Well-Rounded People Have No Point

well rounded 3As a child, I frequently heard people talking about being well balanced. It seemed when an individual fixated on one thing, others looked down on that type of behavior. People talked about being a “well-rounded person” as if that was the goal.

In order to be well-rounded and balanced, we needed to find out what our weaknesses were and work on them. People wanted us to be involved in different types of activities so we could grow up well balanced. It was exhausting.

As I got older, I noticed there were some things I enjoyed and did well. There were other things I did not enjoy and did very poorly. I had little to no interest in improving some of those activities that I did not enjoy. However, if I wanted to be well-rounded I needed to “try harder” at those activities of which I performed poorly.

well rounded personAs I became an adult, I began to notice that many of the people who made the biggest difference in the world were not “well-balanced”, they were intensely-focused. They did not try to do everything equally well, they did just a few things extremely well. They were people who followed their dreams, talents, and strengths in a way that not only served them but served the world as a whole.

Have you ever found it interesting that the higher up you go in education the more narrow your subject matter? Why is that? The higher the quality of education the more intensely focused it becomes.

Please do not misunderstand me, I am not saying we should ignore those areas where we are not very strong. However, most of our time and energy should be invested in becoming even better in those areas where we are already better than most other people. It is not about being balanced. It is about being intensely focused. I encourage people to invest about 20% of their time and energy into improving their weaknesses (maintenance) and about 80% of their time and energy into improving their strengths (mastery).

John Maxwell uses this illustration; imagine a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest. Maxwell says if we try really, really hard we might be able to raise our number about 2 points. If we are a 2 in something and we work really, really, hard to improve we might

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get up to a 4. Fours are average. However, if we are a 7 at something and we work really, really hard we could possibly bring it up to a 9. And people pay big money for nines.

Albert Einstein, someone who changed the world by being intensely focused and not “well-rounded”, put it this way, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Why? Why would a well-functioning fish think it is stupid?  Because it was not made to climb trees. There are some things you are made for and some things you are not. “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that” (Galatians 6:4, The Message).

Here is the fact of the matter: well-rounded people have no point! Forget about being well-rounded and instead get intensely-focused on what God created you to do. Well-rounded people may be good people. I am not putting them down. They are contributors to their communities. They live stable lives. But intensely focused people…They change the world!


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Where There Is No Vision, The People Perish

life1We find different people throughout the Bible who followed their God-given, specific purpose. Abraham became the father of a nation just like God called him to do. Abraham was the father of Isaac, who was the father of Jacob whose name was changed to Israel. Yes, that Israel. The Israel that became a nation through the line of Abraham. David became the nation of Israel’s second king. Acts 13:36, says; “For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep” (NIV). “Fell asleep” is the Bible’s nice way of saying he died. David fulfilled God’s purpose for him while on this earth.

Nehemiah served his specific purpose of rebuilding Jerusalem’s wall and restoring the hope of his people. Ester was given a purpose of saving her people. Ester 4:14, says; “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this” (NIV). Maybe God has you in a position right now for such a time as this. I would encourage you to read Ester’s story in its entirety.

purpose2Peter fulfilled his purpose in being a leader in the early church. Paul fulfilled his purpose of being an apostle to the Gentiles (those who were not Jewish). There are numerous examples of people in the Bible following their God-given, specific purpose.

Proverbs 29:18, says; “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (KJV). Tony Campolo says, “The world is not so much sinful as it is dead.” Part of the reason that people are walking around in the world, and even in the church, like dead people is because they have no vision, no God-given purpose for existing. They are what Zig Ziglar used to call a “wandering generality instead of a meaningful specific.”

life.jpgI believe John 10:10 gives us two specific purpose statements. Jesus is speaking in this verse and he says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (NIV). The first is the purpose statement of Satan. The reason for his existence is to steal, kill, and destroy everything that is good in your life and especially your hope of eternal life. Jesus’ whole purpose for existing is to give you life and to give it to the full. The King James Version words it this way, “Life more abundantly”. The Message says, “so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of”.

That is why “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for” (Ephesians 1:11, The Message). It is only in Jesus we find out our specific purpose. To not have that purpose is deadening. To discover and follow that purpose is life to the full; life more abundantly; it is real and eternal life, more and better life than we ever dreamed of!

Helen Keller said it well when asked if there was anything worse than being blind and she replied, “Yes, being able to see and having no vision.” If you would like some specific steps in discovering your God-given purpose please look at my last blog: 5 Clues to Uncover Your N.I.C.H.E.

