Gratitude is the Secret Sauce of Success

As I think back to this day (2.16), many years ago, when I was crushed by an elevator, my life was a struggle until I was able to feel gratitude. While is was far from easy, without it, I would be living in that loss instead of creating an even better life.

Thank you for all who helped me see what was possible.


Success Engagement

If you are like me, you find something you want to learn about and dive deeply into finding the person who can help you. My enthusiasm can take over and I need to remind myself that the person is an actual human being – way more than just a conduit to the resources and information I want and need.

When you authentically demonstrate that you value the other person – with care, respect, and appreciation – your opportunities can expand exponentially and you will feel wonderful in the process.

Have a great day,


Be a Comeback Genius

I will say upfront my extracurricular activities tend to go more toward books that sports. In fact, my alma mater, the University of Chicago, didn’t even have a football team that was much more than a “club” team.

So for those who know me, you might be surprised that I watched the Super Bowl. Well, I watched and I am VERY glad I did.

What a comeback story – one from which we can learn a lot:

  • Leadership under pressure. How would you react if you were down by more than three touchdowns with only have the game left? Many would give up, but not Brady. He kept going, putting everything on the line, and getting the rest of the team to believe a win was possible.
  • Not letting time be the deciding factor. The Patriots kept going, knowing that there had never been an overtime in a Super Bowl. Well, now there has been.
  • Finding a bit more determination, tenacity, and guts. When it looks like the tides had turned against Brady and the team, they stayed in the game – clearly with their heads and hearts.

There are many other things you can learn about being a comeback genius from Super Bowl LI. Just don’t find them, put them into action in your own life.

Have a great day,

Find Your Fans for Success

I have a friend who chases down people who don’t want to engage with him and tries to convince them to change their minds. While I understand it’s important to address negative feedback, I believe putting too much time, resources, and energy can lead to frustration, disappointment, and less than stellar outcomes.

So what is an alternative to my friend’s approach?

After you self-reflect on any critical feedback and come up with a plan to address this, I suggest that you devote a solid chunk of your time and energy to expanding the relationships with people you value and who value you.

Find and cultivate your fans and you likely will increase your success and happiness.

Have a good,

The Ten-Minute Win

Late 2015, I decided to make a commitment to spend 10 minutes each day reading a couple of publications that encourage me. While I couldn’t wait to receive the newspaper and magazine, I wasn’t actually reading them cover to cover (my loss).

Ten minutes felt like just the right amount of time and I could manage even on my busiest days.

Even though the time was small, the impact was significant. The readings inspired me, and with each 10-minute win my confidence to tackle other things also increased. By the end of 2016, I had accomplished more than I ever expected 10 minutes at a time.

So what 10-minute win would you like to create? Start today.

Enjoy your day,

Procrastinate For Greater Success

It’s an amazing thing about procrastination. Most people hate it, fight it, and beat themselves up when they do it. By the way, I am no exception.

That said, I have learned to let procrastination be my teacher, guide, and motivator. While this seem a bit counter-intuitive, trust me it will help you achieve even greater success and happiness.

So the next time you notice that you are procrastinating, stop and ask yourself three questions:

  • Do you even want what you are pursuing?
  • Do you want to achieve this goal, but it’s not a priority at this time (and may be in the future)?
  • Is this too much to take on and you could chunk out a tiny babystep and experiment with that?

Whatever your answers, be kind to yourself. Kindness can take your WAY further than negative self judgement.

Have a great day,

Unhelpful or Helpful?

I have this tendency – to allow myself to be swayed by people and situations that could be perceived as negative. The operative phrase here is “could be perceived as negative”. Not actually negative, but my attitude makes me feel that it’s a foregone conclusion.

So, I am taking a different approach these days. Instead of embracing the potentially negative side of a person or situation, I am asking myself if my perspective  is helpful or unhelpful. If my take is encouraging me to take value-creating action, then I keep it. If not, then I choose to shift.

Have a great day,