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Dreamers
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The Dreamers

Sometimes we have to receive and accept criticism. Whether it’s a performance review from a parent or a coach, feedback can sting. I recall a coach who provided some negative feedback about my kid. I was struck by the way the delivery resonated more than the message.

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Apples and Oranges
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Apples and Oranges

Theodore Roosevelt famously said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” And, as it turns out, there is a bunch of empirical evidence to back that sentiment up. When we compare ourselves to others, we lose focus on what’s important and fail to give ourselves proper credit. Certainly, social comparison is an innate human tendency, and whether it’s the wisest move or not, it’s a big part of the way we determine our own level of happiness.

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Conduit, Inc. | No Shorcuts
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No Shortcuts

We won’t allow failure, yet we are failing them. You see, I figure there are countless parents who could not bear the idea of their children getting a poor grade. They sit at the kitchen table and make sure the kid gets all the answers correct or that their project looks professionally done.

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Conduit, Inc. | Say What
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Say What?

“You hear me, but you are not listening.” As the words came out of my mouth, I realized that I sounded like some version of my parents. My kids truly were not paying any attention to what I was saying. I received the teenage nods and maybe a grunt of acknowledgment, but I might as well have told them I was headed to Mars.

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Conduit, Inc. | Enjoy The View
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Enjoy the View

There was a recent sermon that used driving down Highway 1 in California as an analogy to life. The minister talked about the beauty of the ocean below and the mountains above. He likened it to the concept of soaking up life and living each day to the fullest.

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Conduit, Inc. | Salt of The Earth
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Salt of the Earth

I’ve had my share of prideful moments. I’m not referencing the kind of joy and pleasure that come from hard work and accomplishment. No, I’m talking about the prideful moments where I compared myself to others, self-promoted my loved ones to make myself feel better and put others down to falsely prop myself up.

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