Latest "Goal-Free Living" Posts

It is that time of year. Many of you created your New Year’s Resolutions last week. And although we are less than 2 weeks into the new year, I suspect that many of you have already failed in keeping your resolution. This would not be surprising as a study I conducted showed that only 8% of people are […]

It is that time of year. Many of you will soon be setting your New Year’s Resolutions. But did you know that only 8% of people are always successful in achieving the desired results. 92% fail!

It’s that time of year again…time to set your New Year’s Resolutions. Unfortunately over 90% of people fail to keep them. What’s the solution? One perspective can be found in my Wall Street Journal article from several years ago. Happy New Year! Like dinosaurs and gas-guzzling SUVs, is the traditional New Year’s Resolution rapidly becoming […]

The other day I received an email from someone who recently watched a webinar of mine on Goal-Free Living. He wrote: “Your message came to me at the right time, as I’ve recently found myself (painfully) closing a chapter of my life—walking away from a business right as it was becoming successful—to embark on a […]

The way you ask a question will have a profound impact on how you answer it. This is a fundamentally critical concept in the world of innovation. If you are working on a problem/opportunity, changing just one word can influence the types of solutions you get. I’ve discussed this concept extensively on my blog. But […]

Today’s Friday Fun Fact… At the end of this month, I will be speaking in Copenhagen at a Happiness at Work Conference.  This got me thinking about what it is that makes people truly joyous. Business Insider gathered some research on this topic and amassed 36 Scientific Facts about happiness, some that may come as […]

Today’s Friday Fun Fact… Last week I briefly touched upon my perspective on goal setting. While they have been universally considered a magic bullet for success both personally and professionally, goals are not without their downsides. Interestingly, the way in which you frame your goals can have a significant impact on your relationships. This, according […]

Today’s Friday Fun Fact… My Monday Morning Movie discussed some concepts from my book, Goal-Free Living. I have long questioned the practice of goal setting.  My book (published in 2006) challenged traditional thinking about goal setting and discusses how we can not only succeed in business (and life) but to do so while achieving great happiness and satisfaction. […]

Here is the transcription for my Monday Morning Movie… Back in 2003, I took a cross country trip that would forever change my life. On June 5th of that year I hopped into my car, and I drove 11,000 miles over the next 90 days without any plans at all. It was totally unscripted. I […]

Today’s Monday Morning Movie… Back in 2003 I drove across the country with no plans and no agenda. It turned out to be a life changing experience. After that trip, I wrote Goal-Free Living. In this video I discuss two concepts from the book: “Use a Compass, Not a Map” and “Remain Detached.”

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