Forget the New Year’s Resolution, Do This Instead to Make Lasting Change

The biggest problem with resolutions is that a vast majority of people never achieve them. Statistics show that 20% of Americans will drop out after just one week of trying. At best, only 8% ever reach their goal. What’s the problem? In general, we over-commit and under-perform. We try to do too much. We underestimate... Continue Reading →

How a Crappy Cup of Coffee Helped Me Find My Purpose in Life and How to Find Yours

Winter in Northern Ohio is tough and the people who live through these winters are even tougher.  It was then and there where I realized my calling, when I knew what I wanted to do with my life. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day... Continue Reading →

5 Reasons Why We’re More Productive on Planes and How to Replicate it at Work

“Please place your seat back and tray table in their full upright and locked position and check to ensure your seat belt is securely fastened.” Now, get to work! Have you ever noticed you get more work done while flying? You’re not the only one. What if we could understand the reasons why we are... Continue Reading →

Looking to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone? Hire a Navy Seal

“Don’t get too comfortable. Ever.” Navy Seal Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. We’ve all probably read this quote or seen something like it on Instagram. Deep down, we know personal growth comes when we depart our comfort zone. Many of us are willing to step outside our comfort zone for short... Continue Reading →

Can a Japanese Manufacturing Technique be the Secret to Self-Improvement?

Americans are terrible at sticking to goals. Just go to any gym in January and look at the crowded parking lot. The same gym will be empty a month later. In fact, 20% of people will drop their New Year’s Resolution efforts after just one week of trying and only 8% will ever achieve their... Continue Reading →

3 Reasons Why Punctuality Will Help your Career

  I’ve always been on time and I think it started with my father. My dad was the guy who always showed up 15 to 20 minutes early for everything. He liked to be on time. I remember when my sister graduated from Boston College. He wanted to get there early. The graduation was downtown... Continue Reading →

Getting Comfortable with Making Mistakes

Many people put off the dream of starting their own business because they are afraid to fail. The truth is, about half of all new businesses will fail in the first five years. But that also means that half will succeed. If you’re thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, consider the six points that I wrote... Continue Reading →

The Truth about Authenticity

  While fake news is often hard to spot, phony advertising, inauthentic companies, and fake people aren’t. I was listening to my favorite podcast the other day and I heard it. I wasn’t listening for it, but it was obvious. Commercials on podcasts usually involve the host telling you how great a product or service... Continue Reading →

Stop Expecting People to be Perfect

I have written many times that leadership is a people business. It's about motivating and challenging people to accomplish big things. If you don't like people, you shouldn't be a leader. The truth is, people are messy. They have fears, anxieties, quirks, annoying habits, hangups, issues, and problems. Each member of your team is probably... Continue Reading →

3 Reasons Why the Struggle is More Important than the Goal

I’m not a runner, but I ran six half-marathons once. Growing up in New England, it was always a dream to one day run the Boston Marathon but training for and running six half-marathons was all I needed to realize how difficult that would be. I learned that running is hard and running long distances... Continue Reading →

The Discipline of Getting Things Done

I love being an entrepreneur. I love being my own boss. The freedom to operate my business the way I want to is everything I hoped it would be. The downside is, I had no idea how much work it would be. With only a small team, the quantity of work to be done by... Continue Reading →

None of the Above

Fair warning, this is not my typical article. It’s not about leadership, business, careers, culture, entrepreneurship, or the military. But it’s related. This post is about the importance of finding common ground and learning how to work with people you disagree with. In the vitriolic, bitter, hateful and often venomous climate that seems to exist... Continue Reading →

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