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Why I Am Writing a Children’s Book

And having more fun writing than ever before One of the hardest questions to answer correctly is this one: what is the next right thing I should do? My friend wrote an entire book about it. And there are countless ways to address the problem. One of my personal struggles

To Be the Best, You Have to Learn From the Best

What I learned from a man who was the best   I was alone. Sometimes the best things start that way. Surrounded by cubicles in a law school career development office, I was waiting for an interview to finish. I was about to meet a man who could alter the

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

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