5 Words Anakin Skywalker Should Have Remembered

5 Words Anakin Skywalker Should Have Remembered

I’ll never forget sitting in the Roxy Theater in Tacoma waiting for the original Star Wars movie to start. We waited in a line went all the way around the block. Everyone knew this movie was going to be a big deal. It was 1977 and we’d seen movies about space adventure but you could always see the fishing line that was suspending the spaceships and tell that there were sparklers for rocket engines. Star Wars was going to be different but we had no idea how much different.

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This Lump of Coal is Under Pressure

This Lump of Coal is Under Pressure

Wow, what an intense 24 hours! Yesterday I received the call from Medical Teams International that they were deploying our First-In Team to the Philippines today. It is an all-out thrash to unplug from life to deploy within 24 hours. It truly takes a massive team effort. The folks at Harrison Urgent Care (Meg, Aimmee, Dr Eppel, Dr Singh, and Dr Liebling) rallied to cover my shifts. Meetings were cancelled and schedules rearranged as I hit the eject button on my life.

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How to Kill Problem Solving Before It Begins

How to Kill Problem Solving Before It Begins

I hate tailgating. I’m not talking about the type of tailgating that occasionally happens when someone isn’t paying attention; I’m talking about deliberate tailgating. The kind where you can’t even see the headlights of the person behind you. Slamming on the brakes isn’t an option. They are so that if you touch the brakes they will end up in your back seat! Then they start flashing their lights (like you could see them) and blasting their horn! Have you ever had one of these knuckleheads on your tail? How do you usually respond? Do you get angry? Do you “flip them off” or just give them the evil eye as they pass by? If you had your way, what do you think should be done to these folks?

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Your Brain Won't Let You Succeed if You Do This!

Your Brain Won't Let You Succeed if You Do This!

Years ago I was mountain biking down Devil's Gulch in Eastern Washington. We were flying down the mountain like crazy men. The dirt and gravel path was only about a foot wide and there were some tremendous, 100 foot drop offs. At one point, I just glimpsed off the edge for a second and said to myself, "I definitely don't want to go down there!" In an instant I launched off the edge... bike and all.  Fortunately I landed in a bramble about 15 feet below. Holding on I yelled for help as my buddies went flying by. Finally someone saw me and I was able to get back up onto the trail with the help of my friends. Too bad I didn't get it on video! There is a predictable process going on that causes this sort of event (not the stupidity of riding down the trail in the first place, just the launching off the edge).

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Mindset for Performance Under Pressure - Pt 1

Mindset for Performance Under Pressure - Pt 1

I believe that we may face some tough times ahead. From a psychological point of view, do you know how to process the challenges that will come. About 20% of folks that are confronted with natural disasters continue to thrive despite the lack of resources and support. Learn how they think. They know the answers to the two most important questions to ask when the bottom falls out. By the way, not all disasters make the news. Sometimes we are challenged beyond our comfort zone at work and even at home. The concepts I discuss in this segment will help you there as well.

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