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Pushing Past Rejection

When was the last time you were rejected? Were you presenting an idea to your boss? Initiating a new relationship? Making a sales pitch to a client? No matter what the situation was, I’m sure it was rough. Being rejected is hard, and regardless of the other person’s intention, it always feels personal. When I […]

Who are you?

Building my business was hard. At times, it was overwhelming, discouraging, and frustrating. But it was worth every bit of work, energy, and sleepless night. Because if it weren’t for my business, I may not have ever learned who I really am. Last week I wrote about Kenneth Blanchard’s stages of success. I mentioned that […]

The Four Stages of Success

If you haven’t read Kenneth Blanchard’s One Minute Manager series, you should. Even though the first one was originally published twenty years ago, the books are still relevant today. In fact, I feel so strongly about Blanchard’s ideas that I’ve incorporated his four stages of development into my own business philosophy. Here’s a quick explanation […]

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Happy New Year!!

I realize that January 2014 is already over, so it’s a belated Happy New Year. I wonder how many people have already given up on their New Year resolutions? Well it’s only February 5th and you can recommit! Wayne Macnamara has some great posts on his blog about setting goals. 2014 was such a great […]

Eight Strengths that Will Change Your Life

For a couple of months when I was seventeen, my days were anything but typical. They began at 5:00 a.m., when I would bolt out of bed to run in formation with a number of other people. For the rest of the day, I could expect to be yelled at by drill instructors, and to perform endless repetitions of push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups. I also learned how to hang my uniform properly, spit-shine a boot in seconds flat, and make my bunk up flawlessly. It wasn’t easy—in fact, it was more challenging than anything else I had experienced before—but that was the point