I Get the Gift of Giving

November 4, 2012…

A few years back, I was in Wilmington, Delaware and had the chance to spend time with an AmeriCorp volunteer named Mark Stanzilis. I asked him why he's doing what he's doing now. His answer was short and sweet: "I get the gift of giving."

Do You Love What You Do?

November 3, 2012…

While on the road speaking, I met Martin Schwartz with Vehicles for Change. He shared a comment with me that hits home the point that you should absolutely LOVE what you do for a living.

"I love what I do so much; I feel like I have never worked a day in my life!"

When you can create that sort of job for yourself…wow…then you will truly be living a life that you love.

Dealing With Bad News

November 2, 2012…

It's destined to come. We're all bound to hear it at one time or another, and over the course of our lives, we're bound to hear it a lot. Bad news. It could come from a doctor, a boss, a family member a friend…but it WILL come.

But then what?

Don't Be Afraid to Knock on the Door

November 1, 2012…

I met Baily Susic in 2009 traveling across the country. She lived in Baltimore, Maryland and worked with the Pro Bono Counseling Project. I asked her about what it took to succeed.

"You just have to put yourself out there a little further than other people normally would."

Affirmations Make a Difference!

October 31, 2012…

In traveling through Baltimore, Maryland, I met a woman named Dr. Hattie Washington. She runs a residential homes for boys. Next to the door in the home, there is a sign that the boys read daily:

"I am smart. I am great. I am nice. I am lovable. I am handsome." (Evidently, the boys insisted on including the "I am handsome" part.)

Why is Having a Purpose Important?

October 30, 2012…

I am a big believer in having a life purpose. I believe that "purpose" is what keeps us going when we don't want to. Having a purpose helps us keep our head…when life pushes us down. Having a purpose is what keeps our feet moving forward…when our body is tired from hearing "no" after "no." Without a purpose, we are thrown into a position of walking aimlessly…in every area of our lives. Find your purpose, and bring increased passion into your life.

Looking To Find Your Purpose?

October 29, 2012…

"When a solid purpose is present, passion easily comes."

I have had the privilege to interview hundreds of people in my life who are living their purpose. How did they find their purpose?

Challenges Always Come With Big Dreaming Territory

October 28, 2012…

Sometimes in life...when you have a goal and are driven by a just keep going, No doubt you have a choice to quit, but is that what will really make you feel better in the end?


Challenges…problems…failures…it's impossible to chase something big without having to handle matching hurdles. They will always come with "Big dreaming" territory…accept it.

Extra Mile People Have an Advantage in Life

October 27, 2012…

It's definitely true: Extra Mile people do have an advantage in life.

It's not that they have more money. It's not that they have more hours in a day. And it's not that they have come from amazing backgrounds and have movie-star good looks. It's none of these.

The advantage that extra-mile people have is that they TRY HARDER.

Don't Let Age Stop You

October 26, 2012…

Our chronological age often establishes mental barriers. Age rationalizations such as "I'm too old to go back to school" or "I'm too young to start my own business" are excuses that severly limit allowing us to live a life that we would truly love.

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