Ralph Waldo Emerson on the Best Day of the Year

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year - Ralph Waldo Emerson What if the best day of the year was today? Would you get out of bed early with a smile and childlike anticipation? Would you be on the watch for miracles, big and small, or opportunities to pounce on?  What … [Read more...]

Jawaharlal Nehru on the Risk of Caution

The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all - Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India I’m a personal finance junkie so the first example of this that comes to mind is saving in “guaranteed” rate CDs which provide a guaranteed but low return, but typically does not even grow at … [Read more...]

Thomas N. Vail on Overcoming Obstacles

Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable - Thomas N. Vail Are you being conquered by worries that haven’t been realized yet? Can you recall worries from the past? Did anything of them ever happen? What if you divided your worry time in half and … [Read more...]

John Lubbock on Seeing Clearly

What we see depends mainly on what we look for -- John Lubbock What are you seeing lately? Growth, opportunity, success? Challenges, difficulties, obstacles? What if you looked for something else? In what areas of your life would you like to change your perspective? … [Read more...]

Jane Addams on Giving Up Too Soon

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world - Jane Addams Some people are held back by fear – fear of failure, fear of success. Addams points out fear can propel us forward: we might instead fear not doing … [Read more...]

Julia Child on Joy

It's a shame to be caught up in something that doesn't make you absolutely tremble with joy. -Julia Child Now there’s a metric I can get behind – not just joy, but joy that makes you tremble. What if we made all of our decisions based on the joy factor? What would you do differently if you … [Read more...]

Tony Soprano on Decisiveness

A wrong decision is better than indecision - Tony Soprano This is a tricky market to look for a job or start a business. The economy is volatile, so employers and customers are fickle. You might put in a lot of work only to lose out on an offer or project. A lot of my clients are hesitant when we … [Read more...]

How to Control Your Emotions

Managing emotions at work can be difficult because we put so much of ourselves into our work. We all have emotions but we don’t have to get emotional at work. The most professional managers are calm, cool and collected. I tell my clients to act like a duck … when a duck glides along the water, … [Read more...]

How to Be Great

I've just read an amazing book by Alan Fine: You ALREADY know how to be GREAT and it is a must read! Why? Because we have all heard about the things we should do to raise our game: how to eat right, exercise, manage our time better, manage our projects better, network ... but for some reason, the … [Read more...]

12 21 12: The Mayans Flunked Big Time

The Mayan Calendar predicted that the world would end on 12 21 12 and here we are with no such event in sight. I've heard 2 reasons why they were wrong: 1) If they were so good at predicting, why didn't they realize their own civilization was on the way out?! 2) they didn't count leap years, so … [Read more...]