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Want More Purpose in Your Life?

Us too. Surprised to learn that we don’t always have life mapped out? Don’t be. We take pride in not always knowing our exact path moving forward – partly because we know that reconnecting with our purpose will help us uncover it, and partly because we’re at our best when we’re drawn towards something, not distracted by it. We spend a considerable amount of time at PointAbove emphasizing adventure and discovery – a process that begins with asking ourselves a lot of questions, telling our stories, and listening for clues. And we love it! As I’m typing this I’m feeling a little guilty admitting just how much we enjoy exploring and sharing those times in life that make us feel fulfilled, excited, and inspired –...

USVI (part 2) – Best Dives

It’s Week Two in the US Virgin Islands (you can read about Week One here) and we’ve relocated to a rental house near the Mountain Top and it’s World Famous Banana Daiquiri. The view alone makes it difficult to leave the balcony overlooking the rear patio pool. Contemplating real estate and full-time residency over my morning coffee has become part of my routine… but this week is all about underwater adventure and the USVI promises to be incredible. Downtime between dives allows for some additional exploration including a retreat to Magens Bay, hailed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world (and the bay immediately below our balcony). This area gets a little crowded but the beachside bar and grill provides the flexibility...

USVI (part 1) – 3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Make a Change

I’m in the USVI for Shark Week (this isn’t intentional, but I’m going with it). Admittedly, it’s more vacation than adventure this week, but sometimes it’s good to get away – and this is a great place to do so – even if only for an extended weekend. Sometimes thinking in ways that set you apart from others begins by actually getting away from others. I’m a traveler and in a sense, pursuing new experiences and encouraging/assisting others to do the same is my day-job. How then do I take a break? I travel of course! (just not with a group). So for the next two weeks I’m attempting to flesh out some working ideas, catching some Caribbean sunshine, and talk to myself as much...

Dolomites Part 2

It’s week number two in the South Tyrol (you can read Week One here) and we’re in the Dolomites for the hiking (and the food… and the beer… and the people… again, see Part One). This portion of our trip has been organized by my brother-in-law and sister-in-law – expat digital nomads who contribute and support one another’s projects. She’s a virtual tour guide for Iceland, helping people plan amazing experiences through web resources, guide books, courses, and a very active Facebook Group. He’s a photo + video creator a “world tour” in search of other melon heads with great travel stories. You can also follow their discoveries and world travels together on Instagram here. I learned so much from them this week! And I...

Dolomites Part 1

We’re in the South Tyrol region of Italy – two hours north of Venice progressing towards the Austrian border – and the little Fiat rental is beginning to voice some struggle. Corkscrew inclines, as if spliced from a James Bond movie, have me shifting in my seat and grasping for secure handholds. They’ll be no sleeping on the remainder of this car ride. The Adriatic coast feels far away, distanced first by a wide highway and shallow sea plain, and now slipping further below the horizon with each narrow switchback along the ridgeline. This is the terrain we’re here for – dramatic rock pinnacles, towers and table mountains overwhelming our windshield view. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009 due to their global uniqueness,...

The Procrastinators Advantage

Fallingwater
Title Herb Carver  |  Date 2018  |                    . By 1935, architect Frank Lloyd Wright appeared to be finished. It’s not that Wright hadn’t enjoyed an accomplished career. He’d designed and built some 500 offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, museums and homes; pioneered what came to be called the Prairie School movement of architecture and originated the Usonian city planning concept; wrote dozens of books (including his own autobiography) and delivered lectures in Europe and the United States. But now in his late 60’s, many critics considered him a relic. “Modern Architecture” was all the rage – embracing new construction technologies of glass, steel, and reinforced concrete. Wright wanted nothing of it and within the industry, his younger...

The Happy Introvert: Leveraging Our Strengths

The Happy Introvert
Title Herb Carver  |  Date 2018  |                    . By most any measure, we seem to make room for a remarkably narrow range of personality styles these days. Movie plots, television leads, sports stars, political beliefs, pharmaceutical commercials… even our social media feeds tell us that to be great is to be bold, to have value is to have audacity, and to be happy is to be outgoing. I’m totally onboard with the belief that our personality traits play a fundamental role in driving our actions, but as an introvert, I found myself wondering what I might be missing. The results were shocking. Here is my favorite: “Think of extravert and introvert brains as Microsoft Word. You...

Thanks, But No Thanks

Thanks But No Thanks
When people apply for a job, they go above and beyond to make certain they leave a good impression. And when it comes to the job interview, the same attitude should prevail among the recruiters and HR personnel responsible for finding the best talent for the team. Job candidates today are doing their homework before the interview, and they'll be sizing up your company based on the impression your recruiters give them. One misstep by an HR person could send the most qualified applicants running for the exit. The Don'ts of Recruiting Here are some "don'ts" that you and your HR recruiters can follow to avoid common mistakes when interviewing potential employees: Don't get "cute" with the questions. There's nothing wrong with thinking outside the...

Tips For Conquering Your Post-Startup

Conquering the Post StartUp
It can be an uncomfortable zone: you’re not really a start-up any more, but there is so much runway in front of you that it’s difficult to picture being anything but. Still, you’re beginning to manage less product and service development and instead managing what feels to be an endless list of open “to-do” items for you and your team. Congrats. That’s one of the first signs that you’ve reached the growth stage. You have a product or service that your existing customers love and a market that wants what you have to offer. You’re operation is “stable” and there is every indication that you’re meeting customer demands. Now it’s time to shift your focus to formalizing the business – getting the right tools, people,...

5 Bite-Sized Lessons From 5 Big Leaders

BiteSized Leadership
If you are striving to be a better manager, leadership coaching will be one of the best investments you could make. Understanding how to be a true leader will enable you to build better employee engagement. We know that leaders are made, not born, and these five leaders have the success to prove it. Here’s some bite-sized leadership lessons to get you thinking about your own leadership. 1. Treat Everyone with Respect: Nelson Mandela One of the greatest world leaders of our time knew the importance of treating people like human beings regardless of their outward appearance. In today's workplace, it is easy for people to feel unappreciated or looked down upon because of any one of countless personal characteristics. Lead with this concept in...
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