February 1, 2016

3 Strategies to Effectively Resist ‘The Resistance’

Last week, I wrote about the nefarious ‘Resistance,’ that terribly cunning, subconscious embodiment of every type of fear, that manages to keep each of us from doing the most important things in our lives. I confess, I did little more than (hopefully) make you aware of this obstacle and implore you to keep an eye out and commit to pushing back. Today, we’re dig in a little deeper though, past the topsoil of awareness and really sink our roots into the richness of proactive work that we can do to fight back. It’s not enough to simply be aware of The […]
January 29, 2016

How ‘The Resistance’ Prevents You From Creating

In Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art, Pressfield talks about a creative person’s arch nemesis: the resistance. Allow me first to describe to you a creative person. This doesn’t apply exclusively to the traditionally creative, although they are included. No fedoras or recreational drugs or cluttered art studios required, for this to apply to you. Look at the root of the word “creative”—create. Anyone who is trying to create something exceptional in their life—be it building a rich marriage that inspires those around you, writing a rock opera, starting a sweet roll bakery or inventing the world’s greatest board game—falls […]
January 6, 2016
We all have rough days--the most successful leaders, entrepreneurs and business people learn how to be proactive in combating the doldrums.

5 Ways to Snap Out of a Bad Day

So you’re not on your A-game today, huh? It’s hard coming back from a holiday; instead of feeling rested you just feel fried (and perhaps broke), your kids woke you up like 5 times last night, your spouse doesn’t seem to appreciate how hard you work, or it just seems like your work is in vain. The reality is, not every day is going to be your best. Every day can’t be your birthday, and you accepted that many years ago. Now accept that on some days, you’re going to wake up at 5am with your sneakers already tied, run […]
January 4, 2016
A person truly bent on success, on achieving greatness, must learn to take failure and to learn and grow from it, to use it as a tool to push toward excellence. Failure is empowering to true leaders.

Why I’m Okay With Failure

I’m tired of hype. I’m tired of people telling me how easy it was for them, how quick I can get rich, how I can lose weight without changing anything! You know why I’m tired of it? Because it’s a crock. It’s a bag of lies. For every guy who wins the lottery, there are 2o million who don’t. For every girl who is born the daughter of a hotel magnate, there are several billion who aren’t. The fact is, if you want to do something that can be called anything but “getting by,” it’s going to be hard. It’s going to […]
December 14, 2015
Anyone attempting great things will encounter struggles, failure, mistakes. It is how we react and use those mistakes that can separate us and allow us to find success as a leader, entrepreneur, communicator, business person.

What Do You Do With Mistakes?

On Friday, I was heading out of town with my wife to go to a wedding in Florida with her family. In order to do this, I scheduled everything that I needed to happen so that it would happen automatically on Friday morning. My email went out to my subscribers, I had a couple tweets that went out, and a few other little to-do’s that I was able to make happen automatically. It all went off without a hitch. Well, except for one minor detail… my article didn’t publish. So I sent out an email and tweets and all these […]
November 30, 2015
Often fear stands between us and doing something worthwhile, be that starting a small business, taking on a role of leadership, pushing toward success in some form. Here are 4 steps to conquer that fear and take action.

4 Steps to Taking Action In Spite of Fear: Step Four

Part 4 in a 4-part blog serious on taking action in spite of fear. I encourage you to read Parts 1 through 3 first. We’ve spent 3 days looking at how to cope with fear internally. But what about how to actually take action? This is probably my least glamorous post in this series. There is very little magic to this. It’s so straight forward literally anyone can do it. So let’s re-cap: you’ve come to expect fear as an inevitable part of any worthy undertaking. You’ve embraced it as integral to growth, not to mention a good sign that […]