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It Depends Where You Look

Not everyone will treat you with respect.  Most people don't follow the golden rule.  People lie, cheat and steal without regard to how their actions may impact others.  Some people will use you as a stepping stone to get ahead in life and then push you to the curb and sometimes, you do everything right and things still don't go your way.  When it comes down to it, life is challenging and it often appears … Continue reading It Depends Where You Look

My second book is finally published and ready for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't believe it is finally here.  The day has come where my second book, Secrets from Strangers: Life Changing Lessons I Learned Through A Valuable Perspective, is published!  This book and all of the life changing secrets it shares, is available on Amazon Prime!  I also offer special discount pricing for signed copies and those of you looking to purchase multiple copies in my online store (discount codes at bottom of this post)! Click … Continue reading My second book is finally published and ready for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just Take A Step

We teach ourselves a very important lesson as babies without even realizing it.  We crawl until we learn to walk.  We walk until we learn to run.  We run until we learn to sprint.  Regardless of how ugly our first steps may have been, without them we would never learn to walk, run or sprint.   I  know that once set my sights on something, that's it.  It doesn't matter how long it takes, I … Continue reading Just Take A Step

Fear Is Real

The old cliche that "fear is not real" has never sat well with me because I couldn't disagree more.  Fear is very real and it's everywhere.  It can accompany a lot of the obstacles that we face throughout our lives and make overcoming those obstacles that much more challenging.  Fear can bring even the strongest people to their knees but can also be molded into a powerful tool if we decide to face it head … Continue reading Fear Is Real

I don’t want to fit in.

I spent the better portion of my teenage years like so many others trying to fit in with the crowd.  I chased the newest trends and as they changed, so did I.  I wanted approval from my peers and I wanted to be right in the middle of the crowd.  Now I want the exact opposite.  What changed?  I realized the value in being unique. I realized that I don't want to fit in.  I … Continue reading I don’t want to fit in.

The Fourth Principle: Willpower to Change

TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. Motivate.  Inspire.  Grow.  Willpower to change   As rational human beings we can easily become intimidated by the thought of change.  We become comfortable with what we know and that often leads to complacency in the continuation of what comes easy to us.  For most of us, the thought of taking risks to explore anything new can be challenging and anxiety producing.  That is where the fourth principle of TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. takes over; … Continue reading The Fourth Principle: Willpower to Change

The Third Principle: Obstacles vs. Opportunities

TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. Motivate.  Inspire.  Grow.  Obstacles Vs. Opportunities   The third principle of TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. requires a willingness to embrace a new perspective on the value that obstacles and opportunities can bring to our lives.  Instead of viewing these two core principles as polar opposite, TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. integrates them both together for maximum effect.   Instinctually, we view obstacles as negative challenges instead of building blocks to a stronger version of ourselves.  The only difference … Continue reading The Third Principle: Obstacles vs. Opportunities

It’s Easy to Blame Others

Motivate. Inspire. Grow. It is easy to cast blame when things don't go our way.  We blame everything around us when we are not in the position we want to be in throughout life.  Especially those of us in my generation who have embraced this mentality that if we fall, it must be because someone else tripped us.  We struggle to accept the true value that self-accountability can bring to our lives. I myself, lived … Continue reading It’s Easy to Blame Others

A lot of people go to school for seven years…

Motivate. Inspire. Grow. One of my favorite movie quotes of all time is from the movie Tommy Boy.  Chris Farley, "Tommy", barely skates through his final exam and graduates college and when David Spade "Richard" picks him up from the airport Tommy says, "A lot of people go to school for seven years" with Richard replying "Yea, they're called doctors!" Maybe this quote is just that funny or maybe I like it because it hits close … Continue reading A lot of people go to school for seven years…

The First Principle of TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H.

