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Steve Schlafman

Exec coach. Writer. Student of Change.

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#011: Acceptance as Change

Hello from the Catskills. I wasn’t expecting to write this issue from upstate New York, but I was thrown several curve balls the past two weeks. A few days before Thanksgiving, my eldest daughter, Faye, tested positive for COVID, and the two of us separated from my wife and

#011: Acceptance as Change
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#010: The Ultimate Annual Review

Happy Friday from Stone Ridge, NY. My family and I are spending the week up here, and I’m so excited to be out of the city—there’s nowhere else I’d rather be than up in the Catskills. While I’m on break, I plan to spend hours

#010: The Ultimate Annual Review
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#009: Turning Points

Hello from Manhattan. Our newborn, Flo, is now smiling, tracking movements, and looking at her hands. I love seeing her consciousness come online and her personality begin to emerge. She’s changing a little bit every day, and I’m grateful that I’m able to witness this transformation and

#009: Turning Points
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#008: Starting a Solo Lifestyle Business

Hello from Tribeca. I spent the first half of the week upstate with my family, enjoying peak foliage and the crisp autumn air. Seeing red, orange and yellow dot the mountains never gets old, and reminds me of playing in piles of leaves as a kid in New England. Transition

#008: Starting a Solo Lifestyle Business
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Rethinking Ambition

“Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.” –John Lubbock, The Use Of Life Ambition is a polarizing word these days. On the heels of the Great Resignation, think

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#007: Changing Our Minds

Hello from New York City. I returned to work this week after a wonderful and memorable six-week paternity leave. Rather than jumping in with both feet and sprinting hard towards a few projects I’m excited about, I’m taking my time and easing back into things. This way, I

#007: Changing Our Minds
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How Did You End Up Here?

Today I turn 43. Each October in the days leading up to my birthday, I carve out time to reflect on the changes I made, what I’ve learned, and who I’ve become in the past year. This isn’t as intensive as my annual review process, but it’

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#006: The $10,000 Hat

Hello from Stone Ridge, NY. Before paternity leave comes to an end, my family and I managed to escape the city for a week to enjoy the beginning of fall, my favorite season. I’m a different person when I’m upstate surrounded by woods. I could feel my nervous

#006: The $10,000 Hat
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#005: Ambition Shifts

Good morning, and greetings from New York City! Our newborn, Flo, just turned two weeks old and we’re still getting used to our new life with two kids. Most importantly, she and mama are healthy, and everything has gone as well as we could have hoped. We’re so

#005: Ambition Shifts
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#004: A Symphony of Parts Anticipating Change

The baby has arrived! On Tuesday night, Florence Ruby Schlafman entered the world and joined our family. Flo and mama are doing great. We’re already sleep deprived but madly in love 💕 When I wrote this earlier in the week, I was still sitting in sitting in the liminal space

#004: A Symphony of Parts Anticipating Change