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The Progress Is In The Process

A few things I’ve learned the past year:
Talk about your goals. Have the ambition to set them high and the perseverance to always follow through. But most importantly, fall in love with the process that occurs along the way. Life is a journey, not a checklist. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and lessons to be learned. Let those things make you wiser, make you stronger, and make you more grounded in your visions and values. And while it is important to always keep your long-term goals in check, never forget that your life is still happening right in front of you. Make each day count. Never give less than 100%. Say thank-you more than necessary. Smile at strangers. You get out of life what you put in- so do what makes you happy, and do it to your fullest potential. Love when you’re learning, love when you’re growing, and love when you’re succeeding. Because if you don’t love the process, the results will never be enough to keep you happy.

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Be the Change

Be the change that you want to see. In the world. In the office. In the lives of the people you love. In the lives of strangers. Don’t wait on the perfect circumstances or timing or someone else to step up first. Start today. Act today and everyday exactly how you envision everyone would in your perfect world. Be relentless with your efforts but compassionate with your thoughts. The steps you take and actions you do may seem small and insignificant at first, but the only way to ever get to your destination is plant your feet and start walking.

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The Catalyst Manifesto

“I see how things are and dream, wide-eyed, of how things could be. I cherish innovation as a noble purpose. While politicians pander, bureaucrats bully, and academics theorize, I relentlessly produce. The status quo is my enemy. I suspect tradition, reject conformity, loathe mediocrity. I am proud to be a pioneer, renegade, idealist, visionary. I do not sell out to safety nets and benefits. Time clocks make me shudder. I refuse to play by rules imposed by others. I believe that that riskiest life is playing it safe. I will always bet my money on guts over brains, tenacity over talent. I do not take counsel from my fears. Life’s only guarantee is my freedom to choose my responses to circumstances. Shoulders squared and head held high, I boldly choose the risk of freedom over the certain bondage of security. I am an entrepreneur and it is my intention to create. I am the master of my fate. I am the architect of my empire. I am the author of my legacy. And everyday I vow to help others find themselves as I create my own masterpiece.”