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Congratulations! You Have Reached The Middle

One of my favorite childhood poems is A. A. Milne's "Halfway Down". It is a short poem that captures the essence of being neither at the top, nor at the bottom. In this poem, being in the middle is not meant to be disparaging, it is meant to be a state in itself. And here we are, soon reaching the mid-year mark. In organizations across the world mid-year retrospection and reviews will begin. We will check ourselves, our strategies and our results. We will work to recalibrate and redefine where we are versus where we want to be. But: - will we celebrate the milestone? - will we acknowledge the journey? - will we dare to imagine the destination isn't what we intended, but like in the poem "it'

Do Something that Scares the Hell Out of You

It is scary to release a book out into the big wide world. Never mind dealing with fears like - is it good enough? Or, - what if no one reads it? I am talking about a fear that is even more primal than the fear of failure or criticism, I am talking about the fear of and an aversion to self promotion. Raise your hand, if you, like me, were raised to not toot your own horn. Breaking into social media, building websites, finding a so-called following or readership - now that is scary. But THE MOST TERRIFYING of all self-promotion related activities - hands down- is the headshot. It is not just that I am "objectively" one of the most un-photogenic people in the world. It is not just because I





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