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How do Ideas Grow?

An idea is a mental seed. Seeds need water and sunlight to grow fruit. We have ideas all the time. Most of our ideas stay buried in the soil of our minds, are never watered or brought to light. In order for an idea to take root it needs to ...
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“Green” Accounting: How can we account for intangible costs

What do I mean by green accounting? Allow me to explain with an anecdote. If you have been to business school like me, you have probably dreamed about someday becoming the high-flying corporate warrior / management consultant who is so important that he has to be flown around the world to ...
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Have a Good Job? Loser!

Having a good job is apparently no longer a cool thing. Especially among millennials, entrepreneurship is being heavily glorified these days. There are countless blogs, Facebook groups, websites, mailing lists, seminars and retreats all around the same topics. "Find Freedom!" "Quit your Job and be your own Boss!" "Start your ...
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When You Should Say “No” at Work

"No" is one of the most powerful words you can use in the workplace. It is an absolutely critical tool in setting your boundaries. It is also contributes to the framework of management's expectations not just of you, but also your peers. In general, you should be willing to work, ...
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5 Simple Ways to Destroy Resistance and Maintain the “Flow” State

After I published the Quitting Series (see Parts I, II, III and IV),  some readers asked me how to maintain the Flow state I described at the end of that series. To me, the Flow state means: Feeling powerful and energized Enjoying interactions with people, moments and events without being ...
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To Quit or Not to Quit? Part IV: Luck Creation

This is the final installment of the experiment in quitting series; please refer to Parts I, II and III Room in Germany? Anyone? Anyone? Sometime in August I began searching for rooms in Germany. I was feeling cheap and lazy and didn't want to fly to Germany first to check ...
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To Quit or Not to Quit? Part III: Energy Shift

This is part III of a multi-part series on the Quitting Experiment, building off of parts I and II. Nothing much happened at first. We placed some ads to sublease our apartment and had a couple of visitors already in June, but none of them really fit. They all wanted ...
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To Quit or Not to Quit? Part II: The Plan

This is a follow to up Part I, written in April 2016 I did it! I quit. I gave my boss verbal notice at that meeting I was about to have in Part I of this story. I told him that I would work until the end of September. "Well, ...
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To Quit or Not to Quit? Part I: The Phone Calls

Originally written on April 25th, 2016 I have a meeting with my boss in two days. I am leaning towards terminating my contract. I do not have another job lined up. I am doing this largely out of curiosity. My gut intuition told me that I should have quit 9 ...
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Un-Becoming American: Giving Up U.S. Citizenship

In April 2012, I returned to Switzerland - my original country of birth and citizenship - to commence a new phase of my adult life. Naturally, one of the first steps to undertake when establishing oneself in a new country is to open a bank account. I went down to ...
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