Who You Spend Time With Will Determine Your Future

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Since we were kids our parents warned us about hanging out with the wrong people, and as adults, we look back and realize they were exactly right. The truth is, the people you run with are the people who will inspire, educate, and motivate you. In short, they have a very big impact on your future. I was watching one of my “guilty pleasure” TV programs the other day:

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Want To See Change Happen Next Year? Here’s How to Keep Your Resolutions

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The greatest secret to making New Year’s resolution’s work is understanding the power of change. Want to lose weight? Get a better job? Go back to college? Find a spouse? Get closer to God? Whatever it is, understand that real change is one of the most difficult things we’ll ever do.  In fact, even the threat of death doesn’t make some people change.  In my book: “Jolt! Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing” I reveal one study indicating that within only two years, 90% of open heart surgery patients

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What to Do When People Don’t Recognize Your Talent or Potential

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If your goal is to make an impact in your career or calling, it won’t be long before you meet someone who doesn’t recognize (or even dismisses) your talent. Early in my career, I worked for a man who thought so many of my ideas were stupid that he fired me. But after I left, I used those same “stupid” ideas to help other organizations do amazing things. But sadly, my experience has been echoed throughout history. For instance:

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Why People Skills Trump Everything

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A leadership principle that I strongly believe is that “People skills are more important than whatever skill it takes to do your job.”  You may be a brilliant lion tamer, bus driver, coach, teacher, salesperson, or marketing director. But if you can’t get along with people on your team – and better yet, inspire them – the odds are you’ll never get far enough to

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Is It Time For You To Rise Above?

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Do you ever get tired of dealing with idiots, jerks, egomaniacs, budgets, lack of vision, rules, deadlines, guidelines, and timelines? You could always just deal with it. In fact, you could wallow in it, and many people do. After all, it gives you some great reasons for complaining, and if you’re a complainer, then go for it. But if you’re different, innovative, and original, then you simply have to rise above it. There are plenty of websites, books, and simplistic quotes that tell you

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How To Overcome The Five Greatest Fears

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What are you afraid of? You may not be a wimp, but the truth is, everyone is afraid of something. And chances are, when you get to the root of your fear, you start discovering what’s holding you back. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, successful, unsuccessful, famous or not famous, fear is a problem for everyone. David Sanford has written that the five greatest fears of professional people are:

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There Is No Formula For Success, But….

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Whenever a book, seminar, or speaker pitches you on a “success formula,” walk away. There is no proven formula for success, because if there was, everyone would be following it. Success happens in different ways to different people and it’s nearly impossible to forecast. But you can have the elements in place to make success worth betting on. Remember – life isn’t fair, and there’s no guarantee about anything. But if you can get these 5 elements in place, then you open the door to the possibility of the miraculous:

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The Difference Between a Failure and a Screw-Up

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I wrote recently on what I call the “failure fad” sweeping leadership circles. While we can all learn from failures, there seem to be some who almost obsess on it, and actually encourage people to fail. But after giving it even more thought, perhaps we need to understand the difference between

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