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Sinclair Advisory Group is a proud partner of www.moderndavinci.net, a professional development site helping its members to grow their businsess and develop world-class leadership.  SAG Member Seth Sinclair is a co-founder of Modern da Vinci and serves as the site's leadership expert.  Read some of the recent posts on leadership and business development from Modern da Vinci below.

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An Open Letter to One Internet Shamer (Who Really Pissed Me Off) (Mon, 04 Nov 2019)
I’ve got a message for the pissed-off suburbanite who posted an emotionally charged and personally-identifying Facebook story about a terrible person speeding through our neighborhood with reckless abandon. You are the problem. You. Not the person who was allegedly going 15 over in a school zone. No. If what you say is true, a local cop should serve that someone a ticket as punishment for their mistake and to pump a bit of funding into our sheriff’s coffers. But that so-and-so was speeding, probably like you have too. It’s just that you happened to eat an extra bowl of bitch-flakes this morning, giving you some holier-than-thou complex that made you the judge, jury, and executioner. So congratulations. You win the Internet shaming award. And you, being the problem, should change your ways. Oh, and while you’re at it, take down that picture of their vehicle, or at least blur out their license plate. You’re acting like a two-year-old, and shaming doesn’t work. Here’s why.
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One Behavior Separates the Massively Productive from the Disorganized and Overwhelmed (Sun, 27 Oct 2019)
It’s a terrible feeling. Being exhausted from a day of constant activity but without a sense of accomplishment. You move from task to task, keeping busy, but never really making progress. As if exhaustion weren’t enough, overwhelm hovers overhead. Even when you finish a task. Even after you head home for the night. That overwhelm is the last thing you think of before falling to sleep. It’s the first thing you think of upon waking. It just might be the biggest source of stress in your life. You’ve tried many life hacks and productivity tips. Like aspirin, they offer some temporary relief. But this sense of overwhelm isn’t a minor headache; it’s a goddamn knife in your brain that leaves you constantly wondering how you’re going to get it all done, or whether you’ll ever get ahead. It’s time you took the knife out and felt a sense of relief.
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What the Most Productive Countries in the World Have In Common (Mon, 14 Oct 2019)
If I asked you which country was the most productive in the world, what would you say? ⠀ Japan? America? ⠀ Those were my answers, but they’re not even in the top 5. ⠀ Every year, Expert Markets study the productivity of countries around the globe. Their measurement stick, however, isn’t hours worked per week. ⠀ Rather, they calculate hours worked divided into income generated toward the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). In other words, how much dough the average citizen earns per hour of effort. ⠀ Which makes sense.
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The 9 Best Writing Tips I Learned From a 7 Day Writing Challenge With the Worlds Top Blogging Expert (Mon, 30 Sep 2019)
When Medium curators distributed my article into the Productivity category, and when a publication called The Startup distributed that same article to over 500k subscribers, it reinforced my belief that Jon Morrow is the worlds top blogging expert. If you don't know of Jon Morrow, he's the founder and chief writer on SmartBlogger.com, and he's wildly successful. I read pretty much anything Jon Morrow writes, and buy pretty much anything he has to sell. Jon has proven to me, through countless blogs and paid courses, that he's the real deal. His writing is spot on, his advice is practical and immediately useful, and he seems to know every pain point a writer like me faces in running a writing-based business. So when he offered his Write a Kick-Ass Blog Post writing challenge in which he and his staff of pro bloggers would walk challengers through writing an article in one week for—get this—$10, purchasing it was a no-brainer. Over 600 others thought the same. We set out on a journey to write a list-post from scratch in 7 days. Every step of the way—from idea to outline to introduction to content to closing—Jon and his team read our work and gave us invaluable feedback. Here are some of the best things I learned.
