Cultivated Advantage is the Secret to Success

Inspire hearts and change lives...

They’ve got it! It’s noticeable and drips of something you dream of spilling over to you. You can’t put your finger on precisely what it is. But they’ve got it! It’s compelling, captivating and amazingly genuine. Swagger comes to mind, but it’s different. It’s a cool quiet confidence.

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Our first thought may be they possess something that is a secret to be discovered. As a result, we might believe it is untouchable and unattainable because it is a byproduct of elite talent or status. But elite talent does not guarantee it and status only borrows it.

You’ve Gained Wisdom When You Realize Intelligence is Overrated

Why you should choose wisdom

If you could be granted one natural gift what would you choose? What if the choice was between intelligence and wisdom? Being smart is commonly identified as being a key to success. But is smart overrated?

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As a kid were you frequently if ever praised for being wise? I am pretty sure if my parents would have said, “Oh, you are so wise,” I was being called out and being discouraged from whatever “not so smart” remark I had just made. 

What You Are Going to Today Matters

The most powerful legacy building question.

What if what you are working on right now is the most important project or assignment of your career? What if you didn’t know it? The truth is what you are going to do today matters because you are building your legacy.

Peter had proven himself to be the best in the business over the course of his career. He had overseen every important project his company had built for as long as anyone could remember.

Who Lost on Super Bowl Sunday

It's all a matter of perspective!

Do you make too much of stuff that doesn’t really matter? I know I have. How is it that what we embrace as vital, urgent and important at a given moment clouds our perspective on what is truly important?

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This past weekend we may have witnessed one of (if not) the greatest Super Bowl game in history. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots engineered the ultimate comeback in Super Bowl history to send the game into overtime.

Worry Fuels a Battle You Can’t Afford to Lose

3 Ways to Raise Your Thinking

You wouldn’t choose to do it. You may even recognize from time to time you are doing it. But for the most part worry silently robs us and weighs us down.

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Worry is a burden akin to putting on a vest in the morning and filling it with 50 pounds of sand. We finish our day wondering (maybe even aloud) why we are physically exhausted not realizing the weight of worry silently drained our vital intellectual and emotional energy.

Five Timeless Leadership Competencies for Millennials

Taking advantage of a generational transformation

One of the greatest shifts in business history is currently unfolding. A generational transformation is underway that will open the door to an unprecedented opportunity for impact for Millennials and their organizations.

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You can gain a significant advantage by both recognizing and seizing it. It begins with organizations of all types clamoring to attract quality talent. But beyond attracting talent how organizations respond to this generational transformation may well predict not only future success but survival.

Three Steps to Creating a New Year Phenomenon

Stay engaged, motivated and energized.

Did he say what I thought he said? He most certainly did. He called it, “a phenomenon.” It is most certainly an annual event. But to call it a phenomenon would be overstating it.

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A phenomenon is defined as an unusual, significant, or unaccountable fact or occurrence; a marvel or remarkable occurence. So it is clearly not a phenomenon. You might argue it is significant (it is), but remarkable—unfortunately not.

Living Your Legacy Today Starts Here

Two questions hold the key

Starting is easy—it’s finishing that is difficult. You’ve been there. We’ve all been there. One lap, one quarter, one period to go. How you finish is what separates a good legacy from a great one.

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When the finish line comes into view it can give rise to a range of emotions—especially if the stakes are high and the important people in our life are counting on us.

Who Will You Choose to Be Today

Raise your impact and influence with the people you love

Impact! I think about creating impact every day. If you have thought for a moment about how you will be remembered, you have too! It’s your legacy—the level of impact you created with your time, talent and resources.

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A few years ago, I read 20,000 Days and Counting. On your 20,000th day birthday you are 76 days shy of your 55th birthday. If you are short of this milestone, be forewarned it will arrive much more quickly than you think. If your days have stretched beyond 20,000, no one needs to remind you of the brevity of life.

Creating the Future You Dream Of

Reinventing Yourself—The Discipline of the 2nd Curve

Why would you make a change when things are going well? Who would think it good advice to abandon something in the midst of success?

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A good thing is a good thing—right? It would be foolish to jump ship or change course when the view and the forecast looks perfect. But is it?