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So far John Gamades has created 184 blog entries.

Do You Really Want It?

As the scoutmaster of a Boy Scout troop in Minnesota, I got to guide many young men on their path to becoming Eagle Scouts. Along the way, I encountered one scout who was working on his requirements but having a hard time getting anything done. At one point, I sat down and told him, “I’ll [...]

By |2021-12-01T12:18:36-06:00December 1st, 2021|

Looking for the perfect gift? My Top Fifteen Leadership and Personal Development Books

Looking for the perfect leadership, business, or personal development book to give as a gift this season? A gift for someone else, or something for yourself? Someone asked me the other day about my favorite books and a suggestion they could pick up for a friend this Christmas. The question got my wheels turning. Of [...]

By |2021-11-22T09:02:54-06:00November 22nd, 2021|

Even in the mud… Show up, do the work, and embrace the uncomfortable.

On the Grit Meets Growth podcast that I share with Chris Cathers, these are common themes. Show up, do the work, and get uncomfortable. Achieving success in anything, personally and professionally, is a combination of these three disciplines. You need to be present. You need to put in the effort. You need to make room [...]

By |2021-10-26T08:53:18-05:00October 26th, 2021|

Quit Ruminating On Your Past and Chew on Neutral Thinking

It can be really easy in life to spend time looking backward, ruminating on what has already passed. That word, “ruminate,” is interesting. There are two meanings for it. First, it means to go over in the mind repeatedly, and often casually or slowly. Second, it speaks to how a cow eats. Simply put, they [...]

By |2021-09-07T06:12:34-05:00September 7th, 2021|