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The Difference Between Amateurs and Professionals

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***Personal Development Series: Ideas That Matter***

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          Farnham Street is one of my favorite sites for wisdom on mental models and other ideas that can make a difference in our lives. Today’s post shares a thoughtful list of the differences between the “amateur” and the “professional” and offers much food for thought. What can you learn from this essay?

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Hacking Creativity: How Play Is Crucial To Your Success

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          All human creativity and development emerge from the interactions among playing, making, and knowing. This is the fundamental principle behind my book in progress “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life” and its related resource guides. Today’s post from the Medium offers reflections and insight into this important truth.

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Source: Hacking Creativity: How Play Is Crucial To Your Success

 

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A Primer on Critical Mass

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***Personal Development Series: Understanding Critical Mass***

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          Farnham Street’s series on mental models is one of the most important series of essays you can explore and today’s post is a particularly important one. Both our personal and professional growth, our contributions to the world around us, depend on our understanding and internalizing the concept of  “critical mass.” This is a rather long read but repays coming back it at least several times a year. What are the current “tipping points” or “critical masses” in your life?

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Source: A Primer on Critical Mass

 

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The 1 Mindset All Successful People Have in Common – The Mission – Medium

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***Personal Development Series: The Foundation for Living Well***

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          It has been a few weeks since I posted a personal development idea. Today’s post from the Medium deserves a thoughtful reading and meditation on our responses to what happens in our lives. As a very strong “Type A” personality, I need something like this on a regular basis.

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Source: The 1 Mindset All Successful People Have in Common – The Mission – Medium

 

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What’s Wrong With Being A Jack Of All Trades? – Personal Growth – Medium

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***Personal Development Series: Enter the Generalist***

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          For decades there has been too much emphasis on specialization, not enough on the “endless curiosity” needed for true success. To consider this as a necessary either/or is to misunderstand all the important contributions to civilization. If you would live a meaningful life, combining depth and breadth is the key. Today’s post offers a useful meditation for a quiet walk in the woods.

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Source: What’s Wrong With Being A Jack Of All Trades? – Personal Growth – Medium

 

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David Foster Wallace: How to Create a Life of Meaning and Awareness

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***Personal Development Series: Wisdom for the Weekend***

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          David Foster Wallace’s writings offer some much-needed wisdom we need to explore every so often. In this essay Zat Rana offers some key ideas in Foster Wallace’s own words and reflections on their importance in our lives. Spend some time this weekend meditating on them in nature and find the refreshment that comes from a brief break from the everyday.

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Source: David Foster Wallace: How to Create a Life of Meaning and Awareness

 

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10 Speeches That Will Leave You in Awe – Personal Growth – Medium

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***Personal Development Series: Great Ideas for New Directions***

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          Zat Rana’s contributions to Medium’s Personal Growth section are always worth reading. Today’s post is especially rich in ideas for you to ponder. It offers ten speeches we all can appreciate from thoughtful people from various backgrounds. This is a post to return to time and time again. The best featured images for this post are from the ever-wonderful Buddha Doodles.

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Source: 10 Speeches That Will Leave You in Awe – Personal Growth – Medium

 

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Strategy: How to Think Like a Chess Player – Personal Growth – Medium

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          This is a companion piece to the one on how wars are won from Aeon Essays. While this essay seems to be most about individual growth, it has important implications for the growth of a movement or collaborative as well. Thinking like a chess player is key for individuals; it is also a vital attribute for an organization or community faced with challenges of any kind. Kudos to Medium and Zat Rana for this contribution. Because a key lesson here is looking at challenges through a different lens, the featured images are from my Flowing Water Series taken in central Florida.

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Source: Strategy: How to Think Like a Chess Player – Personal Growth – Medium

Flowing Water Series
Copyright 2014
Regina MJ Kyle

Flowing Water Series
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Regina MJ Kyle

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12 Small Habits That Compound Into Meaningful Success and Happiness

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***Personal Development Series: Small Things Make Solid Foundations***

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          This is the best personal development essay I have read in a long time. Zat Rana writes some of the most thoughtful essays on Medium, a treasure chest of good writings. These twelve habits are not meant to be seen in isolation but to be used in a system of personal growth and development. Take the time to reflect on and explore this piece. By the way, there is no silver bullet here as there is no silver bullet in life!

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Source: 12 Small Habits That Compound Into Meaningful Success and Happiness

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Zen and the Art of Quality – Personal Growth – Medium

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***Personal Development Series: Goodby to Robert Pirsig***

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          This is a week for losing people who really have made a difference in our lives. Robert Pirsig wrote only two books, but these two have had a profound influence across the decades. Today’s post is a brief and lovely tribute to Pirsig by Brad Stulberg in Medium. Rest among the stars, philosopher of the essence. The featured images are from the ever-wonderful Buddha Doodles. Robert would have loved her work.

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Source: Zen and the Art of Quality – Personal Growth – Medium

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