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My productivity had sunk to an all-time low.

I hate to admit it, as I’ve always prided myself on my ability to get stuff done. I’ve built businesses and websites, written books, and published hundreds of articles. …

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Never before had I felt so betrayed. And by my own father? It was unimaginable.

“I’m so sorry,” Dad said. “I just forgot. It was an accident.”

The tears started welling up inside my eyes as he tried to explain what happened. My big (and excessively loud) extended family was…

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I’m so glad I didn’t grow up in the age of social media.

My childhood memories are a mishmash of people, colors, and feelings. I like that it’s a little fuzzy in places. The blur of growing up still holds significant weight in the formation of my identity. …

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At just 24 years old, my confidence was at an all-time high.

Graduate school had forced me to think critically and wade through deep discussions. Entering a university career kept my mind sharp. I felt alive with new ideas and bold assertions. …

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5.4 billion.

That’s how many views TEDx talks have accumulated on YouTube since 2009.

Speaking for TEDx is a coveted opportunity for many leaders and innovators. While most speakers won’t have the kind of life-changing fame of Brené Brown or Simon Sinek, the process of applying, writing, and presenting a…

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Imagine standing in front of a crowd, all eyes on you. The audience is silently waiting to hear what you have to say.

Whether that scenario pumps you up or freaks you out, in today’s world where everyone is talking at once, this kind of undivided attention is a gift…

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A green crayon changed my life.

In junior high, I was always just outside the cool kids’ circle. Sure, I had plenty of friends and a rockin’ personality, but I spent most of my time one step behind the trendiest clothes and popular parties.

Then, in ninth grade, our all-girls…

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Smartphones, zippers, sliced bread — our world is full of things that began as a blip of inspiration and grew into something we can’t live without.

Ideas matter.

They are the defining characteristic of human life. …

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We’ve all been there.

Company meetings. Classroom lectures. Online webinars. We all know the torture of being 15 seconds into a presentation and wanting to escape as the speaker slowly kills your joy with their dull, monotone, and predictable flow.

As boring as these tired talks may be, it’s the…


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“I still don’t understand,” I said as kindly as I possibly could. “I feel like you’re hovering around something important, but you’re not clarifying what that something is.”

As a university professor, I spent a lot of time trying to help students improve their writing. When you’re a teacher in…

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