Nothing is Quieter than Hair Turning Gray

When I was younger, I had my whole life ahead of me. Anything was possible. In fact, when I graduated from high school, my dad said, “Son, you need to go out and get a job right now, while you still know everything.” In a way, he was right. I have never felt more on

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Leadership: It’s About Commitment

What could teaching leadership and obtaining a travel visa possibly have in common? The laws of leadership apply to both, of course. A couple of years ago, I was blessed with an invitation to travel to Ghana with a group of student leaders from the University of Washington. As one of the faculty, I was

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Leaders Step into the Struggle

Often, successful leaders hear comments such as, “Well, you’re lucky that you’ve got all these followers,” or, “You lucked out in your position,” or “If I was in your shoes… I’d be successful too.” The truth is, leaders step up to the position, and they do it by stepping into the struggle. It’s not always

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Conquer the Hill: A strategy to overcome any obstacle

So why do so many businesses fail? Why do leaders struggle in overcoming some of their biggest obstacles? Because at times we all simply forgot how to conquer the hill! See, I have been a runner off and on for some years now. Thankfully, I have been able to stay pretty consistent with it over

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Mr. and Mrs. Smith – Out of Africa!

At our last John Maxwell Team Live Event, the theme was Global Possibilities. A few weeks later, Donniece-Greene Smith and Matthew Nathaniel Smith were on their way to Africa to make a difference to Leaders in Kenya!  We met with Donniece to find out what made them decide to travel to a different continent and what it

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Destined for More!

‘A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be’ Bruce Springsteen’ Life can be challenging as well as easy, often determined by our seasons of life. However, what I have observed in my life and in the lives of

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15 Reasons Why you Need Margins in your Life

You can’t do it all, nor should you. Although the majority of the population is busy and stressed, the more I study successful people, the more I realize that they have margin in their lives. In a recent chat with John C. Maxwell at our last Live Event in Orlando, he shared how he practices

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Clarifying Your Dream

My favorite John Maxwell book