Inspiring Yourself to Action

Earlier this week, I stumbled upon a lecture delivered by the “Father of the American Nuclear Navy,” Admiral H. G. Rickover. The lecture, delivered in September 1982, was titled “Thoughts on Man’s Purpose in Life.” In its entirety, the Admiral’s views on life, and the guiding principles he lived by, really struck a chord with […]

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If You Want to Change the World, Start by Making Your Bed

I’ve always admired the men and women of our military, those who are with us today and those who have come before us. I’m humbled by their service and sacrifice. I admire their bravery. I’m inspired by their grit and determination. And when an accomplished military leader speaks, I listen. May 17, 2014, marked one […]

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The Three R’s of Character

We’ve all been there. Sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, slowly inching your way forward, when you notice a car at a stop sign with their blinker on, patiently trying to turn in to traffic. One by one, the drivers in front of you do everything they can to block that car from entering their lane. When […]

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Small Biz: There’s No Shame in Second Place

For years, sporting events and competitions have taught us that the ranking system for being a winner is first, second, and third place. Gold, silver, and bronze. You’re a winner in all three areas, but it’s a little different when you get into first place. During the Olympics, you stand on a step that is […]

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Have You Developed Your Opinion Filter?

In a world where everyone has an opinion, who should we listen to? Marketers bombard us with products and services that we must have in order to live a happy and productive life. Our social media feed barrages us with advice on how to feel. News pundits tell us how we should think. Employers, colleagues, […]

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Why We Fear Failure

Fear. A four-letter word that we all struggle with. Fear—especially the fear of failure—impacts the decisions you make and the actions you take. When left unchecked, it can become an obstacle that stands between you and your goals. Fear of failure is a real thing. It’s an emotional, mental, and behavioral reaction to the anticipated […]

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The One Trait That Separates Successful from Average

As a successful restaurant owner neared retirement, he had a decision to make. He could find a buyer for his restaurant, give it to one or both of his sons, or close it down altogether. After carefully studying his options, he made the decision to pass his restaurant to his youngest son. When he pulled […]

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What We Can Learn from the Greatest Generation

In his book The Greatest Generation, journalist Tom Brokaw profiled the men and women who grew up in the United States during the Great Depression and then went on to fight and win World War II. Brokaw declared that those who suffered, sacrificed, and persevered during that stretch of time are unquestionably America’s Greatest Generation. […]

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