How to Avoid a Blow Up or a Melt Down: Check Your Reaction!

Do you ever find yourself in a stressful situation and feel your blood begin to boil? That happens to all of us, doesn't it? Perhaps it happens at home with an irritating family member or at work with a frustrating colleague.  Maybe its a loud and obnoxious neighbor or an annoying relative who really puts … Continue reading How to Avoid a Blow Up or a Melt Down: Check Your Reaction!

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The Source of Courage: Lessons from an 18th Century Painter!

Is there anything in your life that terrifies you? Something that would require courageous faith to overcome? Are there challenges, threats, fears or worries that seem insurmountable? If you said yes to any of those questions, you aren't alone.  We all face difficulties in life.  This reality is part of the human experience, but it isn't what … Continue reading The Source of Courage: Lessons from an 18th Century Painter!

Stand Out From the Crowd: Tip 13 – Check Your Reaction

During my third year of university, I accepted an internship in Washington DC working at a think tank and lobbying firm called The Family Research Council.  The experience afforded me the opportunity to connect with a wide range of political insiders. One of the people I spent time with during my internship had previously worked as … Continue reading Stand Out From the Crowd: Tip 13 – Check Your Reaction

Stand Out From the Crowd: Tip 12 – Never Stop Learning

If we want to stand out from the crowd, we need to continue growing, learning and acquiring knowledge.  There are really only three resources at our disposal to accomplish this; experience, conversation and reading.  Every person of great influence has leveraged these three resources to the best of their ability. The 3 Way to Develop Your … Continue reading Stand Out From the Crowd: Tip 12 – Never Stop Learning

Stand Out From the Crowd: Tip 9 – Do The Grunt Work

As a first year teacher I was eager to make a good impression.  The superintendent of the school district I worked for at the time, met with each new teacher for about 10 minutes in the first few months of the year.  This was the biggest meeting of my nascent professional career and I was excited to … Continue reading Stand Out From the Crowd: Tip 9 – Do The Grunt Work

Stand Out From the Crowd: Tip 8 – Identify Your Band of Brothers

The television mini-series Band of Brothers, based on a book by Stephen Ambrose, recounts the true and heroic story of a group of soldiers during World War II. Against all odds, these men, like so many others in times of war, bonded in a way that knit their lives together with as strongly as family. … Continue reading Stand Out From the Crowd: Tip 8 – Identify Your Band of Brothers

Stand Out From the Crowd: Part 6 – Check Your Work

In 2005 an stock trader for the Japanese company Mizuho intended to sell a single share in a newly offered company called J-COM. While preparing for the trade he accidentally inverted the transaction details committed what is referred to as a "fat finger" trade. Instead of arranging the sale of 1 share at a price of ¥600,000 ($5,152), he … Continue reading Stand Out From the Crowd: Part 6 – Check Your Work

Stand Out From the Crowd: Part 5 – Check Your Motivation

What motivates you? The answer to this question will determine everything.  It will influence the core of who you are, what you do and how much you accomplish in life. Our world is full of people motivated by power, influence, money, sex or fame.  The problem with these as the central motivations in life is they … Continue reading Stand Out From the Crowd: Part 5 – Check Your Motivation

Stand Out from the Crowd: Part 4 – Thoughtful Opinions!

How many weeks would it take for me to get fired? That was the wager several of my coworkers had after a staff meeting during my first year as a teacher. What prompted this wager? When the principal asked for input on a particular topic, I raised my hand and gave my opinion. That was almost … Continue reading Stand Out from the Crowd: Part 4 – Thoughtful Opinions!