Generous Success

Success ebbs and flows depending on your generosity and appreciation. So if you are currently in one of those ebbs in the cycle, amp up your gratitude, kindness, and value of others.



If You Expect Too Little, DON’T!

It’s a very funny thing about expectations.

If you set them too low – for yourself and/or others – the limits you place will reduce your outcomes, opportunities, and confidence. In many ways, expectations become the type of self-fulfilling prophecy you don’t want to have.

So, set expectations of yourself and other that are a stretch. When you reach them, go bigger!

Enjoy the ride,

To Achieve Your Goals Faster

What does it take to achieve a goal? Well, lots of things – from making the goal clear and concrete to actually taking a bunch of progressive babysteps?

So why doesn’t everyone take the steps to zoom through their goals? For me, personally, I stall out when I lack encouragement. Think of encouragement as someone or something that inspires courage (this is actually what the word means). I, and many others, just need a bit of a boost on the courage side and the action, momentum, and results are easier to create.

So if you need a little encouragement, find it. An even better idea: give encouragement to another person. Then you both get the boost.

Enjoy your day,

The Arrogance of Holding Back

Recently, I was with a group of friends and we were talking about goals important to each of us.  One person, Jake, missed a target and he was pretty nonchalant about it. The response of another person, Julia, at first really surprised us all, “You are incredibly arrogant,” she said.

How is it arrogant to miss a goal? Julia’s point is that holding back is a form of arrogance because if you don’t give it your all – there is an underlying belief of having limited capacity – and who is to say how far you can go? The last person should be you!

Something to think about.

Have a great day,

Advance or You Are Retreating

My mentor has told me again and again “advance or you are retreating”. He believes that this is true in organizations and individuals.

That said, if you get lost in the daily grind of work and life – it can be easy to miss opportunities to progress (even a little). So each day, pause for a moment and ask yourself what action you can take to move ahead even a teeny bit.

Advance now and tomorrow and then the day after that.

Have a great day,

What’s Your PIQ?

In my work, I talk to students and alumni at Chicago Booth about the impact of their work. Yet, I rarely think of my PIQ or Positive Impact Quotient. PIQ is the sum of all of the value you create for others and yourself minus the negative impact you may have if you discourage, dismiss, or disparage others.

So as you go through your day, pause for a moment and think of the impact and implications of your next word or action. Will it make your PIQ go down or up? Than action accordingly.

Have a great day,

Are You Ready For Your Big Break?

I find so many people are looking for their big break – their time in the winner’s circle. This focus can actually create insecurity with a focus on an uncertain future while disregarding both the past and the present (that can provide a solid foundation of strengths and confidence).

So I suggest approaching the search for your big break a different way:

  1. Realize you can have multiple times in the winner’s circle if you understand what success and happiness mean to you.
  2. Acknowledge and feel gratitude for all of the things you have now and from the past. COUNT EVERYTHING.
  3. Reach out to the people who have helped you and say “thank you”. Your success and happiness will grow when you have active supporters who trust and value.

Enjoy the ride and celebrate along the way.


Jump In and Help

I was recently in a situation where I knew a friend needed help with something, yet I had had a really long week and wanted to go home. I actually thought heading out, climbing on the bus number one, and getting on bus number 2 without a pause. Yet, I just couldn’t. It wasn’t out of guilt or a “should”, but out an inner commitment to assist someone who clearly needed my help.

“So was it worth it?” you may ask. Absolutely. Absolutely. Absolutely. I bet that I actually gained more than my friend. I think it works that way a lot of time.

So if you need a boost – lend someone else a hand.

Have a great day,


Encouragement is Crucial

There are things that we can survive without, yet I believe that encouragement isn’t one of them. Encouragement could be the only thing standing between a person driving forward and giving up.

Be the person who is a source of encouragement for others and the impact of your efforts could go way farther than you might ever imagine.

Just do it today, tomorrow, and for years to come.


Your Success Threshold

Many people don’t get the traction they want on their goals. Why is that, you may wonder? I believe that they take on too much and don’t have the willpower to go the distance.

So what is the solution? Know why you have chosen the goal and what action could you take that is super easy – absolutely doable! Then you will build momentum and success become a habit.