 

 


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5 Clues to Uncover your N.I.C.H.E.

Over the past two blogs, we have looked at our first purpose and our general purpose. However, there is another level of purpose we have not yet discussed. Not only does everyone have their first purpose (to know, love, and follow Jesus), and their general purpose (Worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism), but each one of us also has a specific purpose. While our first and general purpose are universal, our specific purpose is unique for each and every one of us.

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Galatians 6:4-5, says; Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life” (The Message). As you better understand who God made you to be and the work he wants you to do, you will better understand your specific purpose. God has equipped you to fulfill a purpose that he specifically put you on this earth to fulfill.

Here are five areas to “carefully explore” to better understand “who you are and the work you have been given”.

Natural Abilities
What are you naturally good at doing? What seems to come easier for you than it does most other people? What are some of those talents and strengths you have naturally developed?

Inspirational Gifts
Everyone who has decided to follow Jesus has received what the Bible calls spiritual gifts. I would encourage you to read Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 and 27-31; Ephesians 4:11-12; and 1 Peter 4:9-11, for a list of spiritual gifts. There are some spiritual gift surveys available online and they are helpful in discovering your spiritual gift. However, the best way is to simply try something that appeals to you and see how it goes. If it seems like a good fit, perhaps you have discovered your spiritual gift. If it is not a good fit, try another one.

niche3Character
How did God wire your brain? When I talk about understanding your character I am talking about your personality style. God has wired each one of us differently to serve him in the way he wants us to serve him. Discover your personality style and it will help you better understand your God-given, specific purpose. My DVD “How To Speak To Weird People” comes with a personality style survey and gives descriptions of each style.

Heart
What are you passionate about? What keeps you up at night because of enthusiasm and excitement and what wakes you up early in the morning for the same reason? What do you love to talk about? If you knew you could not fail and money was not an issue, what would you do? These are just some questions to help you discover your passion…your heart!

Experiences

How have past experiences equipped you for what God wants you to do? Evaluate both your good and bad experiences, because God uses both. What physical experiences, emotional experiences, intellectual experiences, and spiritual experiences have you had that has shaped you into the person you are today?

Niche2If you noticed, those five areas spell the word NICHE. What is your niche? What are your natural abilities, inspirational gifts, character, heart, and experiences? Once you make a “careful exploration” of these five areas, you will have a better idea of “who you are and the work you have been given”. Then you will better understand what your God-given, specific purpose may be!


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Step One: If You Want to Find True Happiness, You Must Do Something

happy-7.pngSeveral years ago my wife and I went through a series of four classes at our church. Each 2-hour class was offered once a month. The classes were about the purpose and values of the church; how to grow spiritually; how to get involved in ministry at the church, and how to tell other people about Jesus.

Four months later, the teacher of that fourth class asked if we had taken all the other classes. We responded, “Yes.” He asked,  “Well, you know what you have to do now?” My wife and I looked at each other. Then responded, “No, what?” He smiled and said, “Somethin’”.

In a very simple way, that was extremely profound advice. If you want to find true happiness and joy, you must do ‘somethin’. Happiness will not just show up on your doorstep. Get out and take action.

Nothing happens until somethin’ happens. John Maxwell puts it this way, “What separates the developer of a successful dream from a mere daydreamer is committed action.” If you want to be happy, if you want to be successful, if you want to climb to your God-given potential you must get up and do somethin’.

happyIf you have a dream, write down some actions to take and then pick one to do right now. If you are going to make a significant change in your life it must be done immediately and enthusiastically. Do it now and do it with enthusiasm. If it is worth doing then why put it off? Do it now!

If you do not know what to do or maybe you do not have a specific dream to work towards, then just do something constructive. Volunteer with your church or community, go visit someone in the hospital, call someone you have not talked to in a long time. Do somethin’!

Happiness and joy will not find you, it must be sought out. However, if you only self-indulge to make yourself happy, you will never find happiness. If your actions are only for your benefit, then happiness will elude you. The more “others-centered” you become, the bigger difference you will make in your own joy. That is a principle and not a tactic.

So, step one in finding real happiness is “do something”. Tomorrow we will look at step two.  But first, do step one by writing down an action you will take and then get up and do it! DO IT NOW!!  Take a moment and send it to me using the form below…. I’d love to hear your first action step!


