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.

The Unique Quality of People Who Embrace Struggle

Willing yourself to win

I loved listening to him. Zig Ziglar offered up powerful encouragement dressed up in a charming southern accent. He was a master of motivation. Zig loved to say, “You don’t pay the price, you enjoy the benefits.”

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Do you like to struggle? You might be thinking, “Does anyone like to struggle?” Surprisingly the answer is a resounding “Yes,” because the greatest achievements, discoveries and breakthroughs in history were uncovered in the face of struggle.

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.

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?

Are You Crazy Enough to Change the World?

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To even think about it would be bold—bordering crazy. Did he really say what I thought he said? Surely, I must have misunderstood—maybe he is bit crazy?

PB&Js a Crazy Path to Impact

I arrived at Hudson National with high expectations about playing one of the finest golf courses in the country. For a golfer few things can be grander than walking 18 magnificent holes of golf with a good friend and not having to carry your own bag.

6 Leadership Insights From the Global Leadership Summit

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Everything rises and falls on leadership. The impact leaders can have on the people they love and the teams they lead is immeasurable. At the Global Leadership Summit I had the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest leaders in the world.

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I was quickly and profoundly reminded why leadership is an essential key to changing the course and trajectory of the world we live in.

5 Qualities You Need to Be a Great Encourager

How to Breathe Life into the People You Love and Lead

As I walked up, I could see she was fighting back tears. A well of emotion rising up after hearing a message of encouragement. “I can’t remember the last time I felt truly encouraged—thank you,” she said.  She wasn’t alone—not today or any day.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Our chief want in life is to find someone who will make us do what we can.” Life is breathed into the “can” we can do by the right person, with the right word, at the right moment, delivering an essential truth in a loving and gracious way.

You’ll Look at Encouragement Differently

It's not only what you say but how you say it!

Words are powerful. What we say and how we say it can make a powerful impact on the people we love and lead—even on the people we may only experience in a passing moment.

Benjamin Zander is the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and author of The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life. Zander says, “The conductor of an orchestra doesn’t make a sound. He depends, for his power, on his ability to make other people powerful.”

If You Are Breathing You Need Encouragement

The difference between praise and encouragement...

The encouragement really struck home last week. As I read some email and comments, it confirmed how we truly thirst for encouragement and how we look past the pain and struggle people are experiencing every day.

I loved the feedback. Don’t we all love a word of praise? Any word of praise is always welcomed. It makes us feel good, accepted and appreciated. But unfortunately praise is a lot like desert—it is a temporary feel good choice that can be harmful in the long-run.  

The One Thing You Must Have To Unlock Your Talent

It only takes two minutes!

Your have talent—it’s undeniable. It is exciting when it shines through in big moments. But why does doubt creep in and rob you of the self-confidence and self-assuredness necessary to perform your best.

Even people who are at the top of their game, recognized and celebrated for their talent, wrestle with commanding their best when the bright lights shine on them. The truth is we all feel like imposters from time to time.