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Honey, It's For You

Working at the beach epiphany

Sanibel Island thunderstorm
Metaphorical example of midlife crisis shortly before we fall to our knees.

 

Working at the beach epiphany…

When you reach a point where you just want to scream or fall apart, the next step after rethinking everything is deciding how badly you want to change.

And the epiphany is this:

It’s the same thing when i talk to a CEO, “How bad do you want it?”

You have to want it.

Nothing is more important than wanting it.

Without the declaration of “whatever it takes”, change will not happen.

Wish i had better news, but that’s the reality.

 

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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

 

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Mid Life Crisis Is When...

Refrigerator art for midlife

Epcot landscaping
Yesterday after lunch, walking back to our car. The walk, and the time and conversation together, was not urgent.

 

The urgency of daily living feels like a good reason to abandon the important thing we postpone for later.

We become more aware of the reality of our time on Earth and the limitations placed on us by our life’s choices, and the evaporating options remaining.

Looking back, we can’t remember what that urgent thing was. All we have to show for it now is the the habit we didn’t change.

 

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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

This website is about our mental attitude. To easily and safely leave this site to read today’s post on jeff’s physical health website, click here.

 

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Recommit

The art of midlife looking

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Seriously, every single day before heading out the door, i write five different blogs on five different web sites. The sun is just beginning to hit Cinderella Castle.

 

The art of midlife looking (seeing your life differently).

  • Be ever present
  • Continuously break the self-imposed tyranny of conformity
  • See the wonderland in your dreams

Art is doing things differently or better than the way the Herd does it.

My breakthrough arrived insidiously, during 2014. That 2008 impossible goal to write five different blogs on five different sites was ridiculous. On top of that, i wrongly envisioned it morphing into something remarkable.

Yet miraculously, i never abandoned writing five daily, differently-themed blogs on five different websites.

And the art that is created each morning is original and different, but definitely not better. The beauty in art is that different is all you need.

 

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Entrepreneurship

He was unassuming in midlife

College Admission logistics seminar
Yesterday, one of the first to arrive.

 

College Admission logistics seminar
Pretty compelling reasons to listen.

 

College Admission logistics seminar
He’s there to sell more stuff, truth be told. No harm, no foul.

 

College Admission logistics seminar

 

College Admission logistics seminar
Not a great photo, but definitely captures a moment in time.

 

College Admission logistics seminar
Panorama. Seniors did not attend.

 

He was unassuming in midlife. Arriving early, i introduced myself but never mentioned i am a speaker too.

He was much better than i had expected. Shame on me for stereotyping.

His energy, enthusiasm, stage presence, and subject matter expertise was exceptional. When i had asked how many times he had given this presentation, he said it was over 2,000.

He was polished.

And then something unexpected happened, and as a speaker with no influence, i watched helplessly from the last row. The audience’s attention slowly started unraveling after an hour. We still had 45 minutes to go. It got worse.

Not once in the hour and 45 minute speech, for example, was the audience invited to stand up. Not once was the audience invited to do something fun or silly.

Being polished is a double-edged sword.

A room of 300 teens after lunch is a handful – all the way to the finish line.

Insight: i’m thinking deeply about my presentations, especially the second halves.

 

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About Mid Life Celebration

Fear sucks

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No one is immune from fear. The game changers overcame fear.

 

Fear is a one-way, all expenses paid trip to an unfulfilled life.

How do i know?

How do any of us know.

We just know. It’s called life.

Fear permeates our being until one day, if we’re lucky (or until we stand up in protest) we demand a refund and buy a new ticket.

A ticket to rethink, reprioritize, and recommit.

If not now, when.

If not ever, why?

 

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