Who surrounds you?

June 25, 2009...

My greatest successes? They have never really been because of me.


They have always been because of the people with whom I have surrounded myself.

They have been motivating and vision casting. They have been organized and efficient. They have been charismatic and sales oriented.

And every time I have surrounded myself with great people?

Success has come much easier.


June 24, 2009...

Being able to "think" and "feel" are two of the most special gifts we've been given.

Last night, I was provided a chance to do both.

An end of the day test

June 23, 2009...

At the end of the day, what do you remember more: the good things that happened...or the bad things?

At the end of today, take a test.

Type into the search engine of your brain: "What do I remember about today?"

What events, people, experiences, and moments come up?

Your answer might tell you a lot about what you've programmed your brain to focus on the most in life.


June 22, 2009...

"So how do you get motivated when you don't feel like studying?"

(That was the question I asked my friend.)


(That was her one word answer back.)

"So even when you don't feel like just think of Berkeley?"

NINE words. THREE questions.

June 21, 2009...

The older we get, the faster it seems life flies by, doesn't it?

How many times have you found yourself asking "Where did the day/week/month/year go?"

Lots, no doubt.

As the months of the calendar pages inevitably turn from one to another, it may be a good idea to start thinking about NINE simple words composed in THREE complex questions.

1. Did I live?

2. Did I love?

3. Did I matter?

A debilitating emotion

June 20, 2009...

I'm sure you've experienced it.

That sick feeling in the pit of your stomach that has the ability to cement any and all forward movement.

That voice in your head that shouts out, "Don't do it! It's too risky!"

That singular moment when you put everything on hold.

The experience is FEAR. And its effects can be debilitating beyond imagination.

FEAR causes us to quit. It causes us to stay.

FEAR causes us to run. It causes us never to begin.


June 19, 2009...

Is there a goal you once had that has been cast aside because of life events?

Perhaps it's time to revisit that goal, and once again, direct your own destiny.

The day we TEMPORARILY stop trying to accomplish something that is important to each of us is the day we allow ourselves to be pushed to the passenger side of our own life journey.

The day we PERMANENTLY stop trying to accomplish something that is important to each of us is the day we acknowledge that we are forever passengers.

The "BIG Minded People" Club

June 18, 2009...

Oprah is definitely one.

So is Trump...and Gates...and certainly the President.

Add Hillary and Will Smith and every organization associated with a grand cause to the list, too.

You can write your name on the list and be a member, too, if you'd like.

You can...that is...if you can think BIG enough.

An emotional spin

June 17, 2009...

FEELING defeated?

Have you had a day recently where you FEEL nothing went right?

Has there been a moment lately where you FEEL that you're spinning your wheels and going nowhere in your career or a relationship?

If so, take a step back, take a deep breath, and remember that "feelings are not facts."

Our emotions can sometimes run crazy out of control...and the truth of a situation is rarely as worrisome as our rollercoaster FEELINGS are communicating.

What's Your Story?

June 16, 2009...

We're strivers.

We strive for a better job, a nicer car, and a bigger house. We strive to be popular, cool, and well-liked. We strive to be successful. We strive to have money. We strive to be loved.

No wonder we're all so darn tired at the end of the day. Striving all day long can do that to a person.

But if we are really so intent on striving, how about striving to make our life a great story?

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