The System: Self Show,


Early in my entrepreneurial career, I was selling real estate rentals in the Boston area.  After two months on the job I was failing miserably and almost ready to quit.  My working strategy was to churn through as many prospects as I could, always moving on to the next client.

The System: Self Show,

How to Fail Your Way to Success

Gurdjieff, the early 20th century mystic, teaches that human beings develop along two trajectories, that of being and knowledge.  Developing along just one line without the other leaves a person one-dimensional and limited.  And it is often through the very struggle of adversity that being is developed.  Everybody fails at

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Chaos and Creativity

Esoteric teachings often emphasize hardship as a necessary ingredient for transformation. A person might walk through life blindly until some crisis shakes their worldview. The crisis becomes a catalyst for some profound change. This can happen individually and collectively. A natural disaster or large scale act of violence will suddenly

The System: Self Show,

Learning to Listen

Recently I was having a heated conversation with a close friend of mine. She was giving me work related feedback and I wasn’t being particularly receptive.  Ironically, the feedback was related to a listening exercise that I was testing and I wanted to tell her that no, she just wasn’t

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Surrender for the Win

I love juicy words like surrender.  I spent years confronted by this concept. For something that is at the heart of so many religious and spiritual traditions, it was hard for me to connect with surrender in a practical and accessible way.  I felt certain that something that is so

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Being With Discomfort

This week we delve into one of my favorite subjects – being with discomfort. Somehow, this one never gets old – a) because it’s so hard to do and b) because it’s the key to wholeness. What’s that?  Discomfort is the key to wholeness?  But I thought wholeness was all

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