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God and Disc Golf

disc golfOne of my two favorite sports is Disc Golf (my other favorite is Wiffle Ball). Disc Golf is played similar to ball golf. Instead of hitting a ball with a club into a hole, you throw a disc into a basket. Each basket has a specific par, just like in ball golf, and the goal is to get the disc in the basket in as few throws as possible.

disc golf2The interesting thing about Disc Golf is the number of different discs that perform different tasks. You have driver discs, mid-range discs, and putter discs. You also have some discs that are easier to curve to the right while others are easier to curve to the left. Some discs float, in case you do not make those over the water shots, and others do not. Different discs can be made of different kinds of plastic and each one serves a different purpose.

Here is the weird thing. I believe God has made us in a similar way that manufacturers have made those discs. He has made all of us different to serve different tasks. The sad part about this is that discs are more often used for their specific purpose than people are.

Galatians 6:4-5 says, “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life” (The Message). We all have different spiritual gifts, passions, abilities, personalities, and experiences. God has made us for a specific purpose.

Just like certain discs are used for specific tasks, so certain people are made for specific tasks. None of us can do everything. There is something you do better than most other people. Find out what that is and then sink yourself into that.

Be creative! Make the search! Discover your purpose! Then wear yourself out doing exactly what God created you to do!  Anybody up for a game of disc golf??


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Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

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What EXACTLY Is It You Do For a Living Tommy Lanham?

Hi!  I’m Tommy’s wife, Tammy.  Something Tommy and I have in common is we both struggle with a short answer when the inevitable question comes up “So, what do you do?”  I, personally, homeschool a 6th grader and 8th grader, am the chief marketing officer for my husband’s business as well a the owner of Tammy Lanham Images, specializing in photography and marketing for entrepreneurs and small businesses.  See – not really a very short answer, is it?

So I sat down with Tommy Lanham and interviewed him to try and get a better idea of how to market him.  I’ll let you listen in:

So Tommy, what is it you do for a living?
I used to say I was a speaker and life coach. The ppotential 2roblem with that answer is that many people have no idea what that means. It is such a vague description of what I do. It is like asking a mechanic what he does and him answering, “I lift hoods and twist wrenches.”

Give me the short answer.
I help people climb to their God-given potential. Although some think I’m a comedian, I love puns and that my full-time job is keeping my wife happy.  All of that is true, too.

Who is it that you help?
Organizations, churches, ministries, marriages, and individuals.  Hungry ones.

I was recently working with a coach myself and together we came up with,  “I serve those who hunger for their God-given potential.” This better identifies who I work with. People who are content in their day-to-day life probably have no interest in what I have to offer.

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Who will benefit from working with you?
Those who hunger.  Businesses who want to be more successful, more productive, more peaceful.  Organizations who are ready to move forward and really crush it.  Churches who want to go beyond the status quo.  People/organizations who have big plans but don’t know how to move forward with those plans.  Those who are ready to make changes, ready to discover what God has in store for them.

Those people are much less likely to get sidetracked when the climb becomes difficult. Because it will get difficult. If you do not have that inner hunger, all the skill, motivation and coaching in the world will not help you.

How exactly do you work with people?
I do one-on-one coaching, I travel and speak, offer motivational keynotes, present partial and full day training for organizations and events.  I have three popular presentations “Great Minds Think Together” “Organized Dreaming” and “The Climb” that can stand alone or build upon one another to create an unstoppable recipe for success.

Explain to me “Location / Destination / Navigation”
That’s the three programs I just mentioned.
1.  Location:  Step one is figuring out your own location – your starting point on your GPS. Who are you? Get an understanding of your organization’s strengths and weaknesses, personality, spiritual gifts, your present state, etc.  This helps give you an understanding of where you are starting. You cannot map out where to go until you find out where you are.  This self-awareness is discovered and examined in my program “Great Minds Think Together.”  It is the foundation of my 3-step program.

2.  Destination:  Where do you want to be?  What do you want most out of life?  This step is all about discovering your organization’s purpose and future. In this program, you create a vivid picture in your mind about where you would like you or your organization to go. What kinds of goals are you setting?  Get specific about your goal or dream. Do not say, “I want to increase productivity.” That is like telling your GPS, “I want to go north.” That is not a destination. In this program, I help you get specific. My program “Organized Dreaming” helps you set goals with razor sharp focus. It’s a great tool on its own but it’s also an incredibly effective tool when coupled with the foundational program in step 1.

3.  Navigation:  Once your GPS finds your location, and you enter the address you want to go to, then and only then, will the GPS calculate a route for you. Then you can follow the direction to get to your destination. Sometimes you may need to re-calculate along the way just like a GPS does, but that does not mean you abandon the destination. It just means you may need to make some adjustments along the way. The program “The Climb” is the motivation, empowerment and the guide along your journey that helps you navigate which step to take next.

