I’m captivated these days by the book Becoming Wise, published in April by the host of the weekly radio program “On Being,” Krista Tippett.

Tippett’s prose comes across just like her interview voice: gentle, thoughtful, patient, loving, listening…I can’t say enough about how much I adore her communication style. The depth she brings to complex issues such as war, violence, racism, politics, religion, love, and so many other topics is uncommon and stands in stark contrast to today’s public debates. If there was ever a book that needed to be read by any person who influences or leads others, it’s Becoming Wise.

If there was ever a book that needed to be ready by any person, period, who wants to grow more gentle and loving, it’s Becoming Wise.

I’m still stutter-stepping through life. I have hours or even days of peaceful clarity and gentle communication, and then I’ll get very angry about something, usually something political, and impulsively post a missive on Facebook. And then I’ll remove it. I feel very unwise in those moments.

Then I read something like Tippett’s book, and I’m inspired to pick myself up and try again. And to realize that there’s a very symbiotic relationship between failure and emerging wisdom.

I’d like to begin to fail at different things rather than the same things, of course. More noble things. The journey continues.

Growing Your Strengths

I’m a Nashville-based writer, talent strategist, and certified executive coach. On this website, I primarily write stories featuring a diverse group of professionals whose examples of applying mindfulness, learning agility, and storytelling will help you love your career and enhance your quality of life.

These characters face familiar pain points: nonstop change, accelerating economic and technological disruption, and the collective “noise” that grows louder each day. The impact, for these professionals and for many of us, has been confusion, distraction, and stress.

Until, however, each of these individuals chooses to do something new: practicing mindfulness, learning agility, and storytelling habits, and growing them into strengths…strengths that respond to change rather than just react.

Strengths that you can develop as well.

Don’t settle for the confusion, distraction, and stress. You’re stronger than that, and capable of much more.

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