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Personal Mission: Best Person I Can Be. Best Work I Can Offer.

Personal Vision: Decrease suffering and increase happiness for myself and others.

Personal Values: Loving-kindness, compassion, gratitude, sympathetic joy, equanimity, curiosity, and creativity.

Personal Strategies & Systems: Ongoing, intersecting, daily practices of mindfulness, health, learning, and vocation.

Obstacles With Which I Sometimes Grapple: Shame, anxiety, imposter syndrome, and anger, particularly regarding choices that have hurt others; a lifelong struggle with OCD; experiencing or observing bullying or manipulation; and the urgency to fulfill my potential.

John M. DeMarco is a writer, executive coach, and activist based in Nashville, Tennessee.