The most powerful words a person can say

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As an avid reader of a local outdoor magazine, I was surprised to learn from a friend that it was run by a single person.

I immediately wanted to learn more about this guy and his business. I reached out to him and we scheduled a lunch meeting. This was the preCOVID world, oh how I miss those days.

We met for lunch, and after introductions, sat down and chatted. In my initial email, I also mentioned I was researching a business idea. …

Bonus — Treat it like the gift it is

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“We are letting you go.”

“We are having to downsize.”

“We want to go in a different direction.”

“We just can’t afford to keep everyone.”

Sound familiar?

With the year many of us are having. These are all too common phrases, heard by millions of people these last few months. At its peak, in April, Unemployment reached just over 14%. While the rate has gone down substantially, many of us are still looking for work in our chosen field.

Companies are built on values and destroyed by choices

I also didn’t escape the title of unemployed. Although not due to the pandemic. My department had always avoided turmoil, but that changed last year. …

Writer | Travel Nerd | Success Coach | Helping People Live Their Best Lives

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Hi, thanks for checking out my story. My journey to get to where I am today has been a long time in the making. For 25 years, my work revolved around Information Technology; either supporting applications, building hardware, or solving business problems with a combination of both.

For most of those years, I was in operation support and in a constant state of stress. Knowing at any time, I could get a call that could ruin my day, or the next several, depending on what went wrong with the systems I supported.

It should be no surprise that it was one of these calls that changed my life. …

Taking comfort in missing half your opportunities

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Thirteen, that’s how many articles I’ve published on Medium. Thirteen has been a power number my entire life. Having been born on the date, it seemed like an excellent place to reflect on my progress writing.

I’ve had moderate success publishing here. Several of my articles have been curated, and I’ve received feedback that my writing has encouraged people. Which really is all you can ask for as a writer.

If you are superstitious or have triskaidekaphobia, you may want to stop reading now and move along to a nice listicle or maybe a piece by Tim Denning.

We are all our harshest critics.

Reviewing your past pieces is always a mix of emotions. I read somewhere if your writing from last year doesn’t make you cringe with angst, you are not growing as a writer. Heck reading what I wrote last week fills me with anxiety, so last year’s work makes me feel dejected. …

How challenging yourself can lead to happiness

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Last year, I stepped away from my job and the company I’d been with for the last 19 years. Looking back over a year later, so much of the world has changed. We are in the midst of a pandemic with many people out of work, businesses are struggling, and a general feeling of apathy. It’s been a rough year. Yet, I don’t regret my decision in the least.

When I left, a friend gave me some great advice. She told me to say “Yes” to every opportunity that came along. …

It’s too soon for that much reality

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I’ve been listening to the new Max Brook’s novel Devolution. So far, the pacing has been good, and the story interesting, but something has been nagging at me since I started.

Having thoroughly enjoyed his 2006 bestseller, World War Z, this book just wasn’t gripping me as much. It ultimately hit me in the middle of a hike today, a fitting place since the story is set in the woods of the Pacific North West.

The book is mirroring real life too much. The central theme of the book describes a community separated from society by a natural disaster. The small group of people have to survive while facing an outside threat. …

Leave it to Disney to teach a lesson so simply

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“Holy sh@$%$!”

It was early in the morning, and I had just started my online class when the “Aha” moment occurred.

…But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Would you consider working at Disney?

What about if the job was studying the inner workings at their parks and resorts?

Then taking what you observe and develop courses to teach executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals from all walks of life.

If that sounds interesting, you may want to check out the Disney Institute.

Say what you want about Disney, but the parks and resorts are recognized worldwide for customer service. …

A short story of struggling in the workplace

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Remember a time in your career where nothing seemed to go right?

Maybe you’re having one of them right now, hooray 2020!

Having a difficult experience can change your view of your job immensely.

But often, it takes the support of a single person to make all the difference.

It’s hard being the new guy

Early in my IT career, a critical system needed upgrading, and they picked the new guy, me, to do it. I had no confidence in my ability and asked to bring in a consultant for assistance.

Impostor Syndrome-is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their skills, talents or accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud” —…

Gear not to be overlooked in the quest for more productivity

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If you had to pick five essential tech tools for working from home, what would you choose?

Consider all the “tech” around you; everything is fair game.

Do you have your list?

The question I keep asking myself is:

What would cause the most stress if I didn’t have access to it?

Mark Ellis and I recently discussed these five essential tools on his YouTube channel.

This article is a companion piece to the video.

1. Flow, hacking your brain

The first item is possibly the ultimate life hack.

It’s the concept of flow.

How often have you got ready to work, sat down at your computer, and your mind wasn’t in it? You stare at the blank page, and the words aren’t coming, or if they are, it’s like pulling teeth to get them to form cohesive sentences. …

How baseball can challenge your thinking

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As a boy, I recall spending time at my grandparent’s house. They were part of the Greatest Generation, those born before the 1930s who came of age during World War II.

My grandfather was a Marine and fought in the Pacific campaign. While he was overseas, my grandmother worked on the military base. She was a “delivery person.”

She would tell me, “I delivered the base commander from his office to the mess hall.” or “I delivered him from his house to the officer’s club.” …


Matt Inman

Success coach, TEDx facilitator, and Travel nerd. Connecting with amazing people to encourage you to take action in your life. Let me help at

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