Unpacking the 2016 Election

“To the people who are crying about how could this happen. I tell you, that it happened every time you unfriended somebody just because they disagreed with you. It happened every time you shamed someone for feeling differently about something than you. It happened every time you mocked, minimized, and devalued other voters instead of engaging with them constructively. It happened because of your imperious righteousness. Because of arrogance. Winning strategy, assholes.”

-random guy on the internet

Well lets give credit where it’s due: mistrust and fear were the clear winners of the 2016 election this year.


In an effort to make sense of this year’s election results, I’ve seen quite a bit of finger pointing to try and justify why Americans turned out to elect Donald Trump as its next president.


According to the exit polls:


To describe this phenomenon in more detail,

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More Important than Fear


“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the decision that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.”


To commemorate Indigenous People’s Appreciation Month

We want to express our solidarity with the Sioux in Cannonball, North Dakota currently defending their water rights and ancestral homeland at Standing Rock Reservation.

We have to allow ourselves to be loved


“We have to allow ourselves to be loved by the people who really love us, the people who really matter. Too much of the time, we are blinded by our own pursuits of people to love us, people that don’t even matter, while all that time we waste and the people who do love us have to stand on the sidewalk and watch us beg in the streets! It’s time to put an end to this. It’s time for us to let ourselves be loved.”

~ C. JoyBell

Shaping the Web of Connection

Knock some of the cob webs off your old, preconceived notions of the ‘interwebs’
In her interview with Krista Tippet on the podcast ‘On Being,’
Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital Age

discusses the role of information we collect on the internet, and the ways we can use the data we collect to solve meaningful problems rather than use them just for advertisements.

She explains in this podcast about how the internet is still in its infancy stage. But that mindful approaches toward the way we use the web to curate content, can be used uplift others in ways that create meaning, steer us toward maturity, and perfect the human spirit.

On the Job | hunter proTips | It’s not about you

Job seekers, Don’t submit any more job applications before you check out these professional development coaches from Full Sail University

Get advice on Personal Brand strategy, Learn how to leverage Linkedin and Twitter and how to position your digital content to help you demonstrate your value to employers.

*Spoiler alert | it’s about understanding how to frame the problem and how you can solve it.

It’s not about you. It’s about your audience

It’s not about you; it’s about them. They’re gonna hire you, give you money, invest in you, work with you.


In short, which ways can you best demonstrate your value to a potential employer?

What does that even look like?

What does your employer value?

Are these things even aligned?

I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on the matter after you’ve watched this interview.

Value Added | Why People Don’t Follow Pessimists

Just in case you missed it, Jim Schleckser, CEO of Inc. Magazine recently published the rapidly trending article “People don’t follow pessimists.”

IMAGE: Getty Images
IMAGE: Getty Images

We’re happy to see positive psyche begin to gain some traction in the field of entrepreneurship.

Science confirms that reassurance and encouragement create engaged, energized cultures. When cultures permit participants to try new skills in an affirming environment, and participants can trust their leadership won’t penalize them for taking small risks they provide opportunities for growth.

Organizations that permit participants to provide straightforward feedback regarding challenges they encounter with their workflows or processes create healthy, performance culture — and a functional infrastructure for continuous improvement.

Research indicates that there is a fascinating phenomenon that occurs in which people take on the traits they describe about others.

It has a lot to do with mirror neurons and how we use emotional resonance to imprint and recreate the emotional responses we are confronted with.

“Because negative faces are more salient and therefore more likely to grab our attention than are positive faces, people are faster at locating a single negative face in a display of positive faces than they are to locate a single positive face in a display of negative faces.”

Image credit | http://opentextbc.ca/socialpsychology/chapter/initial-impression-formation/

When we see the facial expression of someone else, and this perception leads us to experience that expression as a particular affective state, we do not accomplish this type of understanding through an argument by analogy. The other’s emotion is constituted, experienced, and therefore directly understood by means of an embodied simulation producing a shared body state. It is the activation of a neural mechanism shared by the observer and the observed that enables experiential understanding. A similar simulation-based mechanism has been proposed by Goldman and Sripada (2004) as “unmediated resonance.”

In all of the above domains—of actions, intentions, emotions, and sensations—perceiving the other’s behavior automatically activates in the observer the same motor program that underlies the behavior being observed. That is, one internally simulates the observed behavior, automatically establishing a direct experiential line between observer and observed in that in both the same neural substrate is activated. Although we may and do employ more explicit hermeneutic strategies and arguments by analogy to understand another, embodied simulation—we propose—constitutes a fundamental basis for an automatic, unconscious, and noninferential understanding of another’s actions, intentions, emotions, sensations, and perhaps even linguistic expressions.

According to our hypothesis, such body-related experiential knowledge enables a direct grasping of the sense of the actions perform.

Vittorio Gallese et al.

Negativity has the power to shrink parts of our brain that controls our capacity to make positive associations. However, good narrative can enlarge us and open us up to one another, our relationship with the world around us, and a whole new world of possibilities.

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Mentors on the Move | Maxwell’s 5 Levels of Leadership

If you only had the opportunity to listen to one motivational speaker ever in life, make sure that you listen to the 5 Level’s of Leadership by John C. Maxwell.

I’m about to make a pretty bold statement: one I would not ever take lightly, but when it comes to fundamental leadership lessons in life, EVERYTHING else pales in comparison.

But I’ll have to let Mr. Maxwell explain.

What I will say however, is this. I’m not sure how many of you (esp. millennials) have ever experienced the existential crisis that comes from leaving college, getting a full time position, and suddenly coming to a startling realization that you may have hit a dead end.

Perhaps in your optimism, you thought, no biggie, for what I make an hour, it shouldn’t be a hard transition. But then you find yourself in a similar position again, and then again. You worry that you’ve missed something, you just don’t have enough credentials to be taken seriously, or that perhaps the professional world really just does not value those who are genuine and earnest.

Don’t you worry. What you’re experiencing is quite normal. And just like Tuckman’s transition from the storming to norming stages of group dynamics. It’s cool. You’re going to get one piece of pivotal advice that’s going to make a word of difference.

Want to know what it is…?

Click the following link and I promise you won’t be disappointed.