracted? Do you struggle to focus? If so, then it means that you’re just like millions of other people who live on this planet, and it’s because there are so many things that are clamoring for our attention. For example, in a typical hour of TV, you get about 19 minutes of 15-30…

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Choosing to be Ordinary

By Bruce Hoag | March 17, 2018 |

You’ve heard about the fear of failure. You may even have heard that some are afraid to succeed. In both cases, that fear causes people to stop what they’re doing and to revert to their old behaviors. Have you ever wondered why? Jon Acuff, in his book Start! Punch Fear in the Face, points out that…

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Living Out of Your Memories, or Imagining the Future

By Bruce Hoag | March 17, 2018 |

I don’t just read books. I study them. On the first pass, I mark and underline words, sentences, and ideas with colored pencils: Dark green for profound truth; light green for something great, but not quite up to the standard of dark green; orange for statements worth noting, blue for other books I ought to…

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