An Introduction to Forgiveness

Most our life has been spent sorting out what things have value and what things don’t. Friendships, jobs, things we buy, people we meet—we’re constantly evaluating whether our time, our money, and our effort is going to be well-spent and whether it’s a good long-term investment...
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Is the Value Really There?

Most our life has been spent sorting out what things have value and what things don’t. Friendships, jobs, things we buy, people we meet—we’re constantly evaluating whether our time, our money, and our effort is going to be well-spent and whether it’s a good long-term investment...
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Breaking Out of the Comfort Zone

Think about your biggest accomplishment, the last time you did something really hard or an event that pushed you to the next level. There is a good chance that doing any of those things forced you to leave your comfort zone...
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The #1 Tool for Tossing Trash

Whether it's at a workshop or a keynote speech or an inquiry from our website, there's one question that folks always ask us: What is the #1 best way to get rid of the garbage in your life? Here's the answer: Start noticing what's floating through your mind. Think about what's in your head right now: Decades of...
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Chocolate Chip Cookies: The Perfect Garbage Metaphor

I decided to make my father a batch of chocolate chip cookies yesterday. I creamed the butter, sugar, and maple syrup, then added in the flour and baking soda. I tried using a spoon to mix everything together, but after a couple of minutes, I wasn't making any progress. There was only one option if I wanted really...
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What to Do When Life Throws Garbage at You

Life is a lot of things, but one thing it is not is fair. You play by the rules, you keep your garbage in check, and one day, you find yourself hammered by a situation that is pure, 100% trash—and you did nothing to deserve it. That's the truth about garbage. It never stops coming, no matter how nice of a person you ...
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Why Recycling is a Waste of Time

Let's say a friend sends you an email about a really great job opening. Excited, you click the link and start reading the job description. Never mind that you have ninety percent of the skills they're looking for. Your mind goes straight to the one area where you fall short. Pretty soon, an old familiar voice starts whisper....
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Routes, Goals and Garbage

The cornerstone of a garbageman's work is his route. Every day, as he drives his truck through streets and alleys, he learns the subtleties of his journey: where to make right turns, what times are better than others, how to nudge the truck through traffic. While he has a goal—get all the trash picked up by the....
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Cerebral Spring Cleaning

Every season creates its own garbage. Fall has its leaves. Spring has scores of blossom petals. As we move from childhood to middle age to retirement, each of these "seasons" of life also produces trash: thoughts, beliefs, and opinions about everything from how we look to how we fit into this crazy world....
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How Breaking My Arms Got Me Into College

From the beginning of my senior year, I commuted to a neighboring high school to take Advanced Placement courses that my own school did not offer. I was willing to do whatever was necessary to get into college, so the hour commute on my loud, uncomfortable motorcycle was worth it to me. One chilly...
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How to Trash Your Career

If you want to advance your career, I highly recommend you surround yourself with garbage. Here's why. In 2001, I was working out of my house in Forest Heights. I had just started a company that made on-board computers and analytic software for garbage trucks. We were ready to ship our first hundred units...
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The Unconscious Connection

We came across the term "unconscious connection" recently and it really captures what we do here at The Garbageman's Guide. Think about your closet. You can see if it's full of clothes that have no more value to you. That kind of clutter is tangible. You can literally hold it in your hands. Now look inside your mind...
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How a Broken Heart Can Increase Your Property Value

Ten years ago, if you had looked up the word "bachelor," you would have found my picture next to the definition. Thanks to unresolved ghosts from my childhood and family expectations that I'd marry the "right" woman, I had a better chance of getting struck by lightening than finding a bride. So imagine my...
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A Tribute to Sam Berns

Last week, the world lost someone very special. Sam Berns, a 17-year-old with a rare premature aging disease called Progeria, died from complications of his condition, Reuters reported. Sam packed a lot of life in his short time with us. He was a subject of an HBO documentary on his condition. He was a very...
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Why Thoughts Smell

Here's one of those unavoidable facts of life: Garbage stinks. Whether it's the can in your kitchen or the big one fermenting in the garage, trash reeks. Thank goodness for that. That smell is like a built-in alarm. One whiff and you know it's time to get rid of it. Trash also lives in our heads: all those thoughts, beliefs...
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Why the Holidays Have No Value

Recently, we took a long, hard look at the holiday season. We've always had lofty expectations of what this time of year should to be like: cool gifts, legendary parties, and that coveted, down-home It's a Wonderful Life coziness. Then, the actual holiday season shows up and we run into excessive giving...
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Why Dumping Trash Matters

Why bother dumping trash? It's a valid question. These are tough times. Money is tight. Jobs are hard to come by. It's difficult to make ends meet. Mental trash is a soft topic that won't put bread on the table. Those are all true statements. However, what we think dictates how we act. If you're convinced that life...
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