Access to rare influential leaders and coaches has created a seemingly unfair benchmark that we all apply to our everyday interactions.

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One of the consequences of the Information Age and access to basically unlimited content is increasing expectations. These expectations are often highlighted in the teen depression statistics stemming from an Instagram fueled facade of what kind of life is possible or expected, the success stories and after-photos from diets that camouflage the discipline and work required for results, and in overall consumer preferences of the 21st century. The concept of increasing expectations is not new or different. But it…


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“If you can find an audience of 100 people, you can find an audience of 1000 people, all you need is time” — Burak Esen

An asset. That is how Burak Esen, the creator of Modern Analects, refers to his five days a week email newsletter, social media ecosystem, and brand. Esen created Modern Analects at a time in his life when the two crossroads of I have a unique ability to provide value to people and I can change people’s opinion of me intersected. That isn’t to say his decisions aren’t meticulous or completely calculated, but it differs from…


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Not many would argue that being different can be valuable. Different stands out, different innovates, different has become synonymous with creativity and entrepreneurship. There are countless examples of moguls, celebrities, founders and historical figures who romanticize and credit their successes to “being different”, from Simon Cowell to Taylor Swift and even Winston Churchill.

“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it” — Winston Churchill

The problem is many people talk about being different as an inherent trait or set of dispositions they were born with. One of the most common scripts you see is I was a weird kid…


From an outsider’s perspective.

I have been meaning to write about the NBA for awhile now, and with free agency upon us and everybody and their brother drooling over the thought of a Terry Rozier + Cody Zeller pick and roll, I figured this was as good time to talk basketball while everybody is in the mindset. Instead of grading free-agent signings, or power-ranking teams for 2020, I want to touch on the marco-elements of the league and larger discussion topics that will be used to drive upcoming decision making of General Managers, the news cycle surrounding the NBA, and…


Season 8 episode 3 is going to live on as a classic Game of Thrones battleground of philosophies between the Marvel-lover, big battle scenes, and non-stop fighting crowd, and the wider-cannon, history of Valyria, what type of granite was used to build The Citadel nerds. Everybody has heard the numbers already… it was the most expensive and biggest battle scene in TV history, and besides not being able to see what was going on for the first thirty minutes, it did not disappoint. Quickly, the vantage point shot of the Dothraki hoard with flaming swords getting absolutely extinguished by a…


Add another Game of Thrones recap article to your reading queue, creativity is overrated anyway. No lists, winners and losers, or Iron Throne power rankings, this is just going to be a rambling of my initial thoughts on Season 8 Episode One. As an aside, I did my best to not read or listen to much else before writing this, so hopefully there is something original in here.


The idea of work, as in occupation or career as opposed to plethora of other meanings for the word, is a relative certainty in the scope of things that are traditionally questioned. And not whether to work or not to work, but the anatomy of the work itself. The blueprint is a one-to-one symbiotic relationship between employer and employee. To paint the picture, employee Jennifer works as an accountant for “X” company, and said company has piles of legal documents restricting what Jennifer can do outside of her work. When she wants to try something different, she has to tell…


This question seems simple enough, but every time I try and answer it in my own head I make it more and more complicated. So I figured I’d try to put it into words. The easy answer, that deep down might be the case, is because I think I would be really good at it and can leverage it into something beneficial to me. But, while that might make the most sense on the surface I am not positive I actually believe it. …

James McGrath

I know as little as everyone else, but this keeps me from drinking every weekend. Denver, CO

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