3 Simple Steps

3 Simple Steps

Want an easy life? Follow three simple steps. All the personal and professional development books/webinars/podcast/workshops/etc. follow the same 3-step process (trust me, I’ve read most): You deserve more than your life is currently delivering.   This isn’t fair...
Overcoming Hard-Wiring

Overcoming Hard-Wiring

A few weeks ago, I went fly fishing for the first time.   After a short lesson, the guide (whom I had just met) made an interesting observation noting that I was “wound pretty tight” and would need to loosen up a bit to enjoy the sport. In just two hours, a...
Dr. Mike Rucker: The Fun Habit

Dr. Mike Rucker: The Fun Habit

  Dr. Mike Rucker Dr. Mike Rucker is an organizational psychologist, behavioral scientist, and charter member of the International Positive Psychology Association. He has been academically published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management. His...
A mindset of uncertainty

A mindset of uncertainty

We hear it all the time – be present, be where your feet are, focus on the moment, etc. But what does that really mean? “Adopt the mindset for uncertainty. Everything is always changing, everything looks different from different perspectives, so we can never...
Unhappy billionaire or happy bike store owner?

Unhappy billionaire or happy bike store owner?

When it comes to success, all we really want is to feel good about ourselves and our relationships. An added bonus is believing that we made some sort of positive impact on somebody or something in the world.You can do that no matter how much money you make or what...
My first 20 years…

My first 20 years…

The first 20 years went a lot faster than I thought. Back in September of 2003, I was pounding out 75 cold calls a day as my son (Ian, now 6’6″) lay bouncing quietly in a baby seat at my feet. Those days seemed to last forever. 20 years later, a few things have...
Your spreadsheets are lying to you

Your spreadsheets are lying to you

Numbers provide a sense of precision that I find comforting. As a result, I love looking at financials, building forecasts and analyzing most issues with a spreadsheet. However, not everything can be measured. In life, the space between black and white is filled with...
The only game to win

The only game to win

Even after 20+ years reminding professionals of the dangers of comparing themselves to others, I still do it. I have a framed picture in my office that says, “I am enough and on the best path for me.”No, I didn’t steal it from Stuart Smalley (“I’m good enough, smart...
Dr. ‘Deji Ayoade: My American Dream

Dr. ‘Deji Ayoade: My American Dream

Dr. ‘Deji Ayoade shares his story from extreme poverty in Nigeria to becoming the first African immigrant to become a nuclear missile operator in the United States Air Force and serve in three U.S. military branches. He’ll walk you through his mindset in the...
The single most important thing to know about life

The single most important thing to know about life

How you view control will drastically alter how you experience the only life you get. Planning to improve the odds of success is a wise move.Planning to eliminate uncertainty is a fool’s errand.Recognizing the difference between the two allows you to reduce anxiety...
the lie we believe

the lie we believe

Once I achieve this goal, I’ll feel better about myself. Sound familiar? Yeah. I can relate. At best, this “feeling better about myself” lasts less than 24 hours. No matter how big the achievement, I always find myself back to obsessing over my...
Burnout or Refresh?

Burnout or Refresh?

Whichever you choose, remember this: the choice is yours. People use all sorts of ways to escape: Scrolling social Binging Netflix Overeating Spending too much money on another gadget you don’t need It’s no surprise that burnout is an increasing problem. Escapes...
Change your language

Change your language

We all overlook what’s going right. ​​It’s easy to feel that we “have to” go to the grocery, meet with the finance team, plan our vacation, etc. How you think about something shapes how you think about it. If you’re finding a task or person continually triggering your...
One broken hand later…

One broken hand later…

As I type this message with one hand, I’m reminded of a powerful quote often attributed to John Lennon: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” One week ago, as I was riding through a cross walk, a car sped out in front of me trying...
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