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I discovered an interesting concept the other day that truly spoke to me. In an interview with the New York Times, Bob Pittman, chairman and chief executive of Clear Channel Communications, discussed the concept of weeding the garden as it relates to business. He said, “One thing I preach is, “Weed the garden.” If I try 10 new things and, just for example, let’s say two are clear winners and two are clear losers. That means I’ve got six in between. What do I do with those? Most organizations let everything live except the clear losers. And what happens over time is that stuff in…

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There are two things in life that you will never catch me without – my cell phone and a notebook. Electronic addiction aside, my notebooks are (without a doubt) my most prized possessions. I use them constantly to record thoughts and random bits of inspiration and wisdom. There’s nothing like looking though your old journals and uncovering a hidden gem that speaks to you in a moment of need. I recently ran across this ditty that I jotted down this past August after attending the Global Leadership Summit. The 13 rules are from Gen. Colin Powell who spoke to attendees…

She was alone, unkempt, unhappy and looking straight at me. I smiled but she didn’t return the sentiment. She just stared. We continued on to dinner with some friends from soccer and honestly, I forgot about her. I forgot about her, that is, until we exited the building and watched her try to assume a comfortable sleeping position on a sidewalk bench. It was then that my heart broke. The bench was made of metal and the breeze was picking up. It was getting cold and it was clear that her circumstances weren’t good. The kids started asking questions. “Is…

This is not a lecture, I’m guilty of it myself. Capturing moments. Sharing them with others. Multi-tasking. Catching up. Checking-in. And on and on and on… The problem is that we miss out on so many real, true moments in life. Moments that we don’t even realize we are missing out on. This video is an excellent reminder of valuing them. Big thanks to Joe M. for sharing it with me!

No one wants to look stupid. I know that personally, I’ve spent a lot of my life avoiding situations and opportunities where that might happen. But I find a lot of truth in this quote. Looking back, I realize that it was in those exact moments where the magic happened. So I say to you – look stupid. It is worth it.

I hate this hill. This hill and I do not get along. I knew it too, from the day I discovered and first tried to conquer it. (Years ago. Yeah, we go way back.) In my gut I knew that it would eventually evolve into something symbolic that would rise again to try and mock me. And this morning it did. I’d been up early contemplating the desire to get a jump on the day’s workload versus relieve some stress. I somehow (miracle of all miracles) managed to talk my slacker self into donning my running shoes in favor of…

“Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.” -Lucille Ball I love (not really) hearing people discount other’s accomplishments as LUCK. As if their hard work and talent didn’t have anything at all to do with it. While yes, success is sometimes being at the right place at the right time, fortuitous circumstances are not just happenstance. Most of the “overnight success” stories people admire are anything but “overnight.” It takes years of…