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Don’t let Christmas be a Corporate Cliché

I spent a twelve years in corporate, from one company to another. Across these dozen years, I have bounced around in different firms. Christmas is celebrated more or less the same way: A big “Christmas” party is planned The party starts with a token prayer (typically by the HR guy) The CEO starts a speech, usually beginning…

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How to Avoid The Marshmallow Career

In a landmark study done in 1972 by Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel, hundreds of children were offered a marshmallow. However, each child was told that if they could resist eating the marshmallow for 15 minutes, they would receive a second marshmallow. Decades after, it was found that the children who delayed gratification (around a third of the…

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The Dangers of a Fragmented Life, Part 2

(This is the second of a two-part post, the first of which could be found here.) In 2004, I decided to try to live on my own. There is nothing wrong with living on your own - my mistake was that I allowed the situation to further isolate myself from my family and friends. This accentuated the…

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The Dangers of a Fragmented Life, Part 1

In grade school, I used to be deathly afraid when my parents would pick me up from school. For some reason I couldn’t understand, I was ashamed of them. I didn’t want my friends to see me with them. One funny result of this was when people would call me at home (yup, we used the landline…

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Desperation For Daily Prayer

It is a bit odd that I write this now, when my prayer time has been a bit inconsistent. Perhaps the silver lining is that at this moment, I can better explain how much life just is much better when I pray consistently. At my best, I pray in the morning. (praying early in the morning is…

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Is following God a strategic career move?

I had always believed and said to people that God was at the center of my life. Only, I realize now that for most of my adult life, that was mostly just lip-service. Yes, I would go to Mass every Sunday, quickly pray before sleeping (especially when I needed something), and always tried to do the right…

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How God Founded Our Startup

When a new employee starts in STORM, or any of the startups I'm associated with (we're all in one building), they are treated to something different (especially if they've previously worked in corporations before) which happens every three o'clock. We invite the newbie to our conference room, where we read the Gospel for the day, and then everyone…

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