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Posts in Pursuit of Freedom
Olympic Gold Medalist Dara Howell Overcomes Her Fear of Failure #LikeAGirl

In February 2014, Dara Howell was just 19 years old and competing in the Sochi Olympics. Representing Team Canada, she was competing in a new Olympic event called ski slopestyle -- a downhill event that has athletes in a kind of obstacle course with jumps, rails, and courses similar to that of terrain parks. Dara won gold, the first woman to ever do so. She’d exceeded expectations and her name would go down in history books. For everyone watching, Dara had just achieved her greatest success.

But for Dara, winning gold was a huge blow.

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The Best Places for Digital Nomads to Visit, According to the Experts

The digital nomad/coworking/freelance lifestyle is one that provides freedom of space and time, which means you can choose your own timezone and your own hours. The practice is often one of hit-and-miss, as factors like insufficient wifi, less-than-satisfactory accommodations, and bad weather can ruin your plans for a working vacation. A recent Forbes article about remote work features interviews with industry experts, who gave their thoughts on the best destinations for digital nomads and freelancers alike. Check out the list below.

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Swap Your Resolutions for a New Year's Mantra

New Year's resolutions are often made out of habit -- because it's what you're supposed to do at the start of the year. But, they don't always work, and any day of the year is a good time to start working toward a goal. If you've found resolutions aren't quite your cup of tea, try Reshma Chamberlin's tactic by implementing a motivational mantra instead. 

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This Quiz Tells You How You Respond to Expectations

How you react to commitments — whether they’re to yourself or others — leaves important clues on how to motivate yourself and coach others to motivate you.

I love it when coaching clients and professional colleagues recommend new tools that help me understand them (and myself) better. So earlier this year, when my colleague Ellen recommended Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies quiz, I couldn’t resist.

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The Lily Chronicles: Puppy Productivity Diary Weeks 5-6

Over the six weeks, I’ve been sharing weekly reports of life with my Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy Lily. As Mike and I settle into our new groove, my focus turns to how I can apply what I’m learning about good puppy-raising into my professional life.

This week led to some breakthroughs with Lily that are highly relevant to human high performance. Read on to hear my insights from the last two weeks.

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4 Ridiculously Efficient Approved Personality Assessments

At Ridiculously Efficient, we are big fans of personality assessments. They help us learn about ourselves -- how we react in certain situations, how our instincts influence us, and the character traits that drive us. This information has also helped us better communicate with people in and outside of work, and allowed us to pinpoint the tasks we both enjoy and excel at. This knowledge has even helped us better serve you (our readers) and our clients.

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The Lily Chronicles: Puppy Productivity Diary Week 4

Over the last month, I’ve been sharing weekly reports of life with my Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy Lily. As Mike and I settle into our new groove, my focus turns to how I can apply what I’m learning about good puppy-raising into my professional life.

This week led to some breakthroughs with Lily that are highly relevant to human high performance. Read on to hear them.

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6 Things I Wish I Knew About Myself and Life 5 Years Ago

Five years ago, my life was vastly different than the one I live now. But somehow, not so different at all. Being a not-so-young adult in this modern era is confusing, hard to grasp and all around difficult -- perhaps not that different from previous generations but we sure are more vocal about it. Pair that with the burden of both physical and mental health issues and a handful of major life events -- shit got real, really fast, and I could not keep up.

Do you ever get that feeling like you’re drowning? In debt, in personal problems, in yourself? Yeah, me too. But if I knew then what I know now, I would have been able to tread that water in a way that wasn’t so completely and utterly exhausting.

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The Lily Chronicles: Puppy Productivity Diary Week 3

Over the last two weeks, I’ve shared how my husband Mike and I are adjusting to life with Lily, our 10-week-old Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy who has become my productivity muse. Each week, I’ll report my top discoveries and lessons learned as I experiment with new approaches to raising a young puppy while working at home.

While my strategies may not be appropriate for your lifestyle or your pup, my intent remains the same: to continue experimenting with different approaches until I uncover the best one for our situation, and share it so that others in a similar situation can benefit from my R&D.

Here are the top takeaways from Week 3.

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Notes Against Complacency: Pause

Whether you realize it or not, every day, you follow dozens of processes. There’s a wake-up process. A breakfast process. A shower process. A getting-ready-for-work process. A process to commute to work, and then even more processes to get settled at your workspace, conduct meetings and check your email.

If you think about it, everything in life is a decisionmaking process. And you can always optimize your algorithm.

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The Lily Chronicles: Puppy Productivity Diary Week 1

On August 27, Mike and I welcomed a 12.5 lb. Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, Lily, into our household. Over the next year, she’ll grow into a 75-80 lb. athlete, and it’s our job to keep her healthy, exercised and well-socialized.

Naturally, I see this experience as a great way to test out new routines for effectiveness, which means Lily has become my puppy productivity muse.

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Thrive Deletes Employees' Incoming Emails When They're On Vacation

Arianna Huffington has implemented a new rule at her wellness company Thrive Global to ensure employees can fully unplug while on vacation: she deletes their incoming emails. Any emails that an employee receives while on vacation will automatically get deleted and senders will receive an automated message. 

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