Fear Factor: Why this emotion is necessary for success

The inspiration for this week’s blog post comes from one of the world’s best-known thinkers who I happen to find absolutely fascinating—Plato. He’s credited with this wisdom, “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” Like most philosophies or proverbs, they’re simply stated, but the endless possibilities of meanings and applications run much deeper. I liked … Continue reading Fear Factor: Why this emotion is necessary for success

Fear or Inspiration: The Two Motivators That Makes Us Move

We see it in the news, read it in a magazine or hear it within our networks almost every day. There’s some new start-up that’s growing exponentially and breaking all kinds of projections. They’re on the fast track to becoming the “next big thing.” It’s enough to make any small business owner or entrepreneur want … Continue reading Fear or Inspiration: The Two Motivators That Makes Us Move

A Quarter-Century of Life Lessons: Revisited

Tomorrow, on December 18th, I will again celebrate my birthday. For as long as I can remember this was a day that all 364 others would be spent looking forward to. With the start of December before I began counting down until days to Christmas, I first counted down the seconds until my birthday. And … Continue reading A Quarter-Century of Life Lessons: Revisited

Taking a Cue from Mother Nature

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu So often in life, nature is something we first try to change and then try equally as hard to replicate. I might be among the worst offenders of this. I’m always looking for ways to be more efficient with my time, cut-out the waste and … Continue reading Taking a Cue from Mother Nature

Panic Does Not Equal Passion

For better or for worse, I seem to be pulled toward career paths that are not for the faint of heart. Just when I caught my breath from a whirlwind statewide gubernatorial election, it took merely 4 short months before I needed that adrenaline rush again. I craved the feeling of having meaningful tasks to … Continue reading Panic Does Not Equal Passion

Allowing Talent to Determine Your Calling

A quote by Aristotle was once shared with me that says, "Where you talents meet the needs of the world, therein lies your calling." It’s easy to gloss over these words without truly taking them to heart, but if you read it again—more slowly—you will realize the power this timeless quote holds. Whether you’re a … Continue reading Allowing Talent to Determine Your Calling

(Almost) A Quarter-Century of Life Lessons

Yesterday, December 18th, I celebrated my 24th birthday. Getting to this one day took me nearly a quarter of a century of learning, growing and collecting life experiences. As part of my celebration, I thought now would be the perfect time to really reflect on who I am and what I know to be true. … Continue reading (Almost) A Quarter-Century of Life Lessons

When To Take Risks & When To Take Caution

There’s a quote by Thomas Edison that reads, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” I wouldn’t dare argue with Edison on this—after all, his invention has assisted in the writing of this blog post. Failures have led to great things … Continue reading When To Take Risks & When To Take Caution