Successful People Are People Who Practice A Lot!

Successful People Are People Who Practice A Lot!
Oct

31

2016

Successful People Are People Who Practice A Lot!

One of the lessons I’ve learned as I travel America speaking to all sorts of audiences: It’s human nature to desire success without effort. But unless you have a big inheritance (or a mask and a gun), that probably won’t happen. The ancient biblical proverb says, “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” The most successful people…

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3 Simple Concepts…That Built a Multi-Million Dollar Business
Oct

20

2016

3 Simple Concepts…That Built a Multi-Million Dollar Business

In the spring of 1977, Bon and I determined to begin our own business…an ad agency in Nashville. But, due to terrible spending habits, I’d wasted all the money I’d earned in the three years since graduating from college in 1974. The only money we had was $4,000 that Bonnie’s family and friends had given us as investors in our new business. (To this day,…

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Welcome to the United States of Victimhood!
Oct

18

2016

Welcome to the United States of Victimhood!

We are living in the age of the victim. We live in a culture that worships at the altar of the victim. Americans everywhere are looking for others to blame. If I trip in my neighbor’s yard—it’s his fault. If I hang out at Burger King until I look like a Whooper—somehow Burger King is to blame.   On the surface this may be a comforting…

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Our Dirty Little Secret
Oct

13

2016

Our Dirty Little Secret

Sssshh! Don’t tell anyone, but today there’s a dirty little secret in many of our homes that is robbing us of peace, damaging our witness, and destroying our spiritual vigor. Sure, this might be the introduction to an article about marital infidelity, internet pornography, or one of the other high profile problems. But it’s not. Instead, I’m referring to a plague that we rarely acknowledge…

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6 Ways NOT to Lose Your Job
Oct

7

2016

6 Ways NOT to Lose Your Job

            Like they say: There’s little consolation in being the best-looking horse in the glue factory. Knowing that many of our friends have lost their jobs is little comfort when you lose your job. So, let’s get ahead of the curve—and talk about how to stay employed. 1. Earn your keep. When we’re on the boss’ clock that means we should be working for the boss. Billions…

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The Ultimate Secret for Getting Things Done
Oct

6

2016

The Ultimate Secret for Getting Things Done

There may be five, 10, or even 50 different ways to accomplish a task. But there is always only one best way to do anything. Successful people are those rare people who understand that there is always only one best way to do anything. And, it’s those people who find that best way to do something, then repeats that process over and over and over…

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How “Herd-Think” Kills Success
Oct

3

2016

How “Herd-Think” Kills Success

I call it “herd-think”…the tendency to do exactly what everyone else is doing. People fall into “herd-think” for various reasons:                                                                        1) They incorrectly assume that others are smarter.                                                  2) They are too lazy to think for themselves.                                                                 3) They are afraid to take “the path less traveled.” Suppose I asked you to select a number between one and a 100….

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3 Truths Successful People Understand…That Failures Never Figure Out
Sep

22

2016

3 Truths Successful People Understand…That Failures Never Figure Out

Successful people tick differently from other people. They see things differently. They process data differently. They approach challenges differently. Here are 3 truths that successful people live by. Success Truth #1: Not Everyone Is Going to Like You—Get Over It! Successful people are true to themselves. They set high standards of performance and integrity. But, they don’t allow others to define them. Most of us…

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Want to Resolve a Conflict? Here are 4 Things Not to Do.
Sep

14

2016

Want to Resolve a Conflict? Here are 4 Things Not to Do.

As I write this, Bon and I are in Dubrovnik, Croatia for a series of speaking engagements. Yesterday, we had the day off…and an opportunity to visit this most beautiful Mediterranean coastal city. However, the peace and calm were abruptly halted when three men began a very load argument in the middle of the old city street. After several moments, things calmed down. But, once again,…

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Businessman jumping with a rope isolated over a white background
Sep

12

2016

5 Reasons Why Conflict Resolution Fails

This morning I spoke to an audience on the Celebrity Equinox Cruise Ship somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea…about how to resolve conflict. But, in truth, sometimes resolving a conflict can take a Herculean effort. How many times have you gone away from a conflict feeling as though nothing beneficial happened? As an executive coach, I’ve found five important reasons why attempts at conflict resolution often…

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