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The Price of Greatness Is Accountability

It is the true measure of a leader’s height There is one trait that is in demand, nearly everywhere and in every arena. Though it doesn’t have much flash or sizzle, it is the bedrock of all great leadership. It is the one ball, that if dropped, doesn’t bounce. It

7 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger

Sometimes we learn something after it would have been really helpful to know it. In light of that absolute truth, I am often asked to speak at high schools, universities, and graduate schools, and one of my favorite topics to share with students are the things that I wish I

Three Promises You Must Make to Yourself in Order to be Completely Happy

“To me, there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think. Spend some time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think, and cry, that’s a heck of day.” — Jim Valvano “No

Fakers are Everywhere: Here is What Should Really Impress You

We attract what we constantly think about. We live in a world that is focused on flash, and not fire. Focused on appearance and not substance. Focused on puffing our chests but not rolling up our sleeves and having guts. It is time for that to change. Now, we all

Are You an Artist? The Crazy Conflict Between Making Art & Making Money

I am an artist. I am in business. Wait. Is this even possible? Yes, of course… But why does this concept seem odd to many people? I practice law. But I spent 10 years before law school wanting to be an artist. I acted. I went to film school. I wrote screenplays.

How to Do Hard Things

Sometimes almost impossible is just the right amount of difficulty Most people go through life without doing anything really hard. Sometimes the low-hanging fruit is the only fruit that we end up picking. But what about the hard things — the things that seem almost impossible? Should we try to

How to Help Hopeless People

Do what you are supposed to do One day a young man, desperate for a job, took a job cleaning out trailer parks. He worked for a temp agency that was staffing a liquidation company. As part of his cleaning duties, he found a CD in the trash. The CD

The First Rule of Money Has Nothing to Do With Money

Protect your integrity before anything else. The phone rang. It was 11 pm on a Friday night. I was sitting in my room with my girlfriend. Who would be calling me at 11 pm? No way I am answering, right? But I had to answer. It was my boss. My

Energy Is Our Most Important Asset

How to Have Insane Energy Every Single Day “I just don’t have the energy to do it all over again.” I couldn’t hear the next few words because my thoughts stopped after I heard that statement. I was talking with a friend and we were discussing next steps in our

The Amazing Benefits of Working for Free

Some things are worth more than money — like an education and the people you meet along the way Imagine walking into the office of a wealthy individual. This isn’t just any person, though. This is one of the world’s most celebrated entrepreneurs. This is someone who is in the

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