Be careful how you interpret the world: It is like that. - Erich Heller


It's a funny thing
How we look at the world
How we decide
How we know
Without a doubt
That we're right
And they are wrong

It's interesting
Don't you think?
To watch
To observe
To wonder
What makes people tick

Their actions
Our actions
Aren't we all
Just figuring it out?

My perspective
Your perspective
It's a choice
It's a coat
A hat
A pair of shoes
That we put on

The sadness
The frustration
The victimhood
When we are stuck
Stuck in our outfits

This is the time
To try on something new
Wear someone else's shoes
Put on a different hat
Try on a new coat

You'll be surprised
By what you learn
About them
About me
About you

by Ken Carlson
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You asked for it! Our First Downtown Chicago Event

June 2nd
Danger High Voltage Living Your Most Powerful Life
Nia Mediterranean
803 W Randolph
11:30 to 1:00 PM

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May 25th
LinkedIn 101 for GOA Hands On Practical Demonstration of the Basics of Using LinkedIn for Your Business Belvedere Banquets,
Elk Grove Village
7:30 to 9:30 AM
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May 26th
Jump Start Your Authentic Journey
Bringing Fulfillment and Balance to Our Crazy Lives
Lunch 'n Learn--Brown Bag
Whole Foods Market--Schaumburg
12:00 to 12:30 PM
Details here!


Authentic Development Workshop Series

June 16th

Gusty Winds on Bridge

The Only Way to the Life You Want is Through the Dangerous Winds of Change

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June 30th

Steep Grade Ahead
Grow Fast by Focusing on Your Strengths

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Lucky Monk Restaurant

South Barrington

11:30 AM -1:00 PM

$20 Includes Lunch &
60 minute workshop

From the Blog: Do You Smell Something?

So, what’s the stench in your life? The one you don’t notice? What’s the fragrance in your life—the one that only other people smell?

Think of it this way. Have you ever come back from vacation and noticed the odor of your house? I’m not talking about forgetting to take out the garbage—I’m talking about that special smell that other people know as the fragrance of your home but you rarely smell because it is yours.

You also have a way of looking at life that is uniquely yours—or unique to your community. That smell or odor or fragrance—whatever you label it—that’s a piece of you. That’s your perspective on life.

Once upon a time—not long ago—my odor contained quite a bit of judgment of others, better than-ness, and self-righteousness. I wouldn’t be surprised if the odor still lingers although I am working hard to exchange it for inclusivity, friendship, and authenticity.

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Have You Seen Us in Action? Workshops All Over the City!

Authentic Development is being asked to do workshops all over the city. We already have nine events on our schedule for May and June. The next one is next Wednesday morning in Elk Grove as we're doing a workshop with Variegated Marketing on LinkedIn 101. Please check out our website for details and come join us. We believe in interactive learning and non-stop fun! Details here!
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