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A Very Successful Woman

A Very Successful Woman

A Successful Woman Today I was speaking on Zoom with a very successful woman. She has a business as a coach in a very niche industry. As a successful woman CEO she had previously taken a company from startup to annual sales of twenty-eight million dollars in less than...

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Are You Feeling Lucky

Are You Feeling Lucky

Lucky or Not How lucky are you? I am not making reference to things like to lottery or gambling in general. The question goes deeper than that? What I am asking is do you ever stop and realize just how good you have it compared to what others must endure? Hardly a day...

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Inspired by Others

Inspired by Others

Are You Inspired? Lately I have been inspired by people I have encountered who are doing things that seem unexpected, at least to me. What inspires you? For the past few weeks I have been organizing an area speech contest for Toastmasters International. This has...

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A Mass Tactical Assault

A Mass Tactical Assault

That Feeling You Get This is a story that people really enjoy when I present as an after dinner speaker. There is a feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you are in your parachute harness aboard an Illyushin-76 aircraft flying over Belarus. It is hard to...

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Who Do You Love?

Who Do You Love?

Greg Skandalinsky and I first met in high school. We stayed friends through all these years although we hardly even see or speak. But he will surface from time-to-time with another important subject he needs to spout off about. For some reason Greg thinks he needs to...

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A Lasting Impact

A Lasting Impact

The Daunting Task When I was in seventh grade at St. Thomas More parochial school the principal Sister Catherine Patricia came to me with a task. It ended up being one of the most meaningful tasks in my life. It didn’t start that way. In fact, when she told me what I...

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From Mistake to Melon

From Mistake to Melon

Good Fortune Lies Ahead Okay, so I made a mistake. Last night before going to bed I took a quick look at my calendar and saw that I had to be in St. Charles County Municipal Court at 10:00 a.m. It was for a man who had five various traffic violations all growing out...

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Saturday July 24, 2021

Saturday July 24, 2021

Today's Adventures Today’s adventure started out with a trip to the St. Charles Farmers Market. The lovely Rebecca and I headed out first thing to see if we could score something good. This was our first time to the farmers market in St. Charles since we moved here...

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How Do You Find Your Happy?

How Do You Find Your Happy?

Can You Find Your Happy? A question people frequently ask me is how I can be so happy and have a positive attitude all the time. The answer is that I have learned to appreciate the value of each day. Sounds too simple, doesn’t it? That exemplifies why many people have...

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How To Spend This Day

How To Spend This Day

Each Precious Day As you move through all that you will do today keep in mind that it is the only time you are going to get to have this day. April 20, 2021 will never come again in your life. How are you going to use this day? That is a question that I encourage you...

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Pamper Principles Explained

Pamper Principles Explained

Pamper Principles Introduced The Pamper Principles are certain attributes that successful people share. These attributes are necessary to attain real success. Real success is not just about money, power or fame. Real success comes when you can end your day satisfied...

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Consistency Counts

Consistency Counts

Consistency Is Elusive My watchword for this year is consistency. The main reason I chose this word is because I find it difficult to be consistent. I can burn so hot, work so hard and get so much done in short bursts. Then I get distracted. You see, I have been A. D....

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What Is Success?

What Is Success?

Define Success Are you striving for success based on what you think it is or what others tell you it is? That is a question you must confront if you want true success. Because there is no real success without personal satisfaction. It does not matter what your...

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Take More Risks

Take More Risks

Why Not Take More Risks? Recently I asked a coaching client what they would do differently. “Take more risks,” she replied. It was just the right answer at just the right time. Not only was it right for her. It reminded me of one of the most important rules of my...

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I Must Be True To Myself

I Must Be True To Myself

Am I Being True to Myself? Do you ever get tired of trying to do something the way everybody else does it? I know I do. It always leads me to the question of whether I am being true to myself. When I first got into the speaking business, I met a lot of people who...

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Develop a Culture of Confidence

Develop a Culture of Confidence

Establish a Culture of Confidence What is the “culture” in your organization? There is one, you know. Maybe you didn’t set out to have one. It doesn’t matter. One will develop. It always does. Why not make it a Culture of Confidence? Why let an unintended "culture"...

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Reliability Reputation

Reliability Reputation

Reliability About six weeks ago I got an email inquiry from a local chiropractor. He introduced himself and asked if I wanted to get together for a coffee some morning. He knows of me more as a practicing attorney than he does as a speaker and business coach. What he...

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Listening Like a Leader

Listening Like a Leader

Listening to Others These are difficult times for many people. Difficult times bring their own special problems. These are frequently problems we haven’t faced before. Are you listening? To confront, combat and conquer these problems takes proper leadership. It takes...

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Judging Others

Judging Others

Be Careful Judging Others Here is a story about human nature. It illustrates how we so often just see things from our own perspective and fail to see the big picture. We fail to see the fallacy of our own actions while we are bust judging others. The story was relayed...

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Confident Leader in Covid-19 Era

Confident Leader in Covid-19 Era

Confident Leader Fundamentals A confident leader gets results. But having the necessary confidence can be a challenge. Especially during the pandemic. If you are serving in a leadership position right now you are facing a set of issues and circumstances that are...

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Calling Myself Out

Calling Myself Out

Calling Myself Out Worry is nothing more than thinking about a future event and predicting a bad outcome. It is a choice. There is no reason to predict that bad outcome. We do not know what is going to come in the future. It is better we think of a future event and...

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What is Leadership Style?

What is Leadership Style?

Your Leadership Style Each leader has a leadership style that is personal to them. There is no magic formula that works for everyone. It is important to understand some of the fundamentals of leadership so that you can determine what style works best for you. In...

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Confident Leadership is Humble

Confident Leadership is Humble

Leaders Should be Humble If you want to be a real leader, then you have to understand the fundamentals of confident leadership. Some people seem to be natural leaders. That is a myth. Those who appear to come by it naturally have actually studied leadership throughout...

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How Can I Get Leadership Training

How Can I Get Leadership Training

Looking For Leadership Training? There is no real substitute for the leadership training one can get in the military. It isn’t the only place to learn leadership. There are various institutes around the world that offer courses on leadership. I applaud that. As an...

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Covid-19 Fear Response

Covid-19 Fear Response

Covid-19 Fear Mongers In these tumultuous times many well-intended comments are misconstrued. It results from uncertainty, fear, insecurities and worries. It happens as a a result of the Covid-19 fear. That is perfectly understandable. Please Don't Panic For the past...

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Coronavirus Scare

Coronavirus Scare

Coronavirus Panics Public Perhaps you have heard me speak about living beyond fear or creating a Culture of Confidence®. Maybe you have seen some of my blog posts dealing with those subjects. The situation with Covid-19 or the coronavirus compels me to speak out. As...

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Real Estate Professional Workloads

Real Estate Professional Workloads

Real Estate Professionals One of the problems that face a real estate professional is that constant pressure to be on call. Many of your prospective clients have jobs and other responsibilities that make them unavailable during what are called “normal working hours.”...

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Why Compare Ourselves to Others?

Why Compare Ourselves to Others?

Compare and Despair One of the worst things that we can do is compare ourselves to others. I like to call that “compare and despair.” When we start to compare ourselves to others, we are seldom comparing ourselves to someone who is doing worse. We seem to always...

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