We Can Only Be Great Doing Things We Really Want To Do

Until you follow your whims, you can't know what you really want.

Every big idea starts out as a whim: “Hmm, wouldn’t that be great?” Until we follow the idea, we can’t be sure if we actually want it. In other words, it’s important to follow your natural curiosity. We all have different things that intrigue us. That’s what makes us unique. It’s following our natural curiosity that… Read more »

3 Questions to Ask Before You Quit

And 2 simple things you can do to regain control.

When I was building my business, I considered quitting a lot. It was a rough few years. I wasn’t making enough to support my family. My team missed goal after goal. Our growth was snail-paced. I was even labeled “Turkey of the Month” in a nationwide newsletter. Entrepreneurs face similar circumstances all the time. It’s… Read more »

The Best Leaders Have The Best Systems

How winners accomplish big and important things

Leaders are difference makers. They are catalysts who make positive things happen with available people, ideas, and resources. Which is why the world judges leaders first on what they actually accomplish, not the quality of their ideas or the strength of their vision. Strategy is important, innovation is important. But in the long run, a leader has… 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 »

6 Strategies for Turning New Employees into Winners

Maximize their potential by setting them up for success at the start.

Growing up, I spent a lot of time on my grandparents’ farm. I watched my grandfather plant crops every year. It was amazing how much effort he had to put in during the planting season. The only other time that took as much or more work was harvesting. He had to overdo it at the… Read more »

4 Non-negotiables for Winning Leadership

The keys to making big things happen with your team.

Winning leaders are people who make positive things happen. For me, that’s the definition of leadership. If you aren’t making things happen with your team, you’re just running a social club. Benjamin Hooks, a civil rights leader and the former head of the NAACP, once said, “If you think you are leading and turn around… Read more »

The 1% That Makes All the Difference

Change your rate of success at anything with this approach.

I have always loved watching interviews with PGA golfer Paul Goydos. He’s funny and his insights are dead on. Seven or eight years ago, he was being asked in interviews what made Tiger Woods better than most players. He said, essentially, if we go out on the golf course and hit the same shot, my… 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 »

Andre Agassi: The Come Back

A comeback is possible, if you're willing to pay the price.

Determination is Essential for Progress In 1998, tennis star Andre Agassi dropped to 140th in the world. Have you ever gotten totally discouraged and off course? Have you ever in your life been in a prolonged slump? Or have you ever been unable to figure out which end is up and what to do next?… Read more »

How To Go From Mediocre To Great

In a world filled with mediocrity, greatness really stands out. Here’s how those who do great things separate themselves from the masses. Once you see what it takes, you might be surprised at how close you actually are.