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Fresh out of high school in 1977, I entered the United States Military Academy at West Point. I had no idea how much I would learn or how the journey ahead of me would unfold. My cadet training shaped not only my leadership approach throughout my military service, but also influenced how I run my business today.My first year, I learned self-defense by hand-to-hand combat training using pugil...
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A few years ago, I spent four wonderful days in Kona, Hawaii, where I had the pleasure of speaking to a well-known financial group.My job was to give them the tools they needed to embrace the changes and intense growth they were then experiencing and would inevitably continue to experience in the coming years. I knew tensions were high, but I was prepared. And this is why:The morning before my...
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I was inspired by something I read by SUCCESS blogger Patti Johnson, who said back to school for kids is like adult New Year’s. She’s absolutely right. All the promises we make to ourselves as the calendar winds down to Day 365 and turns over to Day One are the same pledges that students make every summer’s end as they head back to school.I will be a better student.I will make...
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Before my family and I left for our European vacation a few weeks ago, I did what was needed to make sure I had a phone that would work overseas. I wanted to stay in touch with and be available for my office, but despite my best efforts, the phone failed me in Europe.I was frustrated at first, but my “broken” phone was actually a blessing in disguise—my unplugged life turned out...
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Summer break is almost over. The only upside to the pool closing and no more sleepovers during the week is that each new school year offers a fresh start full of possibilities.When I was a student, I wanted summer to last forever, but I also liked the back-to-school rituals—of seeing the new school schedule, finding out who was in my classes and most of all, buying new school shoes. I...
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Have you ever used fear as motivation? This might seem conflicting to some, but good fear can be a powerful stimulus in creating change—if you channel it the right way.The greats in sports and business know how to use their emotions to their advantage, and no one—in my opinion—exemplifies this principle better than Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tony La Russa. Throughout...
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Last week I was asked to complete an “About the Author” questionnaire. I enthusiastically answered questions about my favorite words, best day and why I chose my career. The next question made me pause—for a long time. “What is the best career advice you have ever received?”I knew that one would take a few minutes, so I grabbed more iced tea and started writing my...
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