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What Einstein’s Most Famous Equation Says About Maximizing Your Productivity (Fri, 27 Sep 2019)
In 1905, Albert Einstein showed us that time, energy, mass, and speed are intertwined. The faster you move, the more energy you need. The faster you move, the slower time passes for you. The faster you move, the more your mass increases. Reaching maximum speed, the speed of light, would require an infinite amount of energy and would mind-bogglingly, for you, bring time to a halt. His formula, E=mc^2 mathematically describes how these principles apply to our physical world. But the concepts ring true for our daily life too. Bust your ass too hard, and you’ll fall into bed exhausted. Bust your ass for too long, and seconds will feel like minutes. Bust your ass for too hard and too long, and you’ll feel as though you need an infinite amount of energy to go on. The “weight” of your work will become unbearable. You’ll burn out, falling to ground zero (or below). You don’t think of Einstein’s equation while at work, but you feel the ramifications of overdoing it. You know deep down which tasks suck your energy and which tasks recharge it. And you instinctively know when it’s time to call it a day. As it turns out, these feelings are key to maintaining the intricate balance between Einsteins four variables—time, speed, mass, and energy—which in turn is the key to becoming maximally productive.
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The 7 Best Ways to Hustle Hard, Stay Productive, and Still Sleep Like a Baby Every Night (Wed, 25 Sep 2019)
It’s overwhelming, isn’t it? The constant hustle. The endless grind. The relentless push to overachieve. Every other social media post seems to have some self-improvement quote floating over a well-dressed celebrity, hustle-guilting you into working harder. They tell us to never stop, never surrender. They tell us to wake up at 5 am, exercise, side-hustle for a few hours, then put in a full workday and side-some hustle some more before hitting the sack.
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The Unsexy Way to Make Massive Progress Toward Your Goals (Mon, 23 Sep 2019)
They finally got three outs. After 45 minutes of disappointing hit after hit, the opponents’ pitcher finally ended the inning by picking off our third base runner. The runner wasn’t upset. Our team of 10 and 11-year-old boys had scored an impressive 15 runs in the bottom of the third inning completely dominating the opponent and going on to win by eight points. Two things about this score were surprising: One, we lost against the same team in a walk-off hit just an hour earlier. And two, out of seventeen plays that inning, only one was a home run.
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19 Tiny Office Changes to Make Work Drastically More Productive (Thu, 19 Sep 2019)
You are only as productive as your environment. So let’s get your main work environment, your office, as productive as possible. Here are 19 tiny changes (with affiliate links to products that I’ve personally used to enhance my productivity) that can do exactly that. Try one, or try them all. The more changes, the more you’ll find you have the clarity, focus, time, and energy to work on what matters.
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3 Simple Steps To Stay On Track When You’re In a Tired, Unmotivated Funk (Mon, 16 Sep 2019)
Maybe it was just because it was Monday. Maybe my weekend was too hectic. Maybe it was because my kid woke me up three times: once to complain that he couldn’t sleep, once to tell me his stomach hurt, and another to puke. Whatever it was, I stumbled out of bed feeling like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich marinated in a bag of Nickelodeon gak, trampled by a herd of bison, and left out in the sun to dry. A glance at my calendar told me that I had more meetings than a millipede has legs giving me one and only one time to exercise, one and only one time to write an article, and zero times to take a seven-hour nap (which is the only thing I was contemplating doing). Today was gearing up to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
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What Neuroscience Says on Why Self Improvement is So Effing Hard (and What to Do About It) (Fri, 13 Sep 2019)
Everything you do, or experience, or think is affected by the expectations you already have. Take your arms, for example. With both arms intact, your brain works swimmingly. It sends signals to your limbs, they move, they provide feedback, and your brain breathes a sigh of relief that the cycle is complete. When you expect your arm to move and it does, your expectations are fulfilled. All is well. But if one arm were missing, this feedback loop doesn’t close. A variety of sensations, including pain, can follow. In a fascinating book Phantoms in the Brain, Dr. Ramachandran explores the world of neuroscience through people who have lost a limb. Patients experienced phantom sensations in an extremity that no longer existed; some as simple as a fleeting tickle, others as irritating as an un-itchable itch and, in the worst of cases, pain. The patient’s brain, having sent a signal to the missing limb, would expect a response. Without receiving one, its neural pathways would get confused, causing severe phantom pain where none should be possible. Ouch. Or take relationships, for example.
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