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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Nametag Manifesto -- Chapter 8: The End of Disengagement

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"Everyone should wear nametags, all the time, everywhere, forever.”

That’s my thesis, philosophy, dangerous idea and theory of the universe.

My name is Scott, and I’ve been wearing a nametag for past four thousand days.

And after traveling to hundreds of cities, a dozen countries, four continents, meeting tens of thousands of people, constant experimentation and observation, building a enterprise and writing a dozen books in the process, I believe, with all my heart, that the societal implications of wearing nametags could change everything.

This is my manifesto:

8. The End of Disengagement
If everybody wears nametags, we build social capital. Nametags contribute to our reserve of personal bonds and fellowship. They nurture connectedness and increase the supply of social opportunities. And because social capital is built through the hundreds of little actions we take every day, every encounter we have builds trust just a little more.

That’s how reciprocity forms. We build a sense of community. Life is richer because we share it with each other. And the casual interactions – upon which thriving communities and neighborhoods used to be based – are back in full swing.

By reducing neighborly distance, we nurture connectedness and make people our primary source of entertainment and support. And in those moments when we need to fight, battle through illness or recover from loss, we can withdraw from the social capital account we’ve been building through each of these interaction.

If everybody wears nametags, no more isolation, no more back fences and no more separateness.


# # #

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Are You Making Gods Out Of Your Plans?

Every time we get lost, we make our world bigger.

Our most valuable teachings come when our plans are disturbed. Our greatest transformations occur in the moments when we’ve lost our way. And our finest symphonies assemble when we turn a humble ear to the most unintentional music.

But when we make gods out of our plans, when we scrub our world clean of surprise, and when we preserve our sense of control by choreographing every goddamn minute of our lives, those unexpected turns never seem to take initiative toward us. And we shut the door on an entire orbit of opportunity that could change us forever.

Sadly, the chorus of voices tells us that if we don’t know where we’re going, we may never get there, or that any road will take us there.

To which I respectfully say, bullshit.

If we don’t know where we’re going, there’s no destination to scare us. If we don’t know where we’re going, our mapless journey turns blind alleys into broad avenues. If we don’t know where we’re going, nobody can stop us.

Not even us.

I can’t imagine living in a world where we can’t get lost.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Innocent Landscape

A hundred years ago, most scientists completed their best work before age forty.

Einstein, who identified his theory of relativity at age twenty-six, claimed that if a scientist had not made his greatest contribution by that age, he would never do so.

Of course, it’s all relative.

Life expectancy was dramatically lower. There was fraction of the information available. And the population of the world was under a billion.

Still, the relationship between youth and innovation never went away. History notwithstanding, young people have always landed on the forefront of invention.

Edison cranked out inventions at age eight.
Jobs built personal computers at age sixteen.
Zuckerberg developed software at age thirteen.

Not just because they were geniuses, but because they were kids.

And the fruits of their labor changed everything.

Because the young mind; the fertile, beautiful, innocent landscape that it is; has an inherent ability to question, play, wonder and explore all that it encounters.

And our challenge in the next hundred years will be nurturing and preserving that landscape before adulthood bulldozes it into a shopping mall.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Are You a Mole or a Peacock?

Every day we make art not knowing if we will get recognized or paid for it.

This is both a beautiful and terrifying reality.

On one hand, everything we create is an arrow shot into eternity. We’re just winking in the dark, without feedback, without closure and without metrics. It’s just us, our art and a heaping pile of trust. What a pisser.

On the other hand, the ambiguity makes us work that much harder. It forces us to create from the inside out, from the place where inspiration comes from what’s in our heart, not what the market is asking for. It’s where our joy comes from the work itself, not the impression it makes on the world. We’re moles, not peacocks.

Either way, our artistic commitment remains the same:

Show up, bear down and push something out into the world that matters to us.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

My Problem With Cell Phones

According to a recent report from the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, our country has three 327 million mobile phone subscribers, but only 315 million people.


Proof positive that our insatiable desire for human connection will always outweigh our unstoppable desire for technological consumption.

Smartphones are awesome, but the fix we get when we use them to reach out and touch someone is the addiction.

It’s physiological. As mammals, acts of human bonding cause our body to excrete oxytocin. This chemical reduces fear and anxiety, which increases empathy, trust and cooperation.

Who needs cocaine when we can get high on connection?

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

We Are What We Share

We are what we share.

Just look at the last thing we published, posted, profiled, updated, uploaded, streamed, liked, tweeted or clicked.

That’s it. That’s us. That’s who we are, whether we like it or not.

