Thomas McGreevy

We Love Our Servitude

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“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution” – Aldous Huxley, 1961 I don’t think Huxley…read more

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An Inciting Incident

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“Without an inciting incident that disrupts their comfort, they won’t enter into a story. They have to get fired from their job or be forced to sign up for a marathon.  A ring has to be purchased.  A home has to be sold.  The character has to jump into the story, into the discomfort and the fear, otherwise the story will never happen.” – Donald Miller We have become so good at preventing and avoiding inciting incidents that we all but eliminate any chance of entering a meaningful story.  I…read more

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Your Queen is Dying

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“our schools, our systems, our retirement things, our taxes are all built around this notion of doing what you’re told, and now we don’t know what to do”  Seth Godin Several years ago I hired an exterminator to get rid of the carpenter ants that were eating the house I was living in.  He sprinkled some poison around the outside of the house, the kind of poison that when the ants carry it back to the nest it kills most of the colony.  When he stopped back at a later…read more

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Living a Good Story

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“The truth is, if what we choose to do with our lives won’t make a story meaningful, it won’t make a life meaningful either” – Donald Miller So imagine you’ve gone out to the movies with someone special and when the previews are over and the show starts you realize that the movie you’ve chosen is your own life story.  Aside from your own innate desire to reminisce, would it be worth watching?  Would there be enough conflict?  Does the protagonist have things that she wants badly enough to go…read more

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Forgetting

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“I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:12b-14 It’s nice to know that even the Apostle Paul was intimately acquainted with having distance between himself and his destination.  When…read more

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Performance in the Corporate System

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Why don’t you hear about the use of performance enhancing drugs in the corporate world?  I’m sure there are substances that could be used to temporarily improve a person’s cognitive function or at least enhance their overall capability.  As we know, the use of performance enhancing drugs is a huge problem in professional sports… but you don’t see the same thing in the corporate environment.  I think I know why.  When you enhance a person’s capability you get more of what they were built to do or you get it…read more

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A Normal Life?

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Is a normal life enough?  Just about every commercial on television celebrates it as if it’s worthy of pursuit.  Whether you’re just a football fan, or a guy who drinks beer while grilling meat, or a soccer mom/dad, or a person with a perfect lawn, or the owner of a sporty car, it’s all presented as if it’s enough… “it’s normal” “these are the things that life is made of”.  Have you ever gone to the funeral of a person who lived a normal life?  It’s depressing.  There is nothing…read more

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Fight for that Inch

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“The inches we need are everywhere around us. They are in every break of the game, every minute, every second. On this team, we fight for that inch. On this team, we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch.” – Al Pachino (Any Given Sunday) What would it be like to live a life filled with things that are worth fighting for?  As I was typing that last sentance I realized my folly.  My life is filled with…read more

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Does it Bring Life

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Take a look at your life.  Take a look at the things you have going on, the things you spend your time on, and the things you put your effort into.  If you’re like me, some of it is there for all the wrong reasons.   Just because it’s sanctioned doesn’t mean it’s good. Just because you decided 20 years ago that it was good, doesn’t mean it’s still good. Just because it is widely accepted (i.e. all your peers are doing it) doesn’t mean it’s good. Just because it…read more

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Bring Your True Self

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“So you bring your true self to the work, your unadulterated effort, without negative self-talk and the sanding off of the interesting edges. Instead of compromise, you bring us vision.” – Seth Godin That’s it.  You either spend your effort modifying yourself (and your work) so that you get the response that you want (and avoid the one you dread), or you bring your true self to it.  You can’t do both.  You can’t be yourself and also give them what they want.  You’ll just have to face the risk.  Of…read more

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