Motivate. Inspire. Grow. TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. G. Good People: The first step towards development and growth comes with the understanding that life is the ultimate team sport. Surround yourself with good people and the opportunities are endless. As we create aspirations for our future, we must identify those who will help keep us on our path. As strong as we believe we are as individuals, we are exponentially stronger together. Whether we are running a business, … Continue reading The First Principle of TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H.

Ask yourself…”why”?

Chasing accomplishments is a never ending journey if we fail to realize why we started on that journey in the first place.  The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to realize the truth in this.  We establish our resolutions and often fail to realize why they are important to us.  We set out for higher paying jobs, better relationships, healthier lifestyles and bigger houses - but why? Why do we want the … Continue reading Ask yourself…”why”?

Spotlight or shadow?

Life is about challenging ourselves today in a way we never thought possible yesterday. It's about setting goals that scare us.  Some people are ok with minor improvements throughout their lives and honestly, there is nothing wrong with that. Some people are more comfortable living in the shadows and blending in with the crowd - but that's not me. Put me smack in the middle of the spotlight.  My flaws and all. Put the pressure … Continue reading Spotlight or shadow?

Bend don’t break…

It sucks that life doesn't always go our way.  It also sucks that as soon as we take life in stride, obstacles suddenly appear to slow us down.  But maybe they aren't there to slow us down but rather to make sure we don't become complacent.  To ensure that we don't take life for granted and we don't lose sight of where we were headed.  To remind us of how strong we actually are and … Continue reading Bend don’t break…

What sets your soul on fire?

Take a moment and ask yourself; what is it in your life that you are beyond passionate about?  It's not an easy question to answer, and if it is, you likely answered it wrong.  I am not talking about what makes you happy, like going to the gym, or your job, but I mean the true reason you wake up every day.  What is it that lights that fuse every morning for you to leave … Continue reading What sets your soul on fire?

Is being “too kind” as a leader a bad thing?

A few years ago, during my time in the Army, one of my fellow soldiers told me that my biggest flaw as a leader was that I wore my heart on my sleeve.  He told me that people take advantage of people like me because I trust to easily and that's a bad thing.  I will never forget that day because he went on to tell me that I would never be a good leader … Continue reading Is being “too kind” as a leader a bad thing?

In such a complex world, simple leadership is often the better choice. Here’s why…

Among the many of father's famous soundbites, lies one of my all-time favorites; Less is More.  I must admit that when hearing this as a kid, I always hoped he meant something like, "less work is better" but unfortunately, he didn't.  What I came to realize over the years was that he meant, "The less complicated you make things, the more you get out of it".  Whether he was talking about his approach to coaching … Continue reading In such a complex world, simple leadership is often the better choice. Here’s why…

Oh how the times have changed for leaders…

Contrary to popular opinion, the millennial generation is full of motivated people who can have profound impacts on the people, places and organizations around them IF they have the right leadership in place to help them succeed.  But most leaders aren't ready to have that conversation.  My experience has shown me that many leaders prefer to make comments about the lack of work ethic and motivation in the millennial generation but those comments are often unfounded. … Continue reading Oh how the times have changed for leaders…

Here’s why leaders don’t need to have all of the answers…

Correct me if I'm wrong but as leaders, we are often unrealistically expected to have the answers to every problem at a moments notice.  Our followers expect us to have an answer to every question, a solution to every problem, and a never ending bounty of knowledge at our disposal whenever they need it. Sound familiar? And in those moments when we respond with "I don't know" it's almost as if the world stops.  How … Continue reading Here’s why leaders don’t need to have all of the answers…

Here’s why authority should NOT be a major component of leadership…

When you think of a leader who's the first person that comes to mind?  Most likely you think of a CEO or a supervisor.  Or maybe the captain of a sports team or someone in government, right?  What about parents, teachers, or your boss at work? Most of your answers are often examples of people with clear authority in a position of power but does that actually mean that they're a leader?  Why is it … Continue reading Here’s why authority should NOT be a major component of leadership…

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