The 15-Yard Penalty That Will Strengthen Your Character

When you knock them down, help them to their feet.

I’ve been a Broncos fan as long as I can remember. It started out as cheering for the underdog. Then they won Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII and they weren’t the underdogs any more. They’ve had good years and bad years. Win or lose, they’re my team. (Though, of course, I prefer it when they win.)

Like any good fan, I’ll yell at the refs when they get a call wrong and accuse them of favoritism. I’ll cheer when luck turns against the other team—and when luck goes our way? Why, that wasn’t luck—we were prepared and we were ready!

When there’s incontrovertible proof of an infraction against us, I’ll begrudgingly accept the penalty. But this week, I cried foul before the ref ever reached for the flag. I was glad they saw it and called it against us.

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10 Simple Ways to Conquer Your Drive

Driving is an Important Task. Have you planned for it?

Driving is a task. You may not think about it much, but we spend 101 minutes every day driving.

If you’re the one behind the wheel, driving is your primary task at the moment. Like any task, the amount of preparation and attention you give it will affect how quickly and efficiently you finish.

Here are ten tips to help you drive more productively.

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Why the Bison Faces Left (and You Should, Too)

Don’t run from a challenge; face the storm!

Have you ever wondered why the U.S. flag on the right shoulder of a military uniform has the union (the stars) on the right side? It looks backward if you’re not used to it.

The proper display of the U.S. flag puts the star field at the position of highest honor. On a stationary display (like mounted on a wall), it’s the top-left corner as you’re looking at it. (Usually—there are exceptions.)

When displayed on a moving object, the position of highest honor is on the leading side, so star field is positioned at the front. This gives the appearance that the flag is waving in the breeze as the object moves forward. (Picture the flags mounted on the front of a diplomatic limousine.)

This is why the flag on a soldier’s shoulder might seem backwards—it’s how the flag would fly if the soldier were running forward, into battle. It’s also why the bison on the Wyoming state flag faces left. It faces into the storm.

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Leadership New York: Hyperion, 2002
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This is part leadership manual, part biography. Rudy Giuliani shares the leadership principles the guided him through his twelve years as mayor of New York City.

The chapters alternate between leadership lessons and the events of September 11, 2001. Giuliani takes you with him, like you’re a member of his entourage, as the day unfolds, the impact is assessed, and the plan to respond and rebuild is formed. I read this in 2003, not quite two years after, and I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look at how New York stepped up when it was put at the center of the world stage.

One of the key lessons I took away is that it’s okay to focus on numbers. It’s not cold and disinterested, it’s how you step back and focus on results instead of the actions taken to get the results. This is a critical distinction to make if you’re going to delegate anything to someone else.

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If Now Isn’t a Good Time, Never Might Be Better

Deferring work gives you time to reconsider it.

I have thousands of unread articles in Pocket. According to ReadKit, it’s 2,264. I doubt I’m going to read them all.

When I have time, I’ll sit down and read through articles. I’ll share the best with others who might find them interesting. Some are deep reads that make me think. Some are light reads that I just skim.

Some of the articles, I delete without reading. At some point, I thought I wanted to read it. Or might want to read it. Maybe. Possibly.

This probably feels familiar to you. If you use a similar workflow for reading the news, checking email, or anything else, you shouldn’t feel guilty about dropping work you deferred until later. It may have already served its purpose.

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