June 13, 2016

3 Ways to Gain the Influence You Need

What you want is influence. You may not know that, but you do. You want it and you need it. You want people to do something, say something, buy something, listen to something, share something, hire you, believe you, trust you, pay you, mentor you—you want some kind of influence over people, however subtle it may be. To put it bluntly: we need other people. We need things from them in order to function, grow, accomplish goals. Over the course of time, in every relationship, you slowly earn a position of influence. That’s how you go from, “Can I sit […]
March 28, 2016

Beware the Dangers of Quick Riches

In one of the pillars of success literature, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill states, “Quick riches are more dangerous than poverty.” Perhaps that’s why, according to the New York Daily News, almost 70% of lottery winners end up broke within 7 years. I can tell you whose fault it isn’t: the money. Money doesn’t make you broke. I know many people with a good amount of it, and they’ve managed to not only keep from going broke, but to grow that money, to invest and give generously, to do great things with that tool. One pretty crucial difference between […]
March 2, 2016

Do You Have the Courage to Visualize Generosity?

Champions visualize. Pitchers visualize throwing the perfect game. Sprinters visualize breaking the tape. Speakers visualize engaging and dominating a room of awed listeners. Almost unanimously, those who accomplish above average goals engage in some form of visualization. Whether it’s forming a vision for where you’d like to be in two or five or ten years, or it’s visualizing success in the specific tasks that the day holds, visualization is integral to pressing toward big goals. (If you don’t have big goals… GET SOME!) I’m not writing to sell you on visualizing, though. I’m going to skip that step, assume that […]