How to Empty Your Inbox Every Day

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If I have achieved anything with the content published here over the past couple of months, I hope that at the very least I have done this: convince you, generally, why primility is a useful mindset to understand and strive toward.

Useful because it will guide you toward achieving anything you love and are capable of.

But understanding big picture concepts like the difference between pride and conceit and the importance of thinking big but acting small only go so far.

For primility to truly be world-changing, there needs to be more than just concepts and stories to illustrate them. You need tools that impact your daily life. And I’m going to start providing them.

Primility Guides. That’s what they will be called.

You will see many Primility Guides in the coming weeks, months, and years, each one focused on how to use a balance of pride and humility to master a particular skill.

This post marks Part 1 of the first Primility Guide, and it is focused on email … on how to tame your inbox beast. Continue Reading

Are You Waiting for a Wake-Up Call?

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I have a real pain in my butt.

No, seriously. I do. A real, legitimate, occasionally searing pain in my left butt cheek.

The pain got so bad a few nights ago that I was forced to go to the emergency room (see picture above).

Fortunately, the kind folks in the E.R. were nice enough to laugh at my barely coherent jokes and hook me up with some meds that helped me get through the rather hellish 48-72 hours that ensued.

Now that I am on the other side of the worst of this ordeal, I can take a break from muscle relaxers and enjoy a few non-clouded thoughts … and reflect on these past few days and the difficult 3-6 months of rehab that lay ahead.

And I have to say: I’m actually glad this has happened.

Huh? Continue Reading

Do You Want to Be a Great Leader Who Inspires Action? Then Do This …

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If you want to find and channel your own internal motivation, then you need to find your why.

Makes sense, right? If you want to do or achieve something, then it makes sense to understand why you are doing it — especially if you are going to have to overcome obstacles to achieve that something.

Similarly, if we want to inspire others to do something, or to achieve something, then we have to articulate a why that people buy into.

In other words … Continue Reading

How Much is Your Team’s Success Worth to You?

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Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.

As you know, those are the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy — a name synonymous, for all of the wrong reasons, with the city I live in.

I was thinking about those words a few minutes ago while listening to my local sports radio station here in Dallas, as the yucksters on The Hardline provided the details of Dirk Nowitzki’s latest contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

Dirk is, of course, another name synonymous with the city I live in — but for all the right reasons.

The remarkable contract he just signed is only the latest example.

And it doesn’t take a sports fan to understand why. Continue Reading

A Helping of Primility (and Delicious BBQ) at the Peg Leg Porker in Nashville

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“best places to eat in Nashville”

That’s what I typed into the search bar on my phone this past Thursday at around 1:30 p.m.

I had just arrived in Nashville, Tennessee for the annual conference of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, where I would be speaking on Friday.

Hungry, and with my hotel room not yet ready for me and my small travel suitcase, I decided to set out on foot and take in some sights, sounds, and tastes of this famous music-loving city I was visiting for the first time.

After reading a few restaurant descriptions, I settled on Arnold’s. It sounded like an authentic Nashville experience. I enjoyed the half-hour-or-so walk to get there, but I ended up deciding that homestyle Southern cooking at a cafeteria-style restaurant wasn’t actually what I was in the mood for.

So I walked back out the door. That’s when serendipity grabbed my hand and implored me to follow. I acquiesced.

Little did I know a prime example of primility was in my immediate future … Continue Reading