How to Become a Natural at Crossing Cultures
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Becoming A Natural…When I Wasn’t At First Just this morning I took a moment to review my week. I gave some good thought to how I had spent my time. … Read More

Yes, you can. Be present, be helpful, be brave!
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TRIBE Conference calls us to our better selves. To be present, helpful and brave. This was the call Jeff Goins, founder of Tribe Writers and Tribe Conference, put out to … Read More

On The Roads Of Jakarta I Discover A Metaphor For Life
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Jakarta Dance They move to and fro, in an invisibly coordinated dance. Cars, motorbikes, trucks and buses, moving in a rhythm and cadence that at once appear both choreographed and … Read More

How To Learn From the Locals To Avoid Disaster
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When traveling or living abroad, it pays to sharpen your attention & learn from the locals. Here’s an amusing true story where my brothers Scott, Ray, and I learned this … Read More

Who Are The Heroes That Inspire You?
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Are you into collecting heroes for inspiration? I am. We can be inspired by people older and younger than us. One very cool thing about “hero collection” is it never … Read More

What Happens When You Choose “Yes?” Pizza, Pepsi & Pakistanis!
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I had to choose. This time, my choice might be a consequential one. The invitation arrived the Thursday before the Sunday event, in a Facebook message ending in a smiley face. … Read More

How Can You Overcome Yourself? Take an (Unexpected) Hike!
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My wife and I enjoy getting out into the wilderness for a hike. We have always loved the feeling of cresting a hill and looking down on a beautiful mountain … Read More

A Billion People Can’t Be Wrong: Just Dance!
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We can learn so much as we dance through the changing seasons of our lives. Such was the case for our Chinese friend, Da Chun. It had been five years since … Read More

Sumo: Is it all about Fat Guys?
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Sports are important in all cultures. For most of the world football (called soccer in the U.S.) is king. Many cultures, however, have their own national pastimes. The Japanese, for … Read More

3 Cultures Meet at a (Coffee) Bar: Understanding the Definitions
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Cross-Cultural runs into MultiCultural and they go get a coffee together. While imbibing their brew, InterCultural spies them from afar. They invite her to pull up a chair to their … Read More

Just a Little Story about Culture, Destiny, Faith…and Coffee
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I settled into the seat at the coffee shop next to them, intending to focus on my work for the next hour and a half. At least, that’s what I … Read More

East meets West in Song
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The sound man was the epitome of “cool.” His hair was pulled back in a ponytail with a stylish cap turned backward on his head. He prepared to help us record … Read More