Why Small Failures Are So Important to Success

Were you raised hearing the adage:  When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?  It was one of my father’s favorites.  When things didn’t work out the way I hoped, he’d always remind me. But things not working out and failure are different.  When I was in 8th grade I desperately wanted to be a cheerleader at my junior high school – red skirts with grey lining, grey sweaters with a …
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Humbling Experiences

Have you ever thought I would never do that?  Or That would never happen in my family, to my child, in my business? When we see the failures of others, it’s easy to make judgments, to assign blame, to create explanations that make sense of difficult situations. Her brother doesn’t speak to her.  She must have been an awful sister. His son has been in and out of rehab.  It …
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What Do You Think You Deserve?

Are you having one of those days, weeks or months, where you feel like you are getting bad breaks, raw deals, unfair outcomes – things you don’t think you deserve? I just had a huge lesson in what “getting what you deserve” really means. Last week I flew off to the first of two back-to-back conferences.  When I got the car service in New York, they told me it would …
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Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Saturday morning dawned gray and foggy, and I got up ready to walk before the rain started.  But first I made the bed, read the paper, put up the hose, watered the plants, cleared out the clutter under my bathroom sink and finally finally grabbed my phone and headed out the door. Less than 100 yards into it, I felt the first raindrops.  By the time I reached the end …
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What is Essential?

Several months ago, two friends and I each got a Fitbit, a small sensor you clip to your clothes or wear around your wrist.  It syncs with your mobile device and tells you how many steps you’ve taken, your mileage, exertion level and calories burned.  It will even tell you how many hours you slept and whether or not you were restless while you were asleep! My friends and I …
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