Fear of Genius

There is a huge fear underneath every complaint: If I took the Big Leap into my Zone of Genius, I might fail. What if I really opened up to my true genius and found that my genius wasn’t good enough? Better to keep the genie in the bottle and coast along in the Zone of […]

Innovation is refusing to coast

Innovation is the opposite of average. It is refusing to coast, rejecting the status quo, and having the courage to shake up the meaningless routines that lead to laziness. Innovation is the act of exploring new ideas, and every leader must develop this habit in his own life if he wants to become a change […]

A boat with one oar

Setting goals in only one or two areas of life is like rowing a boat with only one oar — you go round and round in only one direction. If you use all your creativity in just one area of your life, you are destined to be one-dimensional in others. (What’s the use of being […]

Don’t blame the employee

Organizations rarely believe they’re to blame when an employee underperforms, but if the organization doesn’t provide the opportunity for success, it’s their fault when people falter.

Clone Success

As you analyze your situation, you’re sure to find some things that are working better than others. Don’t obsess about the failures. Instead, investigate and clone successes. in other words, don’t work on stamping out failures build on what’s working

Making Sure You Fail

People raise the bar when they consider starting a new habit, and then, from an impulse that’s either enthusiasm or unconscious self-sabotage, they suggest refinements that make the habit prohibitively challenging. A person decides to start exercising, and instead of aiming to walk for twenty minutes a day, he decides to start a routine that […]

Failure as Growth

Study after study shows that if we are able to conceive of failure as an opportunity for growth, we are all the more likely to experience that growth.

You’re Always Moving

If you’re trying to succeed in a job or a relationship or at a task, you’re either moving forward, falling behind, or standing still.

You are not your project

That our project has crashed is not a reflection of our worth as human beings. It’s just a mistake. It’s a problem — and a problem can be solved.