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Don’t Learn How to Lose

Learn to win, right now After the great hockey coach Herb Brooks led the U.S. Hockey Team to win the Olympic gold medal in 1980 and accomplish the “miracle on ice,” he coached the NHL’s New York Rangers for a few years. After his NHL stint, he took a step

Work on What Is Undeniable

Use two skills that all creatives should crave. I’ve learned a valuable lesson repeatedly over the last 20 years: all good ideas somehow start with my wife. I realized this, again, sitting in a cozy nook at a local bookstore. I was part of a small audience, listening to best-selling

The Hardest Lesson I Learned Last Year

It’s okay to show the world who I really am “You can’t build this website with this text. It’s not right.” I was showing one of my best friends some of the text that I was planning to include on the new version of my website. His opinion was clear.

Building the Team Is the Main Thing Every Time

There are no exceptions For most people, there is one “main thing” — that if done regularly, repeatedly, and consistently — will lead to disproportionate successful results. But what is that elusive “main thing”? And how do we figure it out? For me, it all comes down to food. Permit

Every Entrepreneur Must Make This Choice

Who do you work for?   Frustrated, I sat at my desk. I was running a media department for a leadership development company. Two of my bosses had taken me out to lunch and told me I was doing a great job. They gave me the biggest raise, percentage-wise, of

Your Most Valuable Asset In Life Is Not What You Think It Is

You have gifts you don’t even think are gifts    “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” — Helen Keller Most people look at the world with a glass-half-empty mindset.

Listening Is the Skill We Need Right Now, and Here’s What I’m Hearing

Smart people need to pay attention, especially now The ability to listen. Really listen. It’s a rare skill right now. Most of us are only hearing what we want to hear. But are we really listening? I’ve been trying. I haven’t written much until now. But scary events occur on

These are Two of the Hardest Words to Hear: But Also Two of the Most Important

I can’t even type them right now… give me a minute   “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive business advantage.” — Jack Welch There are two words in the English language that I dread to hear. Not because they are good

How to Find a Best Friend

“Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.” — Herodotus Most people have friends. But not all friends are the same. Some friends are what I call “proximity friends.” These are people that you become friends with because you are in the same area for a period of time.

3 Insane Lies We Tell Ourselves About Our Need to Learn

Everyone wants to be a master. No one wants to be a student. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi Most people would love to be successful. They would love to be a master of some craft and

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