And because the web never forgets – because the web is forever – we better be careful what we put out there.

A Georgia teacher got fired for posting videos of binge drinking.
A Buffalo congressman resigned after his shirtless pictured surfaced online.
A Cisco employee lost her job for publishing negative comments about her position.
A British juror was dismissed after disclosing sensitive case information on her profile.

Everything matters. Everybody’s watching. Everything is a performance.

Which isn't that hard to do, if the character you're playing is you.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Are You Big Enough To Be A Target?

When someone plagiarizes us, we shouldn’t send a subpoena.

We should a thank you note.

Creative piracy is a compliment. It’s a reminder that we're worthy copying. And it’s validation that we're big enough to be a target.

It’s also part of the job description. Everybody steals from everybody everywhere. They always have, and they always will. That doesn't make it okay. But there’s not much we can do to stop it, and there’s even less we can do to prevent it.

Instead, let’s make peace with this reality. Let’s abandon our scarcity mentality. And let’s err on the side of generosity and sharing.

We shouldn’t worry about getting back at people.

We should worry about getting back to work.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Nametag Manifesto -- Chapter 7: The End of Hesitation

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"Everyone should wear nametags, all the time, everywhere, forever.”

That’s my thesis, philosophy, dangerous idea and theory of the universe.

My name is Scott, and I’ve been wearing a nametag for past four thousand days.

And after traveling to hundreds of cities, a dozen countries, four continents, meeting tens of thousands of people, constant experimentation and observation, building a enterprise and writing a dozen books in the process, I believe, with all my heart, that the societal implications of wearing nametags could change everything.

This is my manifesto:

6. The End of Dishonesty
If everybody wears nametags, untruthfulness becomes extremely difficult.

We’re all lie detectors. Instead of manipulating the way other people see us, now, what we see is what we get, despite our best efforts to obscure the truth.

We’ve returned to a world without a backstage. We’re always going to be known for what we’re about to do. And as such, we start choosing smarter.
Now we can stop racking our brains trying to remember what we told and to whom. Now we can use our brains for more creative and valuable functions. Like listening and sharing and connecting and feeling.

If everybody wears nametags, no more dishonorable action, no more lying and no more aliases.

# # #

You are now ready for chapter eight.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Does Your Presence Induce Productivity?

Presence is a powerful motivator.

If we want to inspire the people around us to do great work, the smartest thing we can do is dig in our heels and start cranking out great work of our own.

That way, we lead by example. We influence through infection. We demonstrate trust in each others' sovereignty. And we create a space that supports a mutual commitment to individual passion.

Eventually, through our quiet energy, through our focused action and through our unquestionable commitment, we make other people more productive by virtue of our very presence.
Because the reality is, anybody can get things done.

But only a true leader can sit down next to us, not say a word, do what they need to do – and then somehow, at the end of the day, our work gets done too.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cartwheels Should Tell Us Something

The night I ended a four-year relationship, I slept like a rock.

I felt guilty. Like I should have been more devastated, more disturbed, busy counting dots on the ceiling, tossing and turning until the sun came up.

But when I woke up the next morning, rested and relieved for the first time in weeks, my body sent me a memo:

You made the right decision.
Cartwheels should tell us something. Whether we quit a job, end a relationship or walk away from a lousy situation, if our legs are flying through the air, odds are, we’re on the path of truth.

Guilty or not, we still have to appreciate the rightness of every experience.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

When In Doubt, Move In With Your Parents

After I graduated college, published my first book and ran out of money, I made a crucial career decision.

Time to move back in with my parents.

For two years, eight months and twenty-nine days, to be exact.

Not that I was counting.

But they were cool about it. They even charged me rent, which I thought was solid parenting move. Every month, I paid them the amount of never getting dates.

Seriously. As if wearing a nametag wasn’t bad enough. Ever tried seducing a woman while your mom is yelling from upstairs to ask if you want asparagus with your salmon?

Dial tone.

I used to tell girls, "Yeah I have these two roommates. Older married couple. Super nice. Kind of look like me."

Fail.

But apparently there’s name for this trend, we’re called boomeragers. After a period of living on our own, young people choose to cohabitate with their parents to save money, cope with economic downturns and eliminate any possibility of a social life whatsoever.

It wasn’t always good for business. I remember one particular speech I gave to a large financial company. When I finished, the audience gave me the first standing ovation of my career.

It was a beautiful moment that I’ll never forget.

Until my client walked up to me, shook my hand and said, “Good thing you’re not still living with your parents, huh?”

