The 49 Best Lessons 2017 Taught Me

As 2017 comes to a close, I hope you spend some time reflecting on what you’ve learned this year and mapping out how to make 2018 even better. I saw this list from author Robin Sharma and thought it was worth sharing. 1. Hard work is a force multiplier. 2. Finding 30 minutes to be still and silent is one of productivity’s finest rewards. 3. Exercising for 20 minutes first thing in the morning is a total needle-mover. 4. If you’re not innovating daily, you’re on the path to obsolescence. 5. Once you decide to do something in your pro or private life, go all in. 6. Procrastination is an escape mechanism for people scared to do their best work. 7. Give your customers x25 the value they expect and they’ll tell everyone they know about you. 8. Don’t do it if you’re not having fun. Let joy be your
Continue Reading

Push Through With Passion

I am sure there is a goal that you are passionate about. Something that you are pursuing with all of your heart. What is it? Is it your business? The relationship of your dreams? Weight loss? Most people think that passion is just enthusiasm for what you are doing, and it is that, but there is more to it. Even though you focus on what you love, it does not mean it is always going to be without challenge. The word passion originated in the 12th Century, originally used by Christian scholars who were describing the suffering of Christ. Passion is more than just love; it is willing suffering for something that you love. It is when the feeling in your heart supersedes the challenge that lies in front of you. A family friend recently went through a kidney transplant because his body had rejected his own. He explained to
Continue Reading

3 Ways to Create Staying Power as a Leader

My thoughts lately have been on the need for leaders to become and stay relevant. Relevancy creates staying power, but it requires constant vigilance. I read an article recently where Vince Molinari shared three ways that leaders become irrelevant. These can be the things that cause the downfall of many leaders. 1)     You Believe You Arrived:  When leaders achieve a certain level of success they wrongly conclude that they’ve made it. That they have arrived. This can lead a leader to starting coasting. Then one day you realize you no longer matter in your organization. Your ideas don’t resonate with others. You stop being invited to important meetings. To have enduring staying power means understanding that leadership is an unending journey – you never arrive. You must constantly challenge yourself both in how you think about leadership and the way in which you lead, no matter what level of success you have
Continue Reading

Mastermind Takeaways

This week I spent a day with my mastermind group. Don Yaeger (11 time NYT Bestselling Author and incredible speaker). Ruby Newell-Legner (Former President of The National Speakers Association who helps professional sports teams create an incredible fan experience) Chad Hymas (Hall of Speaker and quadriplegic World Record Holder) We have been friends for years, we get on the phone often, and once a year we get together in person. These are three of my favorite people in the world, three incredibly successful speakers and smart business owners. Here are 5 of the key takeaways I took away from our mastermind meeting this year and they are more about relationships: – All distractions are equal – If you need help, ask directly for what you need – Assume that people have the best intentions – People like to work with busy people – When everyone tells you that you are
Continue Reading