"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful, that's what matters to me."
~Steve Jobs

Stick Shift

My life was on automatic transmission
It's great technology
No need to worry
No thought about how fast my engine was going
It took care of itself

My life has a manual transmission
It's hands on
I'm in tune with my vehicle
Feeling the engine
Feeling the clutch
Do I engage?
When do I brake?

I took the curves 
I came to the stoplight
I waited on the hill
It was all taken care of

There is no rest
Every stoplight
Every curved road
I have to pay attention
Gotta keep my hand on the shifter
Foot near the brake

My sub conscience ran the show
An unexpected curve in my life
I responded without thinking

I live in conscience choice
I choose my life
I choose what gear I am in
I respond in accordance to my desires
What I want for my life

Real Life

It requires engagement
Hands on
by Ken Carlson More poetry here
Authentic Development is Growing!

Grand Opening of Geneva Office on January 24th 

Authentic Development has opened a new office in the heart of downtown Geneva, IL near the corner of State and 3rd.

Join us for free drinks and appetizers on January 24th from 5-7pm at Stockholm's Brew Pub which is directly below us.

Downtown Chicago at The University Club
Authentic Development has also joined The University Club of Chicago which is located across from Millenium Park. 

Contact Ken at 847.873.9559 if you live or work in the city. We'll buy you a drink in the Presidents' Bar or have lunch at the Front Grill. 


Winter Wellness Retreat

February 4th in Geneva, IL

Join us for a much needed day of rejuvenation with Yoga (no experience necessary), Healthy Eating workshop, Discovering Your Truest Life, Qigong meditation, and Soundscape Wellness. 

More details and sign-up here!

From the Blog: What Row Are You In?

So…I'm a recovering achiever. You know the type. The kid that sits in the front row in every class in high school and college. The adult that goes shopping for the perfect shirts and ties for work so the boss is impressed. The never miss a deadline type—even if it means staying up until 3am and getting up at 4am to get back to work. Some of you might have called me a kiss up. Whatever—I got A's and I got promoted. 

I still think sitting in the front row is a good idea. I've got a kid in high school and a kid in college and I would definitely encourage them to sit as close to the front as possible. Why? Because when you sit in the front row you A) have to pay attention and B) you get a much better idea of what is most important to the teacher; we all know that only part of doing well in school is knowing the material—to get A's, you have to know what matters to the teacher.

Somewhere along the way though—I decided that sitting in the front row wasn't giving me everything I wanted in life. It certainly gave me nice paychecks. I got to drive a nice car, live in a nice neighborhood, have nice friends, go to a nice health club. All so very NICE. 

The new question. The one that kept me up at night was this: What was it all costing? 

I could clearly see what I was getting. Stuff. Lots of good stuff. Travel. Fun. Some financial security. A great lifestyle for my wife and kids. The ability to retire at a reasonable age. I was also getting accolades from bosses, my family, and my friends. All good things. 

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What is it that your really want for your own life?

You're ambitious.
You're successful.
It seems you have a pretty good life.
You know though--that everything isn't what it seems.

We tend to do the same things over and over again in our lives expecting different results. We chase the dreams of our 20s only to find in our 40s that none of those things really mattered. What we really wanted was a life of joy. A life of friendship. A life of adventure. 

Instead, we find ourselves living for someone else's idea of a perfect life.

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Coaching changes lives. Coaching will bring you new discoveries. Coaching works! Give us a call or drop us a line. We'd like to provide a kick-ass, fighting for your heart, no holds barred coaching session. We guarantee that you will be called to action on something critical in your life and that call will come directly from inside you.  Learn more...

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