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No One Knows Anything, Without This

Any opinion without this is just fluff. “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” — Sherlock Holmes, A Scandal in Bohemia I was a new attorney at a big law firm. A

Why I Write, and Why You Might Want To

Right now counts forever “There are no ordinary moments.” — Dan Millman Most people want their life to count for something. When we pass away, we hope that our lives meant something, to someone. We hope that our existence mattered. But most people have no idea how to make life

How to Lead Before You Are in Charge

Make peace with the past, plant seeds for the future, and empower others in the present In March 2005, the Walt Disney Board of Directors selected Bob Iger to succeed Michael Eisner As CEO of the Walt Disney Company. But there was a six-month period before Bob Iger formally became

Want to Do Something Great? This is the First Step

The answer is not what you would expect. “I believe in the Golden Rule as the basis of all human conduct; therefore, I will never do to another person that which I would not be willing for that person to do to me if our positions were reversed.” ‒ Napoleon

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

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