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Monday, February 12, 2007

The One Thing You Need to Know

Marcus Buckingham's book with the title of this posting is one of my most influential guides to meaningful success and happiness. His argument is that we should get away from the 'balanced life' to what he describes as intentional imbalance.

And he makes the point on his website,, " find out what you don’t like doing and stop doing it." Essentially, his perception is that some of us spend too much time trying to be 'okay' at things we really don't enjoy and aren't that good at, when we should focus our energy and resources at activities which we enjoy and where we have talent.

It is simple advice, but too often people find themselves in perceived traps; unable to understand there are simple things we can all do, every day, to make things better for ourselves.

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Tomorrow I'm visiting North Carolina for the first time in more than a year. It will be a brief visit. I'm flying in to RDU about 11:30 a.m. and will catch my flight home about 6 pm. Yet the six or so hours in The Triangle will be important and intense, as I capture information at an American Subcontractors Association meeting, visit with publisher Bob Kruhm, and meet some current and potential clients.

If you are in NC and would like to speak with me directly, you can call my office at 888-432-3555 but instead of leaving a message on my extension, dial 114 (or zero) and speak with Amanda -- she'll put you through to my cell phone. (Briefly, in the spirt of openness that characterizes this blog, I thought of publishing my actual cellular number, but that might be asking for trouble!)

Hopefully we'll have some news to post on our North Carolina sites by Wednesday; in the meantime, you can visit;; and

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