Maximum Motivation: How to Get It and Keep It

How to leverage success stories–the most powerful force for motivation

Everyone knows motivation is the key to success. When you are excited, motivated, staying positive, and looking forward to what you have to do, then you are setting yourself up for getting the results you want. But we all live in an imperfect world. Things pop up on a daily basis that get us off… Read more »

Unsatisfied with Life? How to Start Living Bigger

3 ways you can break away from the mediocrity trap

Over the past few weeks, I’ve read a couple of articles about research by Gallup on whether Americans are satisfied or unsatisfied with life. They were asking about people’s personal lives—work, money, relationships, possibilities for the future, etcetera. Lots of people wrote about the results with a big grin. Look at how satisfied we all… Read more »

Improve Yourself by Confronting the Biggest Hurdle

The biggest obstacles are the ones we imagine.

Bullet Bob Turley, hall-of-fame pitcher for the New York Yankees, helped found the company I work for and mentored me for many years. If you wanted to improve yourself, he had decades of wisdom to share. I think of him almost every day. Some years ago, a colleague, Andy Young, was in Naples, Florida, where… Read more »

Prove Your Coachability and Attract the Best Mentors

To get access to the best insights, you have to show you’re up for the challenge.

Coachability isn’t a word, really, but managers, leaders, and mentors are using it more and more. In fact, if I had to use one word to describe the traits of people destined for repeat success, 6 days out of 7 it would be “coachability.” As I wrote in my previous post, you might win once or… Read more »

5 Questions to Expose Your Strengths and Weaknesses

What Maria Sharapova taught us about the 1 moment when character matters most.

Maria Sharapova — one of the greatest women tennis players of all time, winner of Wimbledon at 17, Olympic medalist — gave us all an important lesson four weeks ago on when your personal strengths really matter. At a press conference that most thought was going to be a retirement announcement, she told the world that… Read more »

Feeling Defeated? Coach Yourself Through Tough Times

The essential self-coaching techniques used by high achievers.

Feeling defeated? Believe it or not, we all face tough times—it’s unavoidable. Even the most successful people you know can tell you about the incredible challenges they’ve faced if you ever take the time to ask. But winners find a way to win anyway, because how you respond to tough times determines the kind of… Read more »

Give Yourself This Crucial Advantage for the New Year

Have some fun now to create an awesome twelve months.

It’s that time of year again. Everybody is doing it. Every big news outlet, most bloggers, analysts of all sorts, late-night talk-show hosts, comedians. So why not get in on the action? What am I talking about? Top ten lists! Everyone else uses them; why not you? Even though we’re bombarded with them every year,… Read more »

12 Ways Honesty Pays Bigger Dividends

Freedom and reputation are only the beginning.

It seems like everywhere we look today our heroes are falling—publicly. Volkswagen, deflate-gate, Ashley Madison, two world bridge champions (that’s right, the card game), Atlanta educators. People and companies we trust and admire betray that trust and destroy that admiration. It’s enough to make us believe that sacrificing our values and our character is the… Read more »

3 Crazy Myths That Could Limit Your Success

Don't fall victim to these wrong beliefs about winning.

I couldn’t believe it. I mean, I spend a lot of time talking about why some people win and others don’t, but I’m still shocked when I see the reality playing out around me. I was talking to a friend about my new book, Serial Winner (releasing this week!). She said, “Oh, my brother is… Read more »

2 Things Successful People Say When They Lose

Listen carefully and you can predict the eventual winners.

Football season is in full swing and I couldn’t be happier. I don’t have the time to sit in front of the TV and watch a lot of games, but I do love to watch the drama and strategy play out. I especially love pre-game and post-game interviews. Players and coaches reveal a lot about… Read more »

Want Greater Career Success? Develop a Pioneer Mindset

Don't accept what others say is possible. Find your own answers.

There’s always a way. I knew a woman who worked at a publishing company. Apparently, it’s tough to get into the industry, particularly on the editorial side of the business. The competition is fierce. Even though she was told that getting a job in another department just put you on track for promotions in that… Read more »