Archives for October 2014

The money is all that matters (yes, I said it)

Are you making more than you spend?

Instead of living overseas as I did in my 20s and 30s, or being in a university setting as I was in my 40s, I’m now a member of the entrepreneurial class, with all the wonderful freedoms and fears that brings.

As such, I’ve been exposed to the dialogues of entrepreneurs as they occur on Facebook, at networking gatherings, and in articles. An area of near-daily preoccupation is what it takes to be successful. Of course, this preoccupation is highly justified, given the delicate, precarious, and unpredictable nature of our way of life.

Within these conversations and writings, there’s a lot of talk about the elements of success. Predictably, the comments focus on things like passion, perseverance, honesty, relationships, and other such critically important things.

The thing I see far less often—almost never—is a discussion about the ability to make money. [Read more…]

Stop focusing on the past

Stop focusing on the past

I came across a great quotation the other day by Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

He said, “Live out of your imagination, not your history.”

Those are powerful words. If we learned just that one thing, our lives would change completely. [Read more…]

If you’re missing this, you won’t reach your goal


What's your why?Someone asked me recently why I do what I do. 

Why, he wanted to know, am I a speaker and trainer and why do I speak about personal leadership?

I wanted to be a speaker since I was young, probably 12 or 13. But I never did it until I was in my forties. I suppose the safe explanation would be, “What could I possibly have to say?”

The truth of the matter is I was petrified of speaking. I didn’t have much of a “why” I could articulate out loud. I was also caught up in following the rules, being obedient, and making sure I didn’t make waves.  [Read more…]

How to prepare for Murphy’s Law

How to prepare for Murphy's Law

Part of your personal and professional leadership practices includes your ability to anticipate, visualize, and plan for a variety of situations and create back-up plans for when things go wrong.

And they will go wrong.

I was doing a presentation recently in Colorado on fear, creativity, and innovation. Toward the end of the program, I was presenting my 7-Step Action Plan for Managing Fear from my Overcoming Fear book. Number 4 is “Determine the worst-case scenario.” [Read more…]

Did you realize saying no was an important part of leadership?

It's OK to say no.


“The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.” — Tony Blair

I’m not sure if I ever thought about leadership in exactly that way, but that’s pretty much it, isn’t it?

Of course, it can be difficult to say no to people. Maybe you learned growing up not to refuse requests, that you would be a good person if you help anyone who needs your help, that you should be generous, cooperative, and selfless.

But the fact of the matter is the inability to say no interferes with your ability to be a great leader. [Read more…]