Three Things to Remember When Dealing with Pride

The struggle with pride has been a battle that I have fought with limited success for my entire life. As a man, it seems that pride is an inherent part of my personality-a trait that is built into my DNA. In even the most humble men I know, I still sense a low level of […]

Redefine Failure and Achieve More in 2015

The week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day is an ideal time to spend some time reflecting on the previous year. If you set goals (or made resolutions) at the end of 2013, this is the time to look back over your year and take stock of what you did (and didn’t) accomplish. Every […]

Four Steps to Accomplish Your Goals in 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, our minds turn to thoughts of change. About half of all Americans will make at least one New Year’s “resolution,” a personal declaration for change, in 2015. Unfortunately, 25% of those people who make New year’s resolutions abandon them within one week, and 60% give up within six months! […]

How to Turn Your Biggest Parenting Failure Into Success

Leadership is a tricky concept to fully grasp. As I grow and learn more about being an effective leader, many of the preconceived societal notions of leadership are stripped away. Gone is the idea that a leader must wield power unilaterally, making all decisions and steering the direction of all that he “controls.” Solo leadership […]

One Person You MUST Meet on Your Success Journey: Dan Miller

David Letterman used to do a comedy bit where he would interview audience members who talked about their “brush with greatness,” chance encounters with celebrities from Hollywood, sports, politics, and so on. I experienced my own brush with greatness a couple of years ago, and it has changed my outlook on success, helping me to […]

My Ten “Must-Read Books” for 2015

“Not all readers are leaders, but ALL leaders are readers.”     ~President Harry S Truman Leadership, like so many other skills, must be developed and nurtured. While some are born with innate leadership abilities, many leaders need to work daily to improve their skills so that they can lead well. I shunned leadership (and its associated […]

Achieve That Goal One Bite at a Time

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~Lao-tzu “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” ~General Creighton Williams Abrams Jr. “Are we there yet?” ~Every whiny kid on a car trip Goal achievement is not about the destination, it’s about the journey. The more challenging the goal, […]

Is Your Life a Snapshot or a Filmstrip?

On a shelf in my office sits a stunning photo that my wife took at a hot-air balloon festival. This photo is a daily reminder to me that our lives are a filmstrip, not a snapshot. The image offers no hint of the time, money, and hard work that brought to fruition the majestic flight […]

Lessons I Learned From My Students

For eight years, I had the privilege of teaching math at Emerson High School, a Performing Arts Academy in Gary, Indiana. A magnet school, students from throughout the city had to audition and be accepted in a particular area of Performing or Fine Arts in order to attend Emerson. Despite the fact that Emerson was […]