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The Mark of Mastery

Never let leading take the lead over learning.

Our greatest responsibility is not to the growth of others, but to the continual evolution of our own intelligence, our own integrity, and our own sense of imagination.

The best way to reach the people we teach is by maintaining what Zen Philosophy calls a “beginner’s mind.”

The most inspiring teachers are not those who are merely filled with knowledge, but rather those who are also filled with wonder.

The mark of mastery is insatiable curiosity.

We lead best when we learn most.


It’s Not Easy Being Right

“You can be right without being righteous about it.” -Ram Dass

Why do people have such a difficult time admitting they’re wrong?

Maybe (just maybe) because those who are right are not always so gracious about the fact that they are right.

Sometimes we’re more invested in proving our point than in making it easier for people to adapt to the challenges and complexities involved in adopting and assimilating new ideas.

The experience of being wrong is difficult because the experience of being right is difficult.



Give yourself permission to be brief when you need to be brief.

And give yourself permission to be lengthy when you need to be lengthy.

But whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of refusing to give yourself permission to write anything just because you fear being too brief or too lengthy.

It’s better to write too little or too much than to write nothing at all.

“Too little” can be used as a foundation for more.

“Too much” can be edited and sized down to what is essential.

Nothing? Well, you can do nothing with nothing.

At least write something. It may not be the end-all/be-all, but you can always build on something.


Thinking Caps Are Always in Style

Critical thinking isn’t just for stuff on the internet. It’s for every medium and every message that will ever exist.

Intelligence is the only technology that never gets outdated.

Our commitment to analyzing and assessing information will always be just as important as the credibility of the sources from which we gather that information.

Wherever we go, offline or online, it’s never a safe thing to leave our thinking caps behind.


The Whole of Me

I am not an entity in the abstract. My existence is made manifest in a specific form. I have shape. I have size. I have color. I have gender. I have sexuality. Wherever I am present, these attributes are present with me. I cannot ignore them. I do not wish to ignore them. I will not deny the particularity of my self-hood by making a virtue out of being appearance-blind, color-blind, gender-blind, or any other kind of blind. My aim in this life is to be conscious, to be as fully aware as possible of the details that comprise my being. The God who is said to be in the details shall not be denied the opportunity to proclaim His presence through the intricacies of my physical form. I am no brain in a vat. I am a body upon the earth. As such, I will not allow the tangible, visible, sensual, corporeal parts of me to be bypassed or undermined in the name of engaging my “essentials.” Nothing that I am is inessential. As long as I live, the whole of me shall be affirmed.

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