Brian Allain


From “What Makes You Come Alive: A Spiritual Walk with Howard Thurman” by Lerita Coleman Brown There is a difference between feeling the stillness that we experience outside in nature and surrendering to the stillness within. Quieting our hearts and minds is far more challenging than we might think. To observe the serenity of a

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A Strange Inner Freedom

From “Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life” by Henri Nouwen with Michael J. Christensen and Rebecca J. Laird Discernment reveals new priorities, directions, and gifts from God. We come to realize that what previously seemed so important in our lives, loses its power over us. Our desire to be successful, well liked, and influential

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Choose Abundance

From “The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything” by Stephen M. R. Covey Abundance means that there is enough for everybody. The opposite – scarcity – says that there is only so much to go around, and if you get it, I won’t. While scarcity may be a reality in some areas

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The best innovation labs are always a little contaminated

From “Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation” by Steven Johnson Nemeth has gone on to document the same phenomenon at work in dozens of different environments: mock juries, boardrooms, academic seminars. Her research suggests a paradoxical truth about innovation: good ideas are more likely to emerge in environments that contain a

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The Recipe

From “Cumulative Advantage: How to Build Momentum for Your Ideas, Business, and Life Against All Odds” by Mark W. Schaefer The formula from the Ferriss case study and my research is the recipe we’ll follow for the rest of the book. If we aren’t born into Cumulative Advantage, we can go around the system and

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