You hear all the time the question: What would you do if you knew you could not fail? I think the more powerful question though is:

What would you do anyway even if you knew you would fail?

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Why this question? Because if you did something knowing it would fail, but you were motivated to keep going anyway, that would show true love, true admiration, a true commitment to the work. You then aren’t in it for the results. You aren’t in it for the prestige, the fame, the fortune, the admiration, the praise, or the recognition. …


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The famous play thought leader and a play mentor of mine, Kevin Carroll, asks:

What type of conversation are you trying to have:

A transactional or transformational conversation?

In this new reality of fake authenticity, I’ve found that many times when I received a LinkedIn message, I got a feigned interest in me, followed up with what that person is selling. I’m not sure what is worse. Pretending that you want to be friends or simply asking me to give you money directly. Both don’t feel good.

So, I’ve thought about how can a LinkedIn message actually not feel slimy even if you do want to ask something from that person. There is something powerful that I heard Shia Lebouf say in an interview at the Oxford Union that I thought was really…


All of our greatest innovations, conquests, explorations of self, ways in which we have grown as a human race came from allowing ourselves to explore our imagination and ask the question, “I wonder if this is possible?”

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If you think of how you played as a kid and how you shaped worlds to fit your imagination; then made those worlds a reality, that is exactly what you are doing now as an adult.

I think the challenge is that as adults, we are so fixated on making the “right” choice or being “correct” and not allowing ourselves to play more (as we need to be serious adults). …


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We have entered a new normal. A once in a century pandemic that will alter the course of history and change the way we interact in the world. So, why are we choosing to solve the same problems with old, antiquated solutions?

For example, the job hunt. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. unemployment rate is 6.9%. That does not include all the people that are currently underemployed doing part-time jobs or gig work.

Applying to jobs the standard way just doesn’t work in this new, chaotic environment. If you have been in the workforce for quite some time and haven’t had to look for a job and all of sudden, you are laid off and now have to compete with recent college grads, as well as your peers, that can be really tough. …


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Look at these examples of the impact they have made just in the last 5 years.


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Brands right now have a unique opportunity to connect with so many people through the viral app TikTok, but they seem to not understand it because they have forgotten how to play.

Many brands are showing up on these platforms like TikTok and Snapchat and doing the exact same boring approach to marketing that they did on other social media platforms. Maybe, they are doing some product placement or getting an influencer to use their product, but it is the same dull approach that they used to do with TV and even radio. …


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I have had the opportunity to be on over 100 Podcasts in the last 9 months and I’ve learned a lot of lessons from doing this. I thought I’d share them for anyone that either wants to be on more podcasts or has been pitching podcasts with not much luck.

Before exploring these podcast guest tips, I think it is worth mentioning why I was willing to put in all this work to get on all these podcasts. Was it due to ego? Was it just for the challenge? I wasn’t fully sure at first. I just know that I care so much about getting my message out about play and how it can change a moment, a day, a life, and possibly even change the world. That is what pushed me more than anything to keep going, regardless of the amount of rejection, the amount of ghosting, and sending the number of outreach emails. …


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John Lewis Who Fought During The Civil Rights Movement For Our Right To Vote

This is for the voters who stood in lines for hours and lifted each other’s spirit…

This is for the person who voted for the first time in this election and for the person who has voted in every election…

This is for the person who is voting in honor of someone who passed away…

This is for the volunteer who made their first call ever and for the seasoned volunteer who made over ten thousand calls…

This is for the person who wrote cards to swing states…

This is for the person who has gone to other states just to get out the…


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Employee engagement has become a trendy word in the last decade, but are we willing to explore what effective employee engagement really looks like?


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I was really broken up yesterday about the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. It was as if she represented the last line of defense of democracy. The more I thought about though, I realized I missed two of the biggest messages RBG stood for.

#1. Fight Even When It Seems Impossible To Win

As the only progressive, female Supreme Court Justice on a court that was full of white guys, she fought even when everything was stacked against her.

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Positive Psychology Play Speaker & Coach / Find Ways To Rediscover Your Play at RediscoverYourPlay.com

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