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Pssst! Want to Hear a Secret?… The Secrets of Success Are Dull and Boring

And what is more, you probably already know them! You just aren’t doing them! Why? Well, there are also lots of “secrets of success”; each…

5 Simple Steps That Virtually Guarantee Success (Yet Few Do Consistently)

Goals: Written, Specific, backed up by Action Plans with Deadlines/Accountability Checkpoints; Reviewed Regularly to ensure what YOU want, reflect YOUR passions, not social/parental/peer programing. Yes,…

Expect Unexpected Opportunity

Truth is, what most call luck is really most often the intersection of opportunity with preparation. Inadequate preparation? Luck goes on to knock at another’s…

OCP=OR

We have a saying at my company: “Our Customer’s Perception is Our Reality.” (OCP=OR) Each one of us sees the world differently and when it…

We are Made for More than the Easy Road

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice your gift” and “The best we can be, we must be” are two quotes that…

Always Look Under the Hood

The literal meaning of “look under the hood” comes from the process of buying a used car and refers to the importance not merely going…

How Clean is Your Mirror?

How well do you know you? When you look inside yourself, how close to 20/20 is your vision? Do you see yourself clearly? As others…

Eight Powerful and Very Learnable Traits of Highly Confident People

They are voracious learners Insatiably curious, confident people continuously seek out new knowledge, ask intelligent, interesting questions, and listen to the answers. As lifelong learners,…

Success in 24 Simple Sentences

Surround yourself with things that lift you up, that call to out to the best in you. Believe in yourself; someone must win: Ask “Why…

Take Good Notes

If you want to pass a class in school, you take good notes. Makes sense that if you want to learn the lessons of life,…

Seeking Failure

Why would anyone seek failure? Well, absent situations with catastrophic consequences (packing your parachute?), failure often contains valuable feedback, lessons that can form the foundation…

The ABC’s of Success

Access your Best Self. This requires taking the time to KNOW yourself, developing both your EQ (emotional intelligence) and wisely exploring a wide range of…

The Results in Your Life Reflect Your Level of Awareness

As your awareness grows, so too does your ability to direct your thoughts, to master your mind, align your emotions with your goals and values…

A Thought-Provoking Question

A Team Member asked me the other day what they needed to do to get promoted. In the moment, I couldn’t come up with anything…

Two Lies Leaders Should Never Tell Themselves

Lie #1: “I’ve unique stress others don’t so understandable if I…” Even if the first part of the statement is true, the second is definitely…

The First Step

I want to live a good life and I also want to live the good life and while they are definitely related, there is a…

Three High Leverage Psychological Skills Happy People Cultivate

A Love of Learning is one of the highest leverage habits one can adopt for it strengthens and supports all other areas of your life.…

Five Different Things Successful People Do that Others Don’t

#1 Successful people are possibility thinkers. They believe in themselves and in others and their ability to make things happen. They do not accept the…

Three Simple Rules To Put You in the Top 10%

Live Smart Avoid Dumb Don’t Sabotage That’s it! Rather straightforward, right? However, like many things, principles aren’t that complicated, it’s the day-to-day application that gets…

Leaders are NOT Problem Solvers

This may be heresy to some traditional thinkers, but the primary role of a leader is NOT to be a problem solver per se but…

Directed Learning Beats Drifting and Dreaming

When I interview folks for a managerial or leadership position, I frequently ask about their preferred learning style. “Hands on” is the most frequent answer.…

Are You Paying Attention?

Our moods and emotions are not random. They generally spring not so much from what happens in our life but rather how we interpret them.…

If You Are Standing Still, You Are Running Backward

To live your best life, continuously strive to improve your skills, broaden your knowledge, revise your internal maps, challenge your comfort zone. Talent is just…

Paths to Apatheia

Apatheia in Stoic philosophy is a calm state of mind where one’s composure is not disrupted by negative emotions. It is most assuredly not indifference…

Three Mind Tricks of the Super Successful

Desire is far, far more powerful than discipline. If it is what you truly want, you will blow through virtually any obstacle to get there.…

The Faster You Run, the Behinder You Get: Why Telling Doesn’t Work

We all try to be efficient and offer good advice; when we see a problem, we offer solutions, earnestly trying to help. But what if…

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