I don’t have time.
I don’t have the resources.
He’s just lucky.
Next quarter will be lighter.
After this meeting.
I need the right partner.
The market isn’t right.
I’m not finished.
She manipulated the situation.
It could be better.
We paralyze ourselves. With excuses. Lots of them. But mostly, it’s fear.
Whether it’s finishing a project or starting something new, our fears manifest in all sorts of forms and reasons why we shouldn’t, can’t, are unable to.
The right moment…More...
I have had the good fortune of meeting, counseling, and sitting in business seminars with intelligent, driven, successful individuals — and they just want to become better. Industries range from music to publishing, finance to social good, art to real estate. Age, life experience, and stage of life vary; students, fathers, midlife, C-level, nearing retirement, starting up.
Despite a plethora of variables, I’ve noticed a few themes that come up again and…More...
Our worlds have been taken over by likes, friends, retweets, follows. Critics stand watch, ready to advocate for the unplugging of our ever-increasing connectedness. Yet we’ve proven that intention and connection can go hand in hand (Consider TED, Social Media Week, and Creative Mornings — fine examples of technology and social media combining to deepen our relationships).
But it takes effort.
I’ve offered a few tips on how we can…More...
Most people are afraid to arrive early. They stall around and carefully consider the appropriate time to enter the room. Arriving before others places you in the category of looking too eager, bland, idle. And think of all that empty space you have to fill before other guests arrive—silence! awkwardness! preparation! look busy! smile!
Yet these in-between moments are when great relationships are formed. The moments before the talk begins, the…More...
Everyone experiences risk. No one is immune to the anxiety that comes with it.
The difference between the daring and the successful is that they’ve learned to cope with it.
Questions to ask:
How can I minimize my anxieties surrounding this?
Can I make myself feel better about this decision?
The more you dive, the more you’ll enter the water in a way that doesn’t hurt, and the board won’t seem quite as high…
We’re bombarded. With people, connections, business cards. Social media has connected us in ways we’ve never experienced before.
But is it more meaningful? Valuable?
Consider how it has changed your own relationships and experiences.
Now that so much of our lives are recorded and documented online, how necessary is it to cultivate experiences sans media and technology?
How do you cut through all of the noise to find what’s most valuable to you……More...
We’re all some kind of blind. We can’t help it.
We were raised seeing the world a certain way, adopting particular values, learning how to interpret our immediate surroundings.
What’s challenging to you may be quite interesting to the woman sitting across the boardroom, and she knows a great solution. Your client’s problem may be an easy fix in your world; to him, an impossible task.
Are you willing to accept alternative…More...
Your assistant might be a tremendous help, relieving you from mundane tasks that eat up your time and cut into your creative flesh.
Your intern could also be your greatest asset, filtering information through a unique set of experiences and offering insight into areas you may not be aware of.
Assistant or ally.
Not mutually exclusive, but your point of view largely determines the outcome.
Experiment and see what’s most beneficial to you,…More...
What record is playing in your head?
Have you written your own soundtrack? Or has someone compiled it for you?
The songs/tones/words you surround yourself with sets the tone for your life. If you’re not happy with what you’ve been hearing, make a new recording. Leave the prerecorded songs for someone else (unless they’re really THAT good).More...
Every day I speak with individuals who tell me they want to succeed in a big way. While “success” can mean something different to each person, most people are looking to surpass the point they’ve arrived to date — a refreshed, higher, faster, better, cleaner, sharper, more focused state of being. Which seems pretty intuitive. People with ambition and drive want to move forward. Occupying the same space without…More...
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