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1. I am an observer of my thoughts. I am not my thoughts.

We observe our thoughts. We are not defined by our thoughts.

Embodying this mantra will be the difference between an anxious life and a peaceful one. If we choose to go through the motions of each day internalizing our scattered thoughts, we not only are living…

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As human beings, we have a habit of gripping onto what makes us feel good. Our brains love attaching to predictability and safety. This can be a great thing. Our ability to remember what makes our lives easier is the reason why we have meaningful relationships in our lives, a roof over our heads, and food to eat every day.

What makes us comfortable, makes us feel safe and satisfied. A warm blanket at the end of the day. A shoulder to lean on in tough times. A familiar face to catch up with on the weekends. …

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Startups are like corporate playgrounds. They can be incredibly rewarding to be a part of, but once they hit a high-growth phase, it’s sink or swim.

Scaling rapid growth at a small company with minimal resources can be tremendously difficult to manage. With so many moving parts and little time or money to fix everything at once, managers must prioritize the key contributors of long-term success for the organization.

There are so many factors that go into transforming small, unstructured companies into large, functional organizations. Much of this depends on leadership, the company’s vision, and industry opportunity. …

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“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

The concept is pretty simple. If we’re thinking the same thoughts, surrounding ourselves with the same people, and taking the same action day in and day out, how can we expect anything to change?

In order to accelerate growth in any area of your life, it is essential to identify the behavior needed to achieve that goal and then execute. Get comfortable doing what you’re not used to doing. …

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One of my favorite memories growing up was braiding lanyards. I was always a pretty creative kid — always looking for something new to mold, draw, or craft.

I had a lot of creative phases — painting, sketching, music-playing, dancing, etc.

But I distinctly remember this lanyard phase of my life pretty well. For several years, creating long plastic lanyard designs into various braids and keychains was a simple yet harmonious activity in my life.

I remember the excitement I felt when I took a trip to the craft store to buy a new color of lanyard and add it…

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Startups have taken on a whole new meaning within the last 5 years. Young companies are shaking up industries and disrupting how we interact as consumers. Offices of 20–50 are growing into 1,200 overnight.

But why is there still so much misconception around working at one of these startup gigs? Why are startup jobs still looked down upon in the workforce?

Maybe it’s because so many “startups” have grown, scaled, and then fell flat within such a short period of time. Maybe it’s because some of the earliest companies that held such great promise have been ridden with scandals and…

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It’s Wednesday. Your at the mid-way point. Need a reset? Keep reading.

1 →‘Airplane Mode’

When it comes to distractions — especially those that prevent us from the important tasks in our lives — our phones are the number one culprit.

Packed with time-wasting apps, incessant notification bells, and mind-numbing content at the touch of our fingertips, our phones will certainly become our quickest enemy if we don’t establish clear boundaries with their use.

Most of us already know the danger behind too much screen-time but don’t actually take any meaningful action toward drawing a line in the proverbial sand.

Lucky for us…

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They say when you reach the age of 25, you start to lose about 65% of your close friends. This is an incredibly isolating feeling, especially during such a pivotal stage of life.

Although depressing, it’s not all that surprising. In fact, it makes a lot of sense.

It’s usually around our mid-late twenties that we start to discover our real interests, passions, and priorities that will ultimately pave the direction of the rest of our lives.

Losing friendships can sometimes be catastrophic and totally ugly. …

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Barack Obama was and forever will be one of the most impactful leaders in human history. When Barack Obama was first elected President in 2008 I was 13 years old and didn’t quite understand the magnitude of that moment. Certainly, I never imagined the impact this man would have on myself and so many others for years to come.

He’s most known for his calm demeanor, warm smile, and motivating speeches. …

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One of the most amazing human experiences is surviving a moment that you never thought you’d make it through.

Looking back and seeing all that you overcame. The relief. The lessons. The strength. The wisdom. The gratitude.

But in order to reach that victorious moment, you first must navigate the storm in front of you. You must wake up every day, put one foot in front of the other, and adapt to whatever crisis comes your way. …

Lauren Sullivan

A millennial living in Manhattan, eating too much sushi, and writing until 2am.

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