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Meaning Matters More Than Happiness

  By Tom Rath The pursuit of meaning — not happiness — is what makes life worthwhile. Despite Thomas Jefferson including it in the Declaration of Independence, the “pursuit of happiness” is a shortsighted aim. Putting your own well-being before well-doing pulls you in the wrong direction. People who spend life seeking happiness are unlikely […]

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Business, Uncategorized

Early Preview of New Book and Movie

Hello and thanks again for following along on this blog and through social media. My team and I have been highly focused on a few big projects, hence the lack of updates for a while. Over the last year, along with several great partners and leading social scientists, we have been plugging away to create an entire new series. During […]

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Business

How many (productive) hours do you have in a week?

I read a couple of fascinating articles this weekend exploring the history and rationale behind a 40-hour workweek. My main takeaway (from these articles in Salon and Inc.) is: Your workweek has a drop-off point where an additional hour of work no longer equals an extra hour of productivity. While I was working on the book […]

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Business, Strengths

You can’t be anything you want to be…

You cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a lot more of who you already are. As I described in a post yesterday, this was one of many lessons I learned from my late grandfather Don Clifton (1924-2003) who would be celebrating his 90th birthday today. This is why it can be […]

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Business, Strengths

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