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22
Dec

Jingle Away the Holiday Stress

One of my favorite holiday movies is “Jingle all the Way” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. It shows how crazy the holidays can get when you believe that you must buy the perfect gift for your children and that you must keep up with the Joneses in all the best holiday decorations. But movies can reflect real […]

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14
Dec

Giving Thanks can fill you with success

Nov. 26 was the day we gave thanks. According to my eighth-grade history teacher, Thanksgiving represents our thanking the Native Americans for helping the Pilgrims to have a bountiful meal when they were on the verge of starvation. But this holiday has grown much greater than its origins and acts as a day when we […]

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08
Sep

Need Grit? Need to be Unstoppable? Check out how the Wright brothers did it

Due to a popular TED talk by Dr. Angela Duckworth as well as her best-selling book, Grit has captured the attention of the world as a main ingredient to the success formula. But what is grit? And more importantly, how can you develop grit in your life? To best answer this question, let’s turn the […]

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30
Aug

True Treasure lies in pursuit of Mastery

Unable to sleep the other night, I turned on the television and watched my favorite show, “The Twilight Zone.” While most “Zones” usually leave me thinking at a philosophical level, this one had a big impact. This particular episode opens with Mr. William Feathersmith, a very rich and very successful business man, acquiring the last […]

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01
Aug

Serenity Now

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Annika Sorenstam, considered one of the all-time great golfers, achieved to the highest level of her profession because she only focused on […]

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17
Mar

Leadership Lessons from John Wooden

A few weeks ago, the Vanderbilt Men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings came into the national spot light for his leadership style. If you did not follow what happened, Stallings was caught on tape screaming obscenities at one of his players. Stallings believed this player was taunting an opposing player after the game. While many people […]

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01
Mar

Life and Leadership lessons from Tina Fey

By chance, at my local library, I found an audiobook of BossyPants by Tina Fey. While I am sure reading this autobiography is quite hilarious, the audio version is read by the often sarcastic Fey to the listener’s delight. We get to travel with her, from her awkwardness with boys to her unmitigated love for […]

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10
Feb

Would you fail the Marshmallow Test? A case of willpower

In his latest book, The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control (2014), Walter Mischel describes decades of research related to willpower. In his now famous test conducted in the 1960’s, Mischel and his colleagues sat four year olds at a desk and in front of them was a marshmallow. They then told the children that they would […]

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02
Feb

Don’t let negative emotions drag you down

Do you have a difficult time letting go of a bad event? Do you carry negative baggage with you throughout the day? Is your inability to be in the moment hurting your success? Perhaps this is the year that you incorporate a post-event routine into your daily lineup. A post-event routine is a series of […]

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22
Dec

Don’t Be Perfect this Holiday Season

The holiday pressure is on. The pressure to be perfect. To have that perfect Christmas tree with the perfect lights. To cook that perfect holiday feast for your guests. To keep that perfect holiday cheer. Carl Jung, the most famous psychologist this side of Sigmund Freud, once declared, “Perfection belongs to the gods: the most […]

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