Creating From the Future

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Every show I play, whether it’s for an audience of 15,000 or 50, I look at it as a party, and I’m the host.
—Tyler Farr, country music singer and songwriter

You already know how to be a great leader. You also know how to solve any problem you have…

Creating From the Future

What would it take for your life to work out perfectly?

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A major chord is when everything in your life works out perfectly, when you have everything you could ever possibly want. Everything. You have the woman you want, you have the music you want, and you have enough money to live comfortably. That’s a major chord. …

Creating From the Future

If you are half-hearted anywhere you are half-hearted.

Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent.
— Miles Davis

Give everything to everything.

Miles Davis, Den Haag, 1986

If you are just beginning and certain that you are an imposter, give everything to everything.

You may be hesitant, lacking confidence. You…

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Creating From the Future

We make the mistake of thinking if we only got now what we needed then that everything would be okay.

W e make the mistake of thinking if we only got now what we needed then that everything would be okay. But no amount of what we needed then will fix what was never broken. The solution was there all along: to let ourselves be ourselves in the world.


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Creating From the Future

Hint: Start with a Tic Tac

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
—Francis of Assisi

You can knock over the Empire State Building with 29 dominos. Each domino knocks over about 1-and-a-half times its mass. The last domino is as tall as the Empire State Building.

Coaching From Essence

What you know in your bones is a great place to start.

Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.
― Horace

I ’m new to coaching,” she begins, “so I don’t really know what I’m doing. The few coaches I know seem to have a toolkit. They went to school. They’re certified. They’ve been doing this. …

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We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

— Joseph Campbell

Before Covid, and before I fled the City for the hills a couple of hours south of San Francisco, I would often meet my clients at…

One client is an architect who wants to create his ideal firm.

Another is a business development executive searching for his next career opportunity.

Another is a creative writer and designer mired in self-doubt about the upcoming marketing campaign for the new product launch.

My first intention is always to…

When I coach entrepreneurs and leaders of early-stage companies, the topic often turns to what they need to focus on to create a successful enterprise. It really comes down to a handful of critical things, what I call The Five Creations of a Leader.

First, you have to create a…

I wrote this draft more than three years ago, in the fall of 2016. I didn’t have the courage to post it. I’m publishing it now, exactly as I wrote it because it has a happy — a very happy — ending. And because I love you.


I was poking…

Robert Ellis

Make a list of everything you really want but think is impossible. I coach leaders. I coach coaches who coach leaders.

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