A Devastating Disease You’ve Never Heard Of

Atherosclerosis is the progressive build up of plaque, fatty deposits, and other cells in the walls of your arteries causing them to harden. This horrible disease is the leading cause of coronary heart disease and stroke, which were responsible for 602,000 deaths in 2004 — more than 25% of all deaths in the United States. Each year about 1.2 million Americans are diagnosed with coronary heart disease and about 700,000 people suffer a stroke. As staggering as these statistics are, I believe that an even greater percentage of people around the world suffer from a cousin disease called Psychosclerosis. Psychosclerosis is the hardening of the attitude, which causes a person to cease dreaming, seeing, thinking, and leading. It is the hardening of the mind so that we become unteachable: we stop learning and we stop growing. It is the hardening of the heart, which takes away our ability to feel,
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Influence Comes Down to The Three C’s

Have you ever wondered what makes someone influential? Why did people follow Gandhi? Or Martin Luther King Jr.? What makes leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians or salespeople influential? These are the questions I have asked myself for years. In my career I have had a chance to work with and share the stage with some of the greatest influencers in the world and I’ve studied them. I’ve watched their way of being, their interactions, the way they treat people and I’ve tried to understand this elusive quality we call influence. The great thing that I’ve discovered about influence is that it comes down to just three things. More importantly though, these are things that we control. So if you want to be more influential, then work on improving the three C’s. – Character – Competence – Communication 1st C – Character Billionaire John Huntsman once said, “There are no moral shortcuts in
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How To Overcome Procrastination

Benjamin Franklin said, “You may delay, but time will not.” All of us at times are guilty of procrastination. We put things off, and delay the inevitable. The word procrastinate actually means to move something forward to another day. It reminds me of a story about a WWII veteran. He was looking in his attic one day and saw his old army duffle bag. He opened it up and decided to put on his uniform. The uniform was a little tighter than it once was but he looked in the mirror and remembered the feeling of being a soldier out on the battlefield. When he reached in his pocket he felt something and he pulled out a claim ticket. It was for a pair of shoes that he dropped off to be fixed years ago. The shoe repair store was still in business, so he decided to go and see,
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Reflections & Projections

Many of you know I celebrated my birthday last Saturday. I turned 30. Turning 30 really caused me to reflect on the last decade and what I have been able to accomplish and contribute and to set new goals for the decade ahead. So this post is a bit personal, but my purpose is two fold: 1. I want to thank you for being part of my life in the last 10 years. 2. I want to share my goals with you so that you will hold me accountable. I want to start by saying that I feel like 30 is just the beginning. I am excited about the next ten years and the people I am going to be able to learn from, grow with and help with my message. The last ten years have been amazing. I want to thank you for whatever part in that you played.
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A Communication Lesson From Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most recognized comedians in the world. In the early 90s it was Jerry’s comedy that spearheaded the popularity of observational humor. Here are a few of his funny observations: • According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy. • I was the best man at the wedding. If I’m the best man, why is she marrying him? • It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper. Jerry is a great comedian and a great communicator and he taught a great lesson on communication when he said, “I will spend an hour taking an eight word
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