Do What Makes You Nervous

Not all of us are born with the “daredevil gene.” Some people thrive on adventure, boldly going where no man has gone before.  The thrill of adventure and even the sense of danger energizes them. Others, not so much. But whether you are a thrill seeker or avoider, it’s often the places that make you nervous, the situations that stretch you and[…]

Don’t Miss Your Moment of Opportunity

Despite your best strategy and planning, sometimes the most important opportunities for your growth and success catch you by surprise. These moments of opportunity are not predictable. They catch you by surprise. For the most part, there’s nothing you can do to force them to happen. However, what you can do is be prepared to “seize the moment” when[…]

Lead With Gratitude

I like taking personality tests – Myers Briggs, Strength Finders, Enneagram, DISC – I’m sure there are others. Probably the one I’ve used the most is the DISC test which gives you a “score” in each of these four personality types: Dominant – change-agents, leaders, extroverted, task-oriented Inspiring – outgoing, communicators, extroverted, people-oriented Supportive – reliable, consistent, stable,[…]

Your Calling Hidden in Plain Sight

In life, there are constant demands on your time and attention.  It’s easy to get lost – to find yourself going through the motions. You are working hard, paddling as fast as you can, trying to keep your head above the waterline and not drown in your to-do list. Along the way, perhaps you stop and[…]

What You Need to Grow

Recently, I was on the phone with a client. We had started a ghostwriting project with them, and the first draft just didn’t turn out the way either of us hoped. Capturing someone’s story in the right way, with the right tone and “voice,” is not an exact science. Sometimes the writer nails it, but not[…]

The Secret Formula to Success

Everyone wants to be successful. Books are written about it. People attend seminars to discover the secret to success. Philosophers pontificate on the meaning of success. How do you define success? Well, not to be outdone, my brother recently sent me an email (You may have seen a variation of this yourself) that quantified success[…]

How To Start Building An Author Brand Before Your Book is Published

Even before your book is published, it is possible to build an author brand that creates excitement and anticipation for your product. Experienced publishers will often insist on the importance of authors creating an emotional connection with readers before even they read the author’s work. Your readers should feel as if they know you without[…]