Why Your Reputation is Key to Being Successful

Uncategorized Sep 23, 2022

You are always building or reinforcing your reputation.  Decisions are being made about you by your bosses, your friends, your family, and your coworkers.  As sports talk show host, Colin Cowherd says most decisions made about you are made when you are not in the room.  One of the keys to success is having a strong reputation.  That means that you might need to be there for other people.

Being there for other people means setting aside your needs in order to serve someone else.  For example,  if someone needs you to be a rock, be a rock.  If someone needs someone to have fun with, be that person.  If someone needs you to help them through a challenging time, be helpful.  If someone needs you to bail them out of a Mexican jail, make sure they can count on you.  The point is simple— being ready and able to serve others can help you build a strong personal reputation.

Your reputation is important.  The way others think of you...

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Where Is the Cavalry?

Uncategorized Sep 16, 2022

Let’s be real.

 

Life is not getting any easier.

 

 In fact, it’s going to get more challenging as global issues become more complex.  On the other hand, if you are willing to do the work, think about life differently, and take a different approach, you can achieve amazing success and even surpass your dreams.

 

Don’t look for the cavalry to rescue you.

 

Why?

 

The cavalry is not coming because you are the cavalry.

 

You have to be the first person who decides that there must be a change in your life.

 

Then, do the work to get there.

 

You can even put your own cavalry together.  You must be willing to recruit people including seeing a psychologist who can help you get over mental blocks, hiring a coach who can show you the way, or hiring a consultant that can guide you on how to make money from anywhere in the world.

 

All this is possible, but the cavalry is not coming.

 

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How New and Old Strategies Can Help You Improve Your Life

Uncategorized Sep 09, 2022

 

 

There are an abundant amount of strategies that can either help us deal with our challenges or lead us to greater amounts of success.  These strategies may either be in the back of our minds, dismissed, or even unknown.

 

Every year I learn a little bit more about how to achieve success, and sometimes the lessons that I learn may just lay latent in my mind.

 

This doesn’t just happen to me.

 

Many people get caught up in everyday life.  They have work and personal obligations.  Any leftover time is sapped by distractions or even vices.  This all means that new information may not be utilized.

 

To make our lives better, we need need to use the information we have acquired.

 

Take the time and energy to explore how you can improve your life.  Here are some examples that we might not be aware of or perhaps have dismissed altogether.

 

  • Limiting screen time prevents anxiety.
  • Eating healthy is good for...
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Why Being Persistent Is Important

Uncategorized Sep 02, 2022

Persistence is needed for reaching amazing success.  When you are pursuing a goal, there will be learning curves to climb, challenges to deal with, plans that go awry, twists and turns that happen, changes to adapt to, and other plot twists.

 

Being focused on a goal is not always having a plan and following it to a tee.

 

It’s about adapting to new information and going from there.

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What's Your Focus?

Uncategorized Aug 26, 2022

Challenges.

We all have them.  That’s just a fact of life.

The question is… what do we do with these challenges?  Do we deal with our challenges or do we dwell on them?

There is a difference between focusing on dealing with challenges and dwelling on your challenges.

Dealing with your challenges involves being willing to take positive steps in improving your life and minimizing the impact of your challenges while dwelling on your challenges involves complaining, wallowing, and even using vices or escape mechanisms to deal with them.

Ultimately, we must decide whether we are going to deal with or dwell on our challenges.  

Our decision will make a difference in our lives.

 

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Power of Positivity

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2022

We all have unique challenges and deal with uncomfortable situations in our lives.  This does not give you an excuse to take it out on people or be a bad person.

 

In fact, if you deal with whatever is on your plate, with basic kindness people are more likely to be on your side to help you out.

 

Being positive is not only a feel-good exercise; it’s a principle of success.  It’s not a good idea to see everything as bad, negative, or a threat.

 

Part of getting out of a bad situation and into a better one is just seeing the possibilities of life and being able to move above the negativity, the pain, and the struggle.

 

Focus on positivity.

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How to Navigate College and Succeed After Getting Your Degree

Uncategorized Aug 12, 2022

It’s that time of year when many students go off to college.  I have three students in my life who are going off to college.  I’ve been fortunate that they came to me for a little advice.  I want to share some life lessons that anybody can use in their life.  My job is to write about ideas for life.  Whether you are getting ready for college, graduated years ago, or never set foot on a college campus, you can adopt these principles of life.

 

College meant a lot to me. It really pushed me to find my place in the world.  This was important for me because of the added layers of challenges that my disability presents.  So, when I write about college understand that it was a particularly special time and place for me.

 

These are the nuggets of advice that I wish knew and embraced. 

 

  1. Not vocational training.  A mistake that many people make, and that I made is that college is not meant to be a place for...
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The Loss of Legends

Uncategorized Aug 05, 2022

 

This week the sports world and the world at large lost two icons – Bill Russell and Vin Scully.  Both had very illustrious and successful careers.  Most of all, they were just good guys.  As a fan of the Dodgers, I enjoyed listening to Vin Scully followed his career.  Mostly, I know of Bill Russell through anecdotes.

 

Russell played for the Boston Celtics, the rival of my Lakers, and he dealt with the tumultuous racism of the 1960s.  On one occasion his house was even vandalized.  This type of situation could have easily led to Russell becoming jaded or bitter.  Russell didn’t give into that natural tendency.  Instead, he remained true to himself, rose above the nastiness, and was an all-around good guy.

 

Now, my beloved Vin Scully.  I was at my uncle’s house when Kirk Gibson hit the homerun that won Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.  That was the first time I fell in love with the Dodgers and...

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How the Internet Can Help You Be a Lifelong Learner

Uncategorized Jul 29, 2022

I consider myself a lifelong learner.  I’m always learning about something and asking many questions. As previously stated I really like to learn.

Learning is a journey that is not always a straightforward and linear path.  From the time you are first aware of something, to the time that you embrace or incorporate it into your life takes time.  Being exposed to the information and really embracing it may take weeks, months, or even years.  There was definitely information that took me years to embrace.

This is where the internet comes in.  When you search for something, the internet gives you suggested content that you can consume.  It’s good to have questions.  It’s even better to look for the answers.  Basically, be curious.  Let the questions and search for answers lead you to more questions and more answers.   This is the good kind of rabbit hole.  It’s just fine to get buried in the search for...

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It Could Be Worse

Uncategorized Jul 22, 2022

At least a couple of times a year I write about gratitude because it’s not only a feel-good topic, but it’s a principle of success.  Our primitive brains are wired to see threats and be extra sensitive to what could go wrong.  In old times, when we did not want to be an animal’s lunch, this was a useful tactic, but now it can hinder your progress.

Oftentimes, there are more imagined negative outcomes or issues associated with going after a goal than actual negative outcomes.   In other words, anybody can talk themselves out of anything great.  Even if you meet someone that you are attracted to and would consider making a lifelong partner, you can point to the divorce rate, focus on the person’s flaws, or any other reason you can drum up to keep you from making a commitment.

Another concept that I often think about is that no matter how many challenges we face, we all can look at the flip side.  No matter our situation, it can always...

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