Right.

So there was always an asterisk with every win. This subtle undercurrent of not-enough-ness that kept me from feeling completely successful. And I knew that until I moved out on my own, until I let go of that security blanket, I would never be okay with myself.

But I’m not complaining. I never regret a single day living at home. I was grateful to have parents that loved me and who were willing to disrupt their empty nest lifestyle to support me as I started my career.

They're not good parents, they're heroic.

And when I started earning enough to move out, they lovingly helped me pack my bags.

What more can a kid ask for?

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Creativity Isn’t About What We Create

I’ve been playing, composing and performing original music since I was twelve.

And yet, despite natural talent, despite evolving confidence, despite explosive creativity and despite flowing support, it wasn’t until last week that I finally found the courage to release my music publicly.

That’s twenty years.

Twenty years of winking in the dark. Twenty years of being selfish with my art. Twenty years of dodging any form of feedback, believing that the theater of the mind is better. Twenty years of hiding my history behind a vault, keeping my feelings to myself, singing in corner, hoping to God nobody would walk in on me.

Until I couldn’t take it any more.
I realized that had I lost touch with a part of myself. A part that was too essential to my makeup to ignore. A part that had a voice that couldn’t go unheard.

By not sharing my music, it didn’t really exist. By refusing to make my pain public, the scars could never fully heal. By not giving myself permission to express that side of my heart, there would always be a part of me that was still hiding from the world.

So I finally got over myself and shipped.

I released four different albums, recorded at four different stages of my life.

I took a stab into the unknown, threw myself blindly into the impossible and braved the gaze of the whole world, with teeth poised to bite into the fruits of my courage.

And it paid off instantly.

Not because people noticed. Not because fans downloaded. Not because I plan to go on forty city tour. But because the moment I saw those songs live, naked to the world in all their imperfect splendor, there was a piece of me, a piece that waited in the wings patiently for twenty years, that finally exhaled.

Creativity isn’t about what we create.

It’s about who we become by sharing what we create.

We did not come here to bury our music. And if we get our strength from hiding it from the world, nobody is every going to hear it.

Save the shovels for the gravedggers.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Treehouse And The Skyscraper

I had an idea for a treehouse and ended up building a skyscraper.

Never saw it coming. Never saw myself as much of an architect. But as I lean over the ledge and let my eyes tumble down the side of the glass, all the pieces fit.

This edifice, this thing that I have built with gallons of blood and sweat and whatever bodily fluid was required at the time, isn’t just some project, some arbitrary eruption.
It’s a public index of my values.
It’s a tree on which the fruit of my bravery hangs.

What’s strange is – and I never thought I’d say this, but – twelve years later, I think I would be okay letting the city crumble to the ground.

As long as we come home together.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Own your breath, nobody can steal your peace

Success morphs into failure when it comes too fast, too early and too abundantly.

I learned this the hard way when I was twenty-six and my left lung collapsed.

It’s called a pneumothorax, which is a fairly common incident among young, tall men in their late twenties. And although the doctor said it was sporadic, I chose to tell myself a different story. A story that would teach me a lesson I’d never forget:

When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.

Develop a healthy relationship with your breath. While money loves speed, velocity creates stress, and stress kills people.

You have to honor what stops you. And if nothing stops you, stop yourself.
Otherwise, you’ll never get over yourself.
Otherwise, you’ll become a victim of your own conviction.

It’s amazing how quickly humility shows up when you’re incapacitated in a hospital bed for six days with a tube in your chest whacked out on morphine experiencing multiple anxiety attacks.

Interestingly, it was my left lung that collapsed.

Directly underneath my nametag.

Who knew a sticker could be so heavy?

Maybe it's not a nametag -- it's an anvil.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Nametag Manifesto -- Chapter 6: The End of Dishonesty

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"Everyone should wear nametags, all the time, everywhere, forever.”

That’s my thesis, philosophy, dangerous idea and theory of the universe.

My name is Scott, and I’ve been wearing a nametag for past four thousand days.

And after traveling to hundreds of cities, a dozen countries, four continents, meeting tens of thousands of people, constant experimentation and observation, building a enterprise and writing a dozen books in the process, I believe, with all my heart, that the societal implications of wearing nametags could change everything.

This is my manifesto:

6. The End of Dishonesty
If everybody wears nametags, untruthfulness becomes extremely difficult.

We’re all lie detectors. Instead of manipulating the way other people see us, now, what we see is what we get, despite our best efforts to obscure the truth.