There you go! A simple three step process. Location + Destination + Navigation = your GPS for success in getting from where you are to where you want to be!

So, what is it you tell people when they ask what it is you do?
I am leading an enthusiastic revolution against the mundane.  I don’t think they always get it.

You get up on a Monday morning.  What’s your first hour look like?
I send out reminder emails to my coaching clients of their upcoming coaching calls this week. I do any last minute preparations for any groups I’ll be speaking to during the week and check my calendar for upcoming group presentations or travel.

Then I eat a bowl of cereal and kiss my wife good morning.  Remember, gotta keep my wife happy.  😉  The same things any leader of a revolution does, right?


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Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

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So Tommy, You’re Starting a Revolution?

lowres01.jpgAnytime I meet someone, the inevitable question comes up eventually (usually sometime after the discussion about the weather and the latest relevant sporting event to take place) “So, Tommy Lanham, what do you do?” This question is asked in just about any circle of people. Networking events, parties, family gatherings, even just walking through Wal-Mart, it is almost guaranteed that somebody will ask that question. So, what is my answer?

I used to say I was a speaker and life coach. The problem with that answer is that many people have no idea what that means. It is such a vague description of what I do. It is like asking a mechanic what he does and him saying, “I lift hoods and twist wrenches.”

Eventually, I began to answer; “I help people climb to their God-given potential.” This is a more accurate description of what I do. I use coaching and speaking to help churches, companies, ministries, marriages, and individuals climb to their God-given potential.

I was recently working with a coach myself and together we came up with, “I serve those who hunger for their God-given potential.” This better identifies who I work with. People who are not willing to climb to their God-given potential probably have no interest in what I have to offer.

hunterHowever, those who hunger for their God-given potential are ready to move forward, they are ready to make changes, they are ready to discover what God has in store for them. They are much less likely to get sidetracked when the climb becomes difficult. Because it will get difficult. If you do not have that hunger, all the coaching in the world will not help you.

Just a couple weeks ago I was having a business meeting with my wife. We were talking about this very issue and came to this conclusion; “I am leading a revolution against the mundane.” That was an interesting way of putting it considering these definitions of the word mundane:mundane

  1. Common; ordinary; banal; unimaginative.
  2. Of or relating to this world or earth as contrasted with heaven; worldly; earthly.                                                              (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/mundane?s=t)

According to Dictionary.com (I checked other sources and they had similar definitions), there is a spiritual component to not living a mundane life. Wow! Who knew? I love the dictionaryMain Graphic!

The actual purpose statement of my speaking and coaching ministry/business is: To help you climb to your God-given potential through coaching, leading, instructing, and motivating you to believe that with God’s help you can make the climb.

So, to wrap all this up:

What do I do: I am leading an enthusiastic (that is another word with spiritual connotations) revolution against the mundane.

Who do I work with: churches, companies, ministries, marriages, and individuals who hunger for their God-given potential.

How do I do it: by helping them climb to their God-given potential through coaching, leading, instructing, and motivating them to believe that with God’s help they can make the climb.

So, if you ever wanted to ask me what it is I do, there is your answer.

Are you ready to join the revolution?


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Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

Tommy is dedicated to helping you make your next event the best you’ll ever experience. Your audience will laugh, learn and be inspired as he mixes enthusiasm and humor with motivational stories to deliver a high content message.

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6 Ingredients of a Wildly Successful Team

Whether you are part of a company, church, volunteer organization, family business, or even a family; there are some universal principles to help you get from where you are to where you want to be. Of course, you must first desire to go somewhere. If you are satisfied with where you are as a company, church, organization or family, then feel free to disregard everything in this blog.

For the rest of us who hunger for their God-given potential and are ready to join the revolution against the mundane please continue reading.teamOne thing I have learned in being a part of businesses, ministries, churches, numerous volunteer organizations, and a family is that they ALL work better when they work together. In all of these areas, we must have unity in moving toward a common goal or purpose. Together is better. The more you can grow in unity with your teammates, the more successful everyone will be.

Each team member must enjoy who they work with and the work they do.  They must learn how each person complements each other’s strengths and weaknesses. The better a team complements each other as they move toward a common goal, the more likely they are to reach that goal.

A team works better together when they share a clear vision, core values, and clearly communicated goals.

The ingredients of a successful team:

  1. Unity
  2. Joy
  3. Complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses
  4. Clear vision
  5. Core values
  6. Clearly communicated goals

Any team that is going to be successful in getting from where they are to where they want to be will need to have these six core ingredients.

