Your Next Breakthrough Hinges on Your Ability to Do This One Thing

I never spoke the significance of the day aloud.

To friends.

To family.

To Leif.

Even to myself.

But the date didn’t escape my notice.

I suspect that combination of month and numeral never will.

The anniversary of my cancer diagnosis is branded into my mind, body and soul. I refused to utter its presence aloud for fear the bright summer day would be taken siege by an emotional downpour.

Yet two years after hearing the “C” word, persevering through brutal treatments, and discovering how to fight back with joy, I see new sprigs of life, fresh leaves of hope, delicate blossoms of compassion spouting forth.

Much has changed over the last two years.

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Why Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 Hour Rule Doesn’t Work and the 10,000 You Should Really Be Concerned About

In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell suggests that 10,000 hours of deliberate practice are required to become world-class in any field. Perhaps you heard the same principle touted. The number always felt too thin to me, as if it were missing an extra zero.

A Princeton study revealed that 10,000 hours of deliberate practice doesn’t offer any guarantees of mastery. A meta-analysis of 88 studies on deliberate practice found that practice accounted for only 12% of the difference in performance.

Consider the wide varying impact of practice:

-In music, practice made a 21% difference

-In sports, it made an 18% difference

-In education, it made a 4% difference

-In profession, it made a 1% difference.

Mastery is more than practice. Factors including the stability of the field, new innovations, as well as competitiveness within the field may have greater impacts and implications than those 10,000 hours.

I recently met a person who reminded me that maybe a far more important 10,000 deserves our time and reflection. This 10,000 may impact your life, your family, your future, more than can imagine. Continue Reading...

Your Life May Depend On Doing This One Thing

We’re adverse creatures.

Adverse to …

pain.

hardship.

suffering.

loss.

difficulty.

Practice avoidance. Skirt the issue. Run away.

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5 Things Beekeeping Taught Me about God

I want you to meet my new beekeeping friend, Lissa Magnuson. She spent years apprenticing for a beekeeper named, Gary (Different from the Gary in the Scouting The Divine Book and Bible study we’re diving into this summer!).

She soon started her own farmer’s market business and sell honey and products to support her hobby. I asked her to share what beekeeping has revealed to her about God:

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How Does A Beehive Reveal the Kingdom of God?

I asked my sweet friend, the Rev. H. Elizabeth Back, an Episcopal priest and beekeeper to share what she’s discovered God through her beehive. I hope her words will be as much of a blessing to you as they are me:

Jesus first made himself known to me when I was four years old looking at a blooming spring bouquet.

As the bees foraged, I heard God say the words, “This will be your life.”

You’ve heard of the burning bush. God spoke to me from a buzzing bush.

In that moment I understood God was calling me to be a priest in the Episcopal Church.

Forty years later I would accept another call: to become a beekeeper. After careful research and preparation of a hive I purchased a three-pound box crammed with 10,000 honeybees, a tin can filled with sugar water, and one virgin queen in her cage. Continue Reading...