Help! Nothing’s wrong!

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How do I relate my success to satisfaction and happiness? Am I chasing something meaningful or just “something”? The more I sit with these questions, the more I have to challenge myself and realize: I’m not really happy with being happy.

It sounds odd, but in my own personal development work (and in my coaching work), I’ve grown to appreciate a really important paradox: high achievers are uncomfortable with real, meaningful achievement.

We’re like dogs chasing a car — we wouldn’t know what to do if we caught it.

This sounds a little far-fetched but, let me tell you, I see it time and time again. I watch highly driven executives finally get to their next big win and what happens then? After about two seconds of celebrating, a new and often bigger anxiety creeps in to ask “what’s next?” …

What consistently sets successful founders apart.

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There is no single recipe for a successful founder or a successful founding team. But there are ingredients that make for more successful founders and teams. I scraped through the research and conducted my own surveys and interviews to arrive at 13 team attributes that predict startup success.

Why doesn’t this matter? For one, no one person has all these attributes, and your success as a founder isn’t as predictable as an article on “13 Traits That Really Matter” might lead you to believe. …

Stop working for your to-do list and make your to-do list work for you.

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A few weeks ago, I had an epiphany. I was talking to my coach about my weekly to-do list and sharing how, typically, I’m frustrated by the anxiety I wrap around it. Frustrated that it seems like I’m being run by my to-do list, not running it.

But this day was different. It was near the end of the week and I hadn’t done a single thing on my to-do list. Not even one thing was crossed off. The kicker? I felt more productive than ever, like I was kicking goals all week.

I was baffled! But, like any good paradox, I knew there would be gold inside of it, if only I could figure it out. The revelation was unsurprisingly simple: I wasn’t going deep enough in my to-do list, which meant I wasn’t focusing on what really mattered. …


Jason R. Waller

Executive coach to passionate CEOs and leaders. Founder, speaker, combat veteran, and ex-consultant. Top writer in Leadership.

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