Success Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think It’s Going to

It had finally happened. I was staring at a book sitting on the shelf of my local Barnes and Noble. Many times before I had seen a friend or colleagues book in that same spot and thought to myself, “one day that will be me.” This time, it was the book I’d written, It’s Your Life, LIVE BIG. I can’t really express the pride and joy I felt in that moment.

It was like the well over a decade’s effort I had put in had finally come to fruition. It wasn’t just one thing I did that got me to that point. It was a combination of years of writing, sharing, and building the community I had started many years before. Like most “big goals”, my wanting to become a “traditionally” published author grew overtime.

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Productivity Follows Action Every Time

To do list for productivityThe difference between productivity and procrastination is found in the ability to take the first step in the direction you want to go. This sounds obvious enough, but people often get this mixed up when it comes to productivity. It’s like they think there’s some magic key that opens this super productive lifestyle. In reality, it’s something that’s built up over time.

Think of it like a muscle you build up over time by using it. In short, if you want to get more done, do the small things, build up to a place where you work on the bigger ones, as you tackle those you will grow into a person of action, and in doing so you’ll see procrastination show up less and less.

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How My Father’s Death Taught Me to Take Responsibility for Creating My Future

Man watching a sunsetMy dad had a massive heart attack at 47 years old. I was 21 at the time — just shy of 22. To say it had a profound impact on my life is an understatement. As I’m writing this I’m in my early 40’s. Crazy to think that I’m not that far off from how old he was when he died. Crazier still to think about how that event was a catalyst for change in my own life.

The point of my sharing this isn’t to garner sympathy. Instead, I hope to share some of the lessons I learned as a result. There’s truth in realizing that even the most painful or difficult challenges can bring with them important lessons, assuming we are willing to accept they exist, and be open to identifying them. Often, we just have to get a bit of time behind whatever the experience was to fully realize there was a life lesson to learn.

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How to Lead Your Professional Field With an Entrepreneurial Mindset

If you’ve ever felt uncertain along your career path or in your professional life here are two words you need to embed in your vocabulary right now:

Entrepreneurial Mindset …

No, I’m not saying you have to start your own company, and that’ll be the cure for any and all challenges in your professional life. Not by a long shot.

I’m actually talking about cultivating, and living your life as though you are an entrepreneur, regardless of whether or not you start or run your own business. “What the heck?” I can hear you saying.

What I mean is this. Live your life much the same way an entrepreneur does even if you find yourself working for someone else. Bear with me before you write this off as yet another wacko sharing some nonsense advice.

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What Leadership Means to Me

Leadership written on wood blocksI used to think of leadership simply as something that one aspired to professionally. My thoughts on it changed when I read author and business speaker John Maxwell say “Leadership is influence, nothing more nothing less.” The quote isn’t near as open ended as it may seem at first when you really think about it.

Whether we accept it or not, we all influence countless people in different ways each and every day.  Not always in a monumental way, but we yield influence just the same. If you doubt me consider the following scenarios:

As a parent your influence is vast, not only in your own life, but the lives of your kids. You can even hold influence over the friends of your children. Your points of influence are far reaching. The way in which we live, and the decisions we make, and those we don’t make are all influential in different ways.

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