All progress starts with telling the truth I was sitting on a chair in a senior partner’s office. It was my first week as a bona fide lawyer at a big firm. I was dressed to impress. I had my yellow pad ready. I was prepared to practice law. I
It’s about respect, not jealousy. “There goes Jeff Bezos,” a man said. Comedian Kevin Hart was in a room with well-known and successful business owners and individuals. Then, Jeff Bezos walked in. Instantly, Kevin said to his friend, “I’m going to go say what’s up to him. I would love
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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