Don’t Buffer Failure

Don’t Buffer Failure

I recently sat down and talked with Dennis Stanton on my podcast.  Dennis fell in love with basketball at an early age, he had his ups and downs with the sport but, his senior year in college, he was an all-American and led the nation in scoring.  He played professionally in Europe.  He is an Athletic Director at Souderton Area…
Navigate with Curiosity

Navigate with Curiosity

I was recently interviewing Tony Bond on my podcast, and we were talking about how you can build meaningful connections and community. Tony is the Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of Great Place to Work, the global research and analytics firm that produces the annual Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list, among many others. When I…
Staying Resilient

Staying Resilient

Many thanks to Kristin Smedley for being a recent guest on my podcast, UnYielded: Thriving No Matter What, which is all about flourishing and putting our energy into a place of positive influence.  Kristin shared her experience of learning that her infant son was blind.  More than that, Kristin shared what she has learned about resilience during that journey. One…
Harvesting the Wisdom in Your Life

Harvesting the Wisdom in Your Life

We all know someone like this: they’ve been doing what they do for twenty years and they think that gives them twenty years of experience, when, in fact, they have one year of experience that they’ve simply repeated for twenty years.    Years ago, when I was around 23 or so, I had an epiphany that was painful at the time…
Tips for Saying No Gracefully

Tips for Saying No Gracefully

Fact: You are always saying no to something. I used to be one of those people who could never say “no” to anyone. Then one day it occurred to me that I was making choices. Every time I said “yes” out of obligation, I was saying “no” to something else; and, often, what I was saying “no” to was more important…
The Tree Climbing Principle

The Tree Climbing Principle

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great.” - Joe Sabah As a kid, I was a champion tree climber. (To be completely transparent, that was a made-up title that I bestowed upon myself.) I never met a tree that I couldn’t climb. My best friend, Harold, was not (and, yes,…
My Dreams Deserve the Chance of a Yes

My Dreams Deserve the Chance of a Yes

“100% of the shots that you don’t take, don’t go in.” Wayne Gretzky Back in 2002, I was at a conference where they announced that Entrepreneur Press was putting together a book called Masters of Success.  They were looking for a variety of stories some of which would be about people overcoming obstacles.  I thought about my speech problems and…
Confronting our demons

Confronting our demons

"Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing."-- August Wilson (1945-2005), American Playwright This quote speaks to me in so many ways.  The people whom I meet that are the most compelling and powerful and inspiring are those people who…