Writings

Forty-Nine

49 In order to win you have to know where you’re weak. Honest self-appraisal is the beginning of genuine progress and success. If you can’t tell yourself the truth, and make legitimate strides to improve where necessary, you’ll never... Read More »
Tom Leu | 18 June 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Forty-Eight

48 Is healthy skepticism a good thing? Meaning: Are there practical benefits derived from critically thinking about life stuff? By critical, I don’t mean negative. I mean thorough, questioning, and evidence-based inquiry. In the past I questioned if this... Read More »
Tom Leu | 14 June 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Forty-Seven

47 Narcissism vs. nobility? I’ve often struggled with the dichotomy of producing quality “work” – and the need to display that work publicly. I worry about the inherent narcissism that exists when one says ‘hey, look at me and... Read More »
Tom Leu | 11 June 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Forty-Six

46 “I’m sort of a spy.” This is how a recently discovered, but now-deceased nanny-turned-street-photographer described herself in a new documentary about her life. I loved this statement for the spirit and the sentiment behind it. It hit home for me.... Read More »
Tom Leu | 07 June 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Forty-Five

45 Are you truly considerate of others feelings? Or do you just tell yourself you are to protect your own? To really care about another’s feelings, you sometimes have to sacrifice your own. You have to abandon your personal... Read More »
Tom Leu | 04 June 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Forty-Four

44 Drowning in the details? Encumbered by the unimportant? Tormented by tedium? Getting nickeled and dimed to death? Everyone’s been there. These are the times when you get so immersed in the trivial that you lose sight of the... Read More »
Tom Leu | 31 May 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Forty-Three

43 The pursuit of original ideas is a noble one. I welcome coming up with clever new ways of doing things well. It’s serendipitious to uncover and discover novel ideas that spark imagination and encourage excellence. But sometimes, the... Read More »
Tom Leu | 28 May 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Forty-Two

42 The concept of “dream-stealing” is one I’ve written and talked about quite a bit over the years. I don’t have too many of these folks in my life (anymore), but more will crop up, they always do. I’ve... Read More »
Tom Leu | 24 May 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Forty-One

41 It’s hard to fake sincerity and genuineness of soul. When people really love something, or love to do something, it shows. It’s unmistakable. You can feel it and you can see it. It’s infectious as well as inspiring.... Read More »
Tom Leu | 21 May 2018 | Podcasts, talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Forty

40 In addition to writing and speaking professionally, I’ve been working as a professional photographer for several years now. I love the centeredness and serenity that photography has unexpectedly provided me over the years. But, my photography is evolving. Not because... Read More »
Tom Leu | 17 May 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Thirty-Nine

39 Supervise your assumptions. They’re out-of-line at times. Some more than others. And some are certainly more addicted to certainty than others. No one likes to be thrust into uncomfortable situations due to a lack of awareness of the thoughts, feelings,... Read More »
Tom Leu | 14 May 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Thirty-Eight

38 Positioning. Politicking. Panicking. It’s what people do; more or less; much of the time. This is all especially noticeable when change brings about uncertainty, unpredictability, and/or opportunity. Folks begin to behave in peculiar ways when the perception is... Read More »
Tom Leu | 10 May 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Thirty-Seven

37 In business, a good majority of a manager’s time, hell… in most occupations, or just life in general, is spent delivering bad news to people. It’s telling people what they need to hear, not just what they want... Read More »
Tom Leu | 07 May 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Thirty-Six

36 I love fielding communication from those whom I call the “none of this applies to me” group. You know the type: those who are audaciously certain… about seemingly, everything. These know-it-all’s think they have all the answers. There’s no... Read More »
Tom Leu | 03 May 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Thirty-Five

35 Bitching. Moaning. Whining. Complaining. It’s all some people seem to do. It’s their identity and their attention-seeking mechanism. They’re quick to point out what sucks, what doesn’t work, why it’s never worked, and who’s to blame. They’re easy... Read More »
Tom Leu | 30 April 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   
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