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What’s in a name?

Okay, I’ll be completely truthful, this Good Word started as a thinly-veiled excuse to tell you that I’m changing the name Cult Tribal to Good Empire. And if you’ll allow me, I’ll continue for just another sentence or two with that thinly veiled excuse. It would have been a nice, clean brand change, every asset …

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What do you stand for?

In 1997, I was twenty five years old. Right around the time you’re trying to make your mark on the world, and find your place in it. At least that’s how it was for me. I would have thought I was over the trauma of my teens, I’d had enough validation of my worth in …

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Belonging

I was reasonably popular in primary school. Hung out with I guess you could say the cool kids, though we didn’t really think like that. We just played brandings and kiss and catch, and I probably spent more time pondering the mystery of why I kept getting caught when I KNEW I could run faster …

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Good Vs Evil

Ha! So many good conversations came from yesterday’s Intention vs Impact post, I thought it warranted a follow-up. If I read back through it, I can’t help but think “but you’re all about having impact now André, what are you f**king talking about?”. BUT, to be very open with you, last year I had a …

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Intention vs Impact

Which counts more? This is something I’ve found myself at odds with a lot over the years, particularly the last few.  Which do you look at?  I believe we can only truly control the intention of our actions, since the impact can also depend on how something gets received, or perceived.  But wiser friends than …

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What’s the thing?

What’s the thing that’s holding you back? Is it fear? Fear of what? Can you name the exact fear? It helps. Naming something that feels big and unconquerable can sometimes make it more approachable. Of course, sometimes putting it in a box gives you more excuses, too. Is it because you don’t know what to …

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Customer reviews

You may not know this, but the wine company I co-founded, Vinomofo, started as a review site. I had this vision to create a wine site where you could go look up a wine and see how REAL people liked it, not critics, just regular wine lovers like me. Of course, that didn’t make any …

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The secret to public speaking

I see plenty of “speaking coaches” talk about how to stand, what to do with your hands, and how to smile and project while you’re talking… Blah blah. I don’t think that’s the way to go about it. I think people get nervous about public speaking because they think it’s a performance, and if they …

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Finding your voice

I lost my voice last week. Naturally I had several speaking engagements exactly at that time, I blame Murphy. But this isn’t a post about how to get your voice back. Stepe ginger, garlic, chili, honey and lemon in a pot of water and drink that through the day. And shut up for a bit. …

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The cost to society

(Warning – this is a bit of a rant, because this really shits me!) Why do we feel like we need to put a dollar value on things that are bad in our culture, to get people to want to change them? I was meeting with a good woman building something very worthwhile to help …

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Stop with the beautiful

I saw a post the other day, by Sarah Wilson, who wrote the whole Quitting Sugar thing but more interestingly (I think) wrote an incredible and life-changing book on anxiety, called “First, we make the beast beautiful.” Which is also one of the greatest book titles in history. She wrote something quite poignant, quite meaningful, …

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Reset

I had a bad day the other day. I got an email that just triggered me. I was feeling fluey, and not just any flu, but the man flu. You know how serious that can be… But I digress with my sarcasm. I slept awfully, mind racing with too many negative things. They build and …

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Why should anybody care?

You ever sit back and wonder how we got to be people who post about themselves all the time? And I’m owning that I’ve started to do it too, don’t worry, this isn’t a judgemental rant (though it probably wouldn’t shock you if it was). I find myself wrestling with this. It’s why I’ve mostly …

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Hot August Night

You ever listened to Hot August Night? Start to finish, not as background music, but like you’re there? Man. What a thing that must have been. Doesn’t really matter if you like Neil Diamond or not, but that was one of those moments where people came together, humans, and shared something truly connecting. He was …

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Arms wide

You know when you feel the pressure mounting, like everything is closing in on you?  Something I’ve only recently learned is that sometimes the answer is not to fight, but to surrender. If you feel you have your heart in the right place, then open your arms and let go, see where the currents take …

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