False Reality

No one wants it, yet we all want to get better… The question is how do we get better if we aren’t open to criticism? We live in a day and time where everyone “gets a trophy”, we all want to hear the great things that we do, and we shy away from criticism and…

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Connect the Dots

Once you “Connect the Dots” on your life your perspective changes. Understanding where you come from and where you are going adds purpose and meaning to one’s life. For some of us, our “dots” are all over the place in that we have changed careers, professions, started new businesses, and gone back to school for…

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Show Up

To “Show Up” means one can’t always being politically correct. We live in a time when political correctness is a major barrier to showing up each and every day. The idea that we can speak our mind openly and honestly is greatly impeded by the fear that is associated with being politically in-correct. We are…

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Christmas through the eyes of a child/ parent/ grandparent

As we gather this holiday season what type of mindset will you have going into it?  The mindset you have will impact your mood, behavior, anxiety levels, and overall holiday experience.  I talked to a child, a parent, and a grandparent and asked them what they thought of the upcoming holiday season. Child: I asked…

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Rushing

I don’t know about you, but I am always in a rush. Going from meetings to meetings, taking calls, making calls, getting to and from work and the list goes on and on. What are the consequences of rushing personally and professionally? First, when we are in a rush we are rarely in the moment….

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“It is Better to Fail at your Own Life than Succeed at Someone Else’s*”

I lived in LA for 7 years and had a few successes and many more failures. One of the successes I had included doing a commercial for Procter & Gamble which allowed me to get into the Screen Actors Guild. I remember during the orientation they told us this is the only union in the…

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Visionaries- Why so few?

Ever wonder why so few people get the label “Visionary?” This word is reserved for the elites like Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. Why are there so few visionaries in the world? What is a visionary? A visionary is someone who thinks about or plans for the future with imagination and…

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What we can learn from Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is not only the king of pop, but a master improviser. At his concert you will see him yelling at his fans and telling them that he loves them, he then begins chanting with them and exchanging dialogue all of which is improvised. Take a look: The most memorable keynote address I delivered…

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“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”- Jim Rohn

What 5 people do you spend the majority of your time with outside your family? Are you the average of those 5 people in regards to your social and economic status, work ethic, energy and drive? Our environment has a major impact on all aspects of our life and often times it is overlooked or…

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Unspoken Cues

Next time you are in a conversation sitting down take a look at your feet and notice which way they are pointed. Are they pointed toward the person you are talking too, or the door? If they are pointed toward the door (subconsciously of course) you are ready for the conversation to be over, however,…

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Improvisational Sales

In order to be successful in sales, being a skilled improviser will help. One of the tenants of improvising is to make statements, they keep the story moving forward and develop characters- the characters in real life being you and I. In sales we have been trained to ask questions. Everything begins and ends with…

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Silence

Why can’t we be silent during a conversation?  Because we feel we must always be talking or asking questions to keep the conversation moving forward.  We are always anticipating what we are going to say next which keeps us from being silent.  Therefore , we become engaged in an endless stream of dialogue where both…

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