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Wisdom From Those Who Know How To Live A Great Life

I recently spent time with a coaching client who was absolutely convinced that life, on its best day, was going to be overwhelmingly difficult; that a great life was just a concept. This attitude, as you can imagine, affected every aspect of her work and life. After all, what you think generates your beliefs, which influences your behaviors. … Continue reading

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Life’s Too Big To Play Small

I was traveling this week – two trips. Airports are wonderful places to people watch. Sometimes, all I see is the frenetic running in all directions. But today was different. Something big was going on. Let me tell you what I mean. At virtually every turn I met, saw or spoke with someone who was … Continue reading

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Rethinking “Holidays”…

With Thanksgiving just ahead of us, I am reminded of our tradition to take a day and celebrate a special theme. We celebrate mothers, fathers, pilgrims, veterans, workers, religions traditions, famous people and presidents. Overall, a good idea. What struck me more is the concept of a holi “day.” If these are really important events, why … Continue reading

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Roots and Wings

A fellow coach, John Sparks, shared his philosophy of raising kids with me. He said that our role as parents is to give them roots and wings. I love that. Roots – to be anchored to a solid foundation. Wings – to soar being what they are inspired to be. This is how John raises his family and how … Continue reading

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Because You’re Great, They’ll Call You Weird

There. I said it. If you are great at what you do, you stand out. And to most people, standing out makes you different – and different makes you weird. Think of some of history’s great weirdos: • Lady Gaga • JK Rowling • Amelia Earhart • Picasso • Walt Whitman • Dalai Lama • Michelango … Continue reading

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The Where, Who and What of Life

I connect with a great friend and mentor every couple of weeks. Our conversations never have a planned direction – instead, they just go to whatever is in the moment for both of us. I value this friendship and have seen it create powerful conversations about meaningful issues for both of us and inspire each … Continue reading

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Life is Like Pasta

Life is truly like pasta. No matter what you put together, it is always good. But with a little information about the shape of the pasta (what makes it unique) and the sauce that fits it, it can move the dish from good to great. This requires a quick pasta lesson: Pasta is a “carrier” … Continue reading

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It Takes Guts

One of my favorite programs to teach is a program on exceptional service titled GUTS – Guaranteed Unconventional Total Service. Not only does the program name remind the organization of the quality of service it is required to provide, it also shares that it takes courage – GUTS – by employees to do the extras for customers. It is … Continue reading

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A Work of Art

You are. I am. We are each truly works of art – masterpieces in the making. I spent part of my junior year in college studying in Paris and Florence. Besides connecting with other cultures, languages and traditions, I had the ability to see some of the world’s best and most celebrated art. From mosaics to … Continue reading

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Are You Always Ready for a Fight?

“If you fight with life, it will fight back with you.” So says, Eckhard Tolle, the author of The Power of Now and teacher on mindfulness. Many people I know seem always ready to drop the gloves and go at it – like life is some sort of mortal combat with winners or losers. But a great … Continue reading

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