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Spend life studying what is right with people

A good friend recently asked me to share some of the most important things I learned from my late grandfather, Don Clifton, who died in 2003. Trying to distill what I learned from Don was a bit overwhelming, as no one has had more influence on my life both personally and professionally. Even though Don […]

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Business & Health

Top performers work in bursts

Top performers work in bursts and take frequent breaks. One of the most influential studies of human performance, conducted by professor K. Anders Ericsson, found that elite performers need 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” to reach levels of greatness. While this finding sparked a debate about the role of natural talent versus countless hours of […]

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Move

Why a longer commute is rarely worth it

Over the past 50 years, society has had a laser-like focus on determining how we can get from point A to point B as quickly as possible. Perhaps no invention did more to decrease our levels of activity than the automobile. Owning a car enables us to build large, less expensive houses in the suburbs. […]

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Move

Three ingredients for a good day

Why eating, moving, and sleeping go better together (This post originally appeared on Psychology Today) Making better choices takes work. There is a daily give and take, but it is worth the effort. The vast knowledge we have to prevent cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses is staggering. Every day, I read about new […]

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Eat, Move, Sleep

Be more of who you already are

Be more of who you already are. That is the primary lesson I learned from my mentor and grandfather, Donald O. Clifton, who spent a lifetime studying “what is right with people.” Don helped me to see that if I spent my life trying to be good at everything, I would never be great at […]

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Business, Strengths

Health is your business

If you work for a business, improving health is your job. Here in the United States, employers and workers alike shoulder the collective healthcare costs of everyone who works for their organization. Whether you realize it or not, your insurance premiums are paying for the colleague who eats bacon cheeseburgers for lunch every day, is […]

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Business & Health