If your church, business, organization, or even family, is having trouble mixing these ingredients into a successful recipe, take a look at my Great Minds Think Together training (ranges from 1 hour to a full day training).

What ingredients would you add?


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Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

Tommy is dedicated to helping you make your next event the best you’ll ever experience. Your audience will laugh, learn and be inspired as he mixes enthusiasm and humor with motivational stories to deliver a high content message.

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Who ARE You Anyway?

Over the course of the last four blogs we have uncovered how people are energized (Extravert or Introverts); how they communicate (Sensing or Intuitive); how they make decisions (Thinking or Feeling); and how they prioritize (Judging or Perceiving). If you
have missed any of those blogs you can find them at the links below:

How Are You Energized? Depends on Your Personality

The Secret Code Behind Remarkable Communication

How Do You Make Decisions?

Are You Scheduled or Spontaneous?

What happens when we put all of these together? How is someone who is an introvert, intuitive, feeler, perceiver; different from someone who is an extrovert, sensing, thinker, judger? The different combinations of these four areas (how we are energized, communicate, make decisions, and prioritize) helps us understand our specific personality style. Throughout the rest of the blog I will use the following letters to refer to the following words:

who areE=Extravert

I=Introvert

S=Sensing

N= Intuitive

T=Thinking

F=Feeling

J=Judging

P=Perceiving

Obviously, there are sixteen different variations we can find out of the different combinations of the eight words mentioned above. However, I want to look at the four dominate personality styles according to the combinations. We will look at the sixteen different combinations in a future blog.

SJ=Sensing + Judging

SJ’s are what I call the HEARTS. They are the security-seeking personality. They make up about 40-50% of the world’s population. Their time focus is on the past. A biblical example is Moses. At work or in ministry they want to develop a connection with other people while being able to measure accomplishment. As leaders they are stabilizers.

SP=Sensing + Perceiving

SP’s are what I call the BODIES. They are the thrill-seeking personality. They make up about 30-40% of the world’s population. Their time focus is on the now. A biblical example is Peter. At work and in ministry they want to have fun and be active. As leaders they are troubleshooters.

NF=Intuitive + Feeler

NF’s are what I call the SOULS. They are the identity-seeking personality. They make up about 10-20% of the world’s population. Their time focus is on the future. A biblical example is Barnabas. At work and in ministry they want harmony and a purpose to fulfill. As leaders they are inspirational.

NT=Intuitive + Thinker

NT’s are what I call the MINDS. They are the knowledge-seeking personality. They make up about 5-10% of the world’s population. Their time focus is on intervals (they associate time less with the clock and more with their projects). A biblical example is Paul. At work and in ministry they want to be an individual and they want things done efficiently. As leaders they are strategic.

Those are the four major personality styles. Look at the combination of the eight areas we have covered over the past four blogs and see if you can determine your personality style.

What is your personality style?


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Are You Scheduled or Spontaneous?

Over the last three blogs, we have looked at how different people energize, communicate, and make decisions. Today we will look at how different people prioritize. Again, we can break this down into two different styles of prioritizing.

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Judging means “preferring to make decisions;” it does not mean “judgmental” in the sense of constantly making negative evaluations about people and events. They like to live in a planned, orderly way. They are scheduled, organized, and try to avoid last-minute stress.

They want to make decisions, come to closure, and move on. Their lives tend to be structured and organized, and they like to have things settled. Sticking to a plan and schedule is very important to them, and they enjoy getting things done.

Perceiving
Perceiving means “preferring to take in information;” it does not mean “perceptive” in the sense of having quick and accurate perceptions about people and events. They like to live in a flexible, spontaneous way. They are flexible, casual, and find last-minute pressures energizing.

Perceivers find detailed plans and final decisions confining. They prefer to stay open to new information and last-minute options. They enjoy being resourceful in adapting to the opportunities and demands of the moment.

This is how different people prioritize. Neither is good or bad. It is how they are lived out that matters. We need both.

judging3When the judging and the perceiving can work together toward a common goal, they can complement each other well. However, if each one thinks they are right and the other is wrong, they will forever be in conflict. I am a firm believer that great minds do NOT think alike. However, great minds do think together!

We do not need people to think alike. We need each person to bring their differences; their different ways energizing, different ways of communicating, different ways of decision making, and their different ways of prioritizing; and use those differences to work together toward a common goal or purpose. That is what great minds do. They do NOT think alike, they simply think together.

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Are you more of a judger or a perceiver?


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