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Seven Ways To Live By Your Passions, Not Others’ Expectations

By Crucibles, Design, Leadership, Life of Significance, Purpose, Resources

For many of us, we live our lives to please others, to make them happy. We are often told that if we think of ourselves, our needs, our dreams, that is selfish. We need to be practical. We need to be selfless and think of our obligation to our family, to our friends, to those at work that depend on us. After all, don’t we care about our co-workers and their families? We should want to serve those that work with us and for us. Isn’t that what servant leadership is all about?

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Not Feeling Thankful? These 7 Tips Can Get You In The Holiday Spirit.

By Crucibles, Design, Leadership, Life of Significance, Purpose, Resources

Thanksgiving can be a wonderful time with family and friends. But Thanksgiving can also be a somber time where we mourn those no longer with us, and perhaps mourn relationships that are not what they once were. Thanksgiving can also be a lonely time where we don’t have family and friends that we feel comfortable being with. How do we navigate Thanksgiving with these mixed emotions, some good and some not so good?

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Think Your Vision is Too Small? These 7 Truths Will Change Your Mind.

By Crucibles, Design, Leadership, Life of Significance, Purpose, Resources

Sometimes after a crucible — a devastating setback or failure that fundamentally alters the course of our lives — we struggle to find a way forward. We find it challenging to find a vision worthwhile to devote our lives to. Even if we do find such a vision, there is often a tendency to think that our vision is pretty small. How much difference can our vision make in the world? There are so many problems that exist, and what we are planning on doing we might think may not make a lot of difference to those problems. Besides, we know people or we have heard of people making huge differences in the world. We are so not them. So why bother? What difference is it all going to make?Those are big numbers. Meaningful numbers. But not unanimous numbers. They raise the very real possibility that at least a few of you reading these words might be among that 28 percent who would answer “no” to the survey question mentioned above. Which makes me think, in our mission to share with those who engage with us that their worst day doesn’t have to define them, how can you know if you’ve had a crucible? Three thoughts come to mind…

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Three Ways to Use Our Crucible Hacks to Build a Life of Significance

By Crucibles, Design, Leadership, Life of Significance, Purpose, Resources

Earlier this month we wrapped up our special 10-part summer series, CRUCIBLE HACKS. Over its nine episodes we offered listeners “hacks” to help them identify the building blocks of their lives of significance. Then, in the tenth and final episode, we helped them get the most out of the hacks we discussed so they could get themselves on, and keep themselves on, the path to their own unique life of significance.
Those are big numbers. Meaningful numbers. But not unanimous numbers. They raise the very real possibility that at least a few of you reading these words might be among that 28 percent who would answer “no” to the survey question mentioned above. Which makes me think, in our mission to share with those who engage with us that their worst day doesn’t have to define them, how can you know if you’ve had a crucible? Three thoughts come to mind…

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Not Sure You’ve Had a Crucible? 3 Ways to Find Out.

By Crucibles, Design, Leadership, Life of Significance, Purpose, Resources

We have even commissioned a statistically valid study that tells us that 72 percent of more than 11,000 people surveyed so far say they have “experienced an event so traumatic or painful that it fundamentally altered the course” of their lives.

Those are big numbers. Meaningful numbers. But not unanimous numbers. They raise the very real possibility that at least a few of you reading these words might be among that 28 percent who would answer “no” to the survey question mentioned above. Which makes me think, in our mission to share with those who engage with us that their worst day doesn’t have to define them, how can you know if you’ve had a crucible? Three thoughts come to mind…

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2 Crucible Hacks to Help You Turn Broken Into Breakthrough

By Crucibles, Design, Leadership, Life of Significance, Purpose, Resources

We are in the midst of our special summer podcast series, Crucible Hacks, in which we’re taking nine weeks to unpack ways to make bouncing back from a crucible simpler (there’s a 10th episode that’s not about hacks but about giving you insight into how to apply the hacks). We’re spotlighting the best practices listeners can undertake at each step of the journey from tragedy to triumph, guiding them along the path of what we call the Beyond the Crucible Refining Process.

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Wired for Significance: Learn and Leverage Your Design

By Design

The key to leading a life of significance, a life that helps others, and moving beyond a searing experience, a crucible moment, where you are forever changed, is to understand your design.  We are all designed a certain way.  If we look at those around us, our children, siblings, and our loved ones, we all come out of the box with our own wiring.  We may be creative and artistic or love math and the sciences, or we may be adventurous and athletic.  We all have certain aptitudes.  If we are wise, we will understand our innate strengths and giftings, and build upon them.

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