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Overthinking Overthinking

Overthinking Overthinking

For about five years, I played hardcore/metal music in Grand Rapids, MI. One of the popular music venues that catered to local bands in the mid-to-late 2000’s was the adolescent-friendly safe haven: Skelletones. Before I played on their stage, I grew up spending as much time as I could mingling with aspiring bands and the off-beat, we’re-so-counter-culture-we-hate-counter-culture crowd. At 15, the only dream I had was to play on that stage. At 19, I got my chance.

Redefining Leadership

Redefining Leadership

"There are two types of people in the world: those who push and those who and enjoy the ride. Who do you want to be?"

I grew up with a lot of these types of sayings separating those who "do" and those who "do not do enough". We have a culture of elitism, which is great for some—but what about those who don't want to change the world? Those who want to enjoy work and be good at it, but also have a family and a life outside of work? Those who are looking to fill a role? Those people are belittled in our culture. Business books ask, “If you aren't reinventing yourself; your image; your brand, then what are you doing?”

When did being "good" become "not enough"?

Changing How You Change

Changing How You Change

People face change in every stage of their lives. We choose what schools to attend, when to start or switch careers, where to live, whom to marry, when (or if) to have children. We regularly see change at work with new procedures in response to technology innovation, globalization, and projects.  Sometimes change comes in the form of behavior modifications we adjust ourselves, and other times it is trying to sway others to adopt new practices or alter bad habits. And although we are faced with change almost daily, most of us don’t know how it works, how to follow through with it, or if it’s worth the time and effort.