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Getting started, all in or gradual?

A two-part post for you today, a few more thoughts on getting started and some feedback on an enjoyable, positive event that I was fortunate to attend.   [caption id="attachment_1098" align="alignleft" width="300"] No Retreat[/caption] ...
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Independent thinking and creativity.

The last post ended with questions about creativity. [caption id="attachment_1003" align="alignleft" width="200"] Media and public opinion[/caption] Lets start with more questions that at first glance do not appear related but in reality have a...
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Unconstrained Creativity - 3 steers in a Honda Civic

[caption id="attachment_1826" align="alignleft" width="180"] Thinking[/caption] "Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it."  - Henry Ford That quotation sums up why many of us struggle with c...
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Why Contrarian Thinking and Cognitive Dissonance Create Opportunity.

The previous two posts loosely followed Canada Day and the 4th of July Independence day themes to suggest that real individual, personal, independence is internal, not dependent on the way our countries came to be independent nations. [caption id=...
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A new Canadian’s reflections on Canada Day.

In honour of Canada Day, a short post on a new Canadian s reflections of this country.
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Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations

Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court ruled, 5 to 4, that closely held corporations cannot be required under the Affordable Care Act to pay for insurance coverage for contraception.
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Rebekah Brooks Found Not Guilty in Phone Hacking Case

Rebekah Brooks Found Not Guilty in Phone Hacking Case | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
Ms. Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper holdings in Britain, was cleared of all charges, but her deputy Andy Coulson was found guilty on at least one count.
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No more fillings as dentists reveal new tooth decay treatment

No more fillings as dentists reveal new tooth decay treatment | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
Scientists in London develop pain-free filling that allows teeth to repair themselves without drilling or injections
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Eric Cantor Defeated by David Brat, Tea Party Challenger, in Primary Upset

Eric Cantor Defeated by David Brat, Tea Party Challenger, in Primary Upset | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
In one of the most stunning primary election upsets in congressional history, Mr. Cantor, the House majority leader, was soundly defeated by David Brat, a Tea Party-backed candidate.
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Vodafone Reveals Direct Access by Governments to Customer Data

Vodafone Reveals Direct Access by Governments to Customer Data | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
In a privacy report, the British telecommunications company said that the authorities in certain countries had direct access to its networks without having to use legal warrants.
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The Power of Purpose

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"] The Power of Purpose[/caption] net_efekt via Compfight This post on 8 May, Questions about Purpose, mentioned how "The Purpose of Life" or variations on that theme were one of the most frequently di...
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Thai military: Think before you tweet

Thai military: Think before you tweet | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
The coup was televised through one messenger. (RT @cnni: Thai military: Be careful what you tweet http://t.co/QKzOg6QQtJ #ThaiCoup)
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Words of wisdom from an unusual source.

    [caption id="attachment_3469" align="alignleft" width="300"] Opportunity[/caption]                   In view of today being a holiday here in Canada, here'...
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The Quicksand of The Getting Started Trap

It's been an interesting week I have met many new and interesting people. I have also been noticing how many people are stuck in the preparing to get started or getting started mode. It seems that every second person I met this week was an advisor, c...
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Unconstrained Creativity – 3 steers in a Honda Civic

Thinking Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.  - Henry Ford That quotation sums up why many of us struggle with creativity. We find it hard to concentrate our minds on the type of thinking we need to do. We think of the process instead of the outcome we are trying to create. That creates a wall, it stops the flow of creative juices as effectively as the Kariba dam does the Zambezi river. We try to stimulate our minds to create something entirely new, forgetting that some of the most dazzling creations or successful inventions like the post it note are innovations or extensions of something already in existence or even the result of a failed experiment in a different field. We lost the art of imagination when we turned 10 years old. Here are a few ideas to stimulate creativity. Association - If we associated two different ideas, could we create something better than the sum of either? Extension if we made something longer, bigg
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Why designing your own website is a Creative Distraction.

When is it likely that your desire to express your creativity might not be in your best interests? I can think of several possibilities with creative accounting right at the top of the list, however the one that gets many entrepreneurs, business o...
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Why 4th July is not the most important Independence Day.

Wishing all American readers a happy, safe and relaxing 4th of July. [caption id="attachment_2942" align="alignleft" width="400"] Independence Day[/caption]           What does Independence mean to you? ...
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A new Canadian's reflections on Canada Day.

In honour of Canada Day, a short post on a new Canadian's reflections of this country.   [caption id="attachment_3581" align="alignleft" width="300"] Canada Day[/caption]             After...
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Reinforcing the concrete of habitual commitment.

The previous post  explored the concept of making action steps become habits as a way to stay on track of keeping our commitments to achieve goals and get things done. This post looks at ways of reinforcing those habits and the benefits that com...
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One simple trick to set commitments in concrete.

Yes there is one simple trick to set your commitment in concrete, make it as enduring as if it was cast in a tablet of stone. Just like the ten commandments. Richard Elzey via Compfight Assuming it is a real commitment to take steps toward...
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Transcending Our World of Delusions - RobertRinger.com

Transcending Our World of Delusions - RobertRinger.com | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
Reality is an issue that people tend to get very emotional about.  The problem is that reality is nothing more than truth, and as Baltasar Gracian, the insightful and pragmatic 17th century Jesuit priest, cautioned, “Truth is abhorred by the masses.”  Instead, they try to make true that which they love — a self-delusive practice …
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Perseverance without commitment is effective as herding cats.

[caption id="attachment_2119" align="alignleft" width="300"] Goals need commitment[/caption] Setting goals is not enough, we need three more ingredients, perseverance, determination and commitment. A conversation with a person I have been coach...
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Taliban Prisoner Swap Frees U.S. Soldier Held Nearly 5 Years

Taliban Prisoner Swap Frees U.S. Soldier Held Nearly 5 Years | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
The soldier, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, was handed over to American Special Operations forces inside Afghanistan on Saturday morning by a group of 18 Taliban, Obama administration officials said.
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BBC issues new guidance for journalists on using Twitter: 'Don't do anything stupid' | Press Gazette

BBC issues new guidance for journalists on using Twitter: 'Don't do anything stupid' | Press Gazette | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
Press Gazette, Britain's Journalism Weekly: news, analysis and jobs (RT @pressgazette: BBC issues new guidance for journalists on using Twitter: 'Don't do anything stupid' http://t.co/XPrBpJLpjZ)...
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How is your Facebook strategy working now?

[caption id="attachment_291" align="alignleft" width="221"] Facebook's effectiveness sliding?[/caption]           Did you rush into frenzied Facebook activity? Start a page for your business and get hundreds...
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