Given the chance we almost always avoid it

Gapingvoid art
Metaphorically speaking, you need to want change as much as you want your next breath.


Given the chance to avoid change, we’ll likely take it.

Given the chance, we’ll interpret our opportunity to change as too difficult, too time consuming, too disruptive, and too painful.

Given the chance, we’d rather talk about how miserable uncomfortable we are than do anything that will change our circumstances.




On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

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Some leaders are late to the dance

Mojave desert sign
Photo from a 2010 California trip for Disney Institute. Space was an obstacle until the 20th century.


Some leaders are late to the dance. Hey, life happens. To all of us.

Have you encountered that uncomfortable period in your life when you recognize that your obstacle owns your future?

Here we are nine months after retirement and i still don’t have a website that gives me goose bumps.


Because i’m a hypocrite?


Because i’m slow and deliberate.

Because i’m willing to change course and go down a path that hasn’t been cleared yet.

Have you ever found yourself staring at an astonishing opportunity that not only was completely unplanned for, but it requires much more work than you want to commit to?

Crazy thing though, the hard, arduous work of creating our art is manageable. But only if we are willing to go slowly and intentionally. This flies in the face of fast-paced, get-it-done business thinking.

And because it looks less bold, less determined, less focused, it has the power to embarrass us. The temptation is to rush, and stress, and compromise.

Go slow anyway because the payoff is huge.

The payoff?

An incredibly scalable process and world-class humble confidence. You’ve always had it but now it becomes even more magnificent.

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