Turning Christmas Chaos into Planned Balance – 9 Easy Steps

Everyone knows the holidays can be incredibly stressful. Visiting family you seldom see, and not being sure if the incident 3 years ago when grandma fell in the snow is yet resolved. Truly though, dealing with last minute shopping, the first Christmas without a family member, and/or the 2011 planning process for your business, can…

The Process of Your Purpose

There are many stories and movies created around the appeal of the person who is just born great at something.  They can sing.  They can dance.  They can calculate the toughest mathematical equations (think Will Hunting).  What these compelling stories don’t reveal is that behind every prodigy is a process that they used to develop…

Your Talent Is Not Enough

One of the worst things that talented people can hear about themselves is that they are talented.  It creates a false sense of achievement as we start to think that talent in and of itself is enough.  The most successful people got to where they are through consistent effort and mastery of what they are…

Personal Growth Is Not Optional

Yesterday a reader, Phil, made a great comment to my post on doing what you are exceptional at.  He brought up the point of where it may be necessary to do what you are not good at and work on your weaknesses.  I thought the issue of personal growth and where to draw the line…

The 10 Things You Should Know About Yourself

We all like to think we know ourselves really well – in fact, better than anyone.  Really?  Perhaps we are just fooling ourselves.  You could probably write an owner’s manual for your closest friends and family members, but how well do you think you’d do on one for you.
This analogy about your owner’s manual comes…

Walking Uphill in the Snow May Build Character…For Someone Else

I love talking with older people about work ethic.  During this conversation, I inevitably have to hear about how the work ethic of today’s generation sucks.  What today’s generation needs to understand is that walking uphill in the snow is for people who don’t want to get anywhere.
Here’s what you should do instead.
Unique Ability is…

Moving Forward Is Much Easier When You Know The First Step

You hear people say all of the time that the first step is always the easiest.  Too bad that we often get that first step wrong.  In life and business, the first step to success is a better understanding of you and the role that you play in that process.
I talked recently about having the…

Be The Best For Yourself

There are a lot of areas to focus on in business.  Accounting, entity structure, employees, marketing, etc.  But I don’t want you to do any of it that until you have focused on one thing.
You.
Normally we don’t preach about being self centered, but there are times when that is important.  In the case of building…

3 Things Your Competitors Aren’t Doing…

…but should be.  Maybe you are in one of those spaces that is fiercely competitive, good for you.  Competition is good for you; it makes you a better business and the customer wins in the end.  But, odds are, your competitors aren’t doing a lot of things they should be.
1)  They aren’t sold out…

Weird, Authentic, and Real

Being authentic and real means allowing for your weirdness to shine.  Embracing all that is the essence of you.  That’s right–the good, the bad, and the weird.  Everyone is weird, and isn’t it kind of a matter of opinion anyway?  I love to learn through story and here is something that’s been unfolding over the…