We’ve returned to a world without a backstage. We’re always going to be known for what we’re about to do. And as such, we start choosing smarter.
Now we can stop racking our brains trying to remember what we told and to whom. Now we can use our brains for more creative and valuable functions. Like listening and sharing and connecting and feeling.

If everybody wears nametags, no more dishonorable action, no more lying and no more aliases.

# # #

You are now ready for chapter seven.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

The Gift that Costs Nothing, But Changes Everything

It costs nothing to encourage.

It’s gift we can give to anyone, anytime, anywhere, and change them forever. And it’s our responsibility to be dispensaries of encouragement to everyone we meet.

Let us give people permission to do something great. Let us throw people over the other side of the wall. Let us provide the spark that grows into an inferno. Let us take people’s hands and push them into the fire.

Let us give people a front row seat to their own genius. Let us believe in them more than they believe in themselves. Let us help people fall in love with themselves all over again. Let us leave people altered, refusing to let them stay where they are.
That’s encouragement.

A gift that costs nothing, but changes everything.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

What happens when we make a decision?


There’s nothing harder than making a decision.

Decisions mean commitment, and every commitment has consequences.

But even though we’d rather dwindle indecisively for an eternity, artfully creating excuses why something won’t work, persistently telling ourselves stories about why we wouldn’t deserve it if it did work, eventually, we have to decide. We have to set a drop-dead date, cut the ropes and run.

Otherwise we waste our time trying to figure out whether the move is right. When the reality is, if we don’t commit, we’re always wrong.
On the other hand, what happens when we make a decision?

Everything.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Portrait of a Modern Career

It’s tempting to covet other people’s careers.

Especially when we see them doing things we’d like to be doing.

But the reality is, we can’t have another person’s career any more that we can have another person’s hair. Their history, their trajectory and their motivations are theirs and theirs alone.

Even if we did try to copy their path and plug our variables into their equations, we’d still come out with a different result. Like taking Pemberton’s recipe for Coke and mixing it ourselves, we’d always produce our own unique flavor of soda. Every time.

But that’s the beauty of the modern career: It’s the river we can’t step in twice.

With global shifts in economics, technology, culture and population, there are as many career paths as there are people to take them. No two are exactly alike.
And if we want to support each other in our mutual endeavors, we need to greet each other’s careers with affirmation, not envy. We need to treat each other’s careers as a source of inspiration, not frustration.

That way, instead of bastardizing our life into a cover song of another person’s music, we craft our careers into the limited editions that they were meant to be.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

What's Your Relationship Bandwidth?

People come in and out of our lives everyday.

Some stick around a few minutes, some stick around forever.

And what’s amazing is how much they can impact our life, even if they’re only part of it for a short while. Strangers on the bus, neighbors down the street, roommates for a semester, lovers over the summer, guests at a hotel – when we meet someone we like, someone who brings us to life and makes us feel better about ourselves, part of us is frustrated that they can’t be in our lives for a longer period of time.

If only we’d met one year earlier, we think.
If only we’d done a better job staying in touch, we think.

But that’s the wrong attitude. That’s the scarcity mentality that doesn’t serve us.
Instead of fantasizing about what life might have been if that person was still living down the street from us, instead of kicking ourselves for not being better friends, let’s be thankful we were lucky enough to have had a relationship in the first place. Let’s honor the place that person had in our history instead of apologizing for not being better at returning phone calls.

Because despite our best efforts – even despite our hyper-connected society – it’s hard to stay friends with everybody. There's only so much social bandwidth available. Some relationships have an expiration date, and we have to learn to be okay with that.

It doesn’t mean we’re insincere people.
It doesn’t mean we’re bad at relationships.
It doesn’t negate the good times we had together.

It just means that life happens. People get busy.

With the population nearing seven billion, this minor transgression is certainly forgivable.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Nametag Manifesto -- Chapter 5: The End of Social Conflict

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"Everyone should wear nametags, all the time, everywhere, forever.”

That’s my thesis, philosophy, dangerous idea and theory of the universe.

My name is Scott, and I’ve been wearing a nametag for past four thousand days.

And after traveling to hundreds of cities, a dozen countries, four continents, meeting tens of thousands of people, constant experimentation and observation, building a enterprise and writing a dozen books in the process, I believe, with all my heart, that the societal implications of wearing nametags could change everything.

This is my manifesto:

5. The End of Social Conflict
If everybody wears nametag, the awkwardness goes away.

The cost of interaction approaches zero. We feel more comfortable engaging because we have nothing to lose. Never again do we have to work down the hall or live down the street from people – for years at a time – without knowing their name.

It’s simple: Conflict leads to uncertainty, which leads to anxiety, which leads to avoidance.
But with nametags, the ice is never not broken. Guesswork is a thing of the past.

Now, all first impressions are good impressions. We’ve sidestepped the entire spectrum of social awkwardness that stems from not knowing people’s names. And this frees us to focus on the conversation at hand – instead of the silent dialogue of self-consciousness.

We never have to wonder who anybody is. We can connect faster, better and truer.

If everybody wears nametags, no more shyness, no more avoidance behavior and no more social blunders.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Are You Forcing Intimacy or Accelerating It?

It’s not enough to just be amicable strangers.

I want to be friends with everyone, all the time, everywhere, forever.

That’s just me. I don’t have to warm up to people. I don’t have to get to know someone before we connect. I don’t have to wait until we’ve hung out six times before I start opening up.

I just jump right in. I reveal myself quickly, openly, honestly and respectfully. I don’t make small talk – make big talk. Immediately.

And most of the time, others reciprocate. People appreciate the willingness to cut the formalities and start connecting for real. With the exception of occasional weird looks, most people are cool with it.
The nametag is merely the entry point. The spark. The signal. And while it’s nothing grandiose, it’s proven to be a strong enough lever.

It doesn’t force intimacy – it accelerates it.

Not by false identification. Not by pretending to be everyone’s best friend. Not by memorizing a few pieces of personal information.

But by reducing the distance between people.

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Monday, January 09, 2012

The Only Thing We're Waiting For

We have all the ideas we can handle.
We have all the support we can get.
We have all the tools we can use.

That's not the problem.

What we lack is the initiative. The capacity to execute. The willingness to stand naked before the world and give it our best shot, even if we fall flat on our face.

What we lack is the will to make the decision, right now, that we are going stop sitting on our hands and go, go, go.

That's the currency. That's the scarcest resource we have.

In a world where we have everything we need to begin, the only thing left, the only thing we're waiting for, is permission.
What's hard is, nobody is going to give it to us. They can't. Only we can give it to ourselves.

But what's neat is, nobody is going to stop us either. So in that moment when we decide to act without restriction, to listen to our deepest desires and plunge into the burning heart of uncertainty, it's surprising how few people stand in our way.

Forget about the idea – it’s all about the “I did.”

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Sunday, January 08, 2012

The Problem with Compartmentalization

How do we balance it all?

It’s not just productivity, creating environments free from distraction that open up our capacity to start and finish what matters.

It’s not just structure, building regiment and blank time into our schedule that allow us to alternate between focus and freestyle.

It’s not just energy, expanding our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bandwidth so we can support the exertion life requires.

It’s not just permission, refusing to addict ourselves to preparation, planning, perfection, proficiency and permission.
It’s not just identity, knowing who we are, what we do and why we matter, so decisions are easier and quicker.

It’s not just commitment, jumping in with both feet and playing for keeps so discipline becomes a non-issue.

It’s not just persistence, relentlessly ignoring voices that don’t matter and feedback that isn’t helpful to our journey.

It’s not just diversification, allocating our creative attention to a broad range of symbiotic endeavors.

The big win is when we stop with the boxes. When we realize that living a logically divided, perfectly compartmentalized existence isn’t sustainable or realistic.

That way, everything is everything, all the time, everywhere.

And there’s nothing to balance.

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Saturday, January 07, 2012

We Have to Say Thanks Before We Say Goodbye

Saying goodbye is always sad.

Then again, it’s not as sad as having nobody to say goodbye to.

And so, during times of transition, we have to give thanks before we say goodbye. Because if we were lucky enough to have amazing people in our lives, they deserve to have their names put up in lights before we move on to the next chapter.

To those who believed in us when we didn’t believe in ourselves, we say thanks. For me, that would be people like Dixie Gillaspie, Rodney Mueller and Harlan Hodge.

To those who helped us become the people we were meant to be, we say thanks. For me, that would be Jeremy Nulik, Adam Kreitman, Steve Hughes, William Jenkins, and Arthur Scharff.
To those who were unfair with their love when we didn’t deserve it, we say thanks. For me, that would be Scott Sandler, Lisa Klempert, Shep Hyken and David Kugman.

To those who unlocked doors that we didn’t even know there was a key for, we say thanks. For me, that would be Matthew Homann, Ria Sharon and Derek Weber.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I love you all, minus zero, forever.

Truth is, this isn't really a goodbye.

More like, see you before you know it.

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