Marcia Conner

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Tomorrow’s Too Late by Jay Cross

Note from Marcia: More than a decade ago, I was editor of an online magazine focused on the promise of learning in the new economy. We addressed learning as the lifeblood of society, a natural process living things did nonstop, bearing little resemblance to modern practices in school or training. Jay Cross wrote several wonderful articles...

for the publication. With the exception of a reference to VCRs, and Jay’s hallmark cottage-industry sketches, the piece seems as timely to me today as it did back in 2001. Jay passed away recently and I realized it was time to share here my favorite article, reminding every one of us tomorrow’s too late.   “You cannot escape the... [read more]

Tomorrow’s Too Late by Jay Cross

More or Less

Day after day, year after year, I’ve strived to always do more. In school when I was assigned a paper on an “ism” I wrote it on “Moreism.” My first book was titled, Learn More Now. I’ve not aspired for more goods, rather more experiences. As to why, I have more theories than time....

My life was complicated by running forward without recognizing I’d tangled my path. When starting something new I rarely asked myself, “What will I take off of my schedule?” I’d never aggregated my actions: looking at all I was doing, observing my patterns, let alone considering my bounds. Then something changed. No single event gets credit,... [read more]

More or Less

Get Some Sleep!

Our lack of sleep deprives us of the capacity to excel. There was a time I chose to sleep only a few hours a night. I commuted between continents for months and then from the East Coast to West Coast each week for years. Habits included late night reading, early morning email, and thirty...

years without a nap. I believed I could achieve higher productivity by simply sleeping less. Now I chase after sleep like fireflies: enthusiastically but with little sparkle the next day. I have a young son and a husband with restless legs. I also have a new company about to launch and another fall season on the road... [read more]

Get Some Sleep!

I do believe in magic

"When I was twelve years old, the world was my magic lantern, and by its green spirit glow I saw the past, the present, and into the future. You probably did too; you just don’t recall it...We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains...

"When I was twelve years old, the world was my magic lantern, and by its green spirit glow I saw the past, the present, and into the future. You probably did too; you just don’t recall it... [read more]We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get out on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible. Told to act our age." From Boy's Life by Robert McCammon

I do believe in magic

Great people do things before they’re ready.

As I work on finishing up a book chapter about taking action and a report about using your brain at work, I found this fantastic quote from Amy Poehler. Perhaps not a new year’s resolution as much as a solid kick in the ass to move along NOW. In short: Step into life. Go....

This is from Amy’s Smart Girls “Ask Amy” series in a response to a question from teenage Mae about staying courageous. For those of you who want the words to requote and with a bit more at the end than was in the image: Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they... [read more]

Great people do things before they’re ready.

Focus on What Matters Most

Marcia interviewed Elaine St. James about simplifying, writing books, and finding a place in the world.

Focus on What Matters Most

Could you make your job a dream job?

Kris Dunn, on the HR Capali$t blog, wrote recently about Dream Jobs. What’s at the intersection of stuff you love to do, stuff you’re good at, and stuff someone will pay you to do? He had engaged in a conversation about, “What would your dream job be?” at a group function and it was now...

on his mind. It’s now on my mind, too. He paraphrased that while the specific answers on dream jobs were all different, they all had the following in common: “I wish I could do a job that had more purity in purpose, and had none of the political and red-tape BS I currently have to deal... [read more]

Could you make your job a dream job?

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