Pass the Decision Making Hat

In The Decision Maker, Dennis Bakke argues that in most organizations the leaders make the decisions.  After all, they are the people most equipped to make the decisions, right?  Dennis challenges that thought, and I’m going to ask you to do the same.  Who in your business has the power, authority, and responsibility to make decisions?…

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Understanding Your Primary Question

The dichotomy of being happy today and yet wanting to do better is something that has fascinated me for years. You read articles or hear teachers say the key to happiness is not getting what you want, but wanting what you have. This is called being content. You are content when you are satisfied with…

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The Strangest Secret

Who controls your life? At first, you might answer, “I do, duh!” But upon closer inspection, you might be surprised at the real answer. Men and women today suffer from a unique problem: Not taking time to think. In general, we get so busy “doing” that we forget to take time to think about why, or…

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How To Fail Successfully

Embrace Failure! We often spend our lives trying to avoid failure.  On the surface that makes sense, failure hurts.  It can be the source of much pain and frustration.  On the other hand, it is also the source of all learning and progress.  Think about anything you are good at.  I can guarantee you were…

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The Two Skills of Leadership

What makes an entrepreneur do what he or she does? How do you dare to risk everything in order to create something? It can’t just be about the money. If that were it, there are easier ways. What gives you the courage to try against incredible odds? The answer: A little bit of crazy mixed…

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Nothing Really Matters

One of my mentors, Darren Hardy, wrote an article on his blog about decreasing stress.  I love some of the things Darren talks about.  Some of which I would like to talk about as well, so I wanted to make sure he got credit, while additionally adding my own flavor to this topic. One of the things…

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An Easy Secret to Success

I’m not sure how long ago it happened. I cannot tell you exactly what it was that prompted it. It may have been something that happened to me, or it may have been something I read or heard. This much I do know: It dramatically changed my life forever. Since discovering this secret, nothing in…

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Release the Stress

Are you tired of feeling stressed out? One of the most frequent complaints I hear involves the word “STRESS.” It usually goes something like, “I am just so stressed out with everything I have to do.” As a business owner, I could easily say, “I sympathize with you.” But the reality is, I don’t really have…

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Defining Who You Are

One of the biggest challenges facing any business is to decide what you are and what you represent.  What do you stand for?  How do you distinguish yourself from the competition?   What makes your business unique and different? Deciding on your values and your purpose is an undertaking that is well worth your time and effort.  It is not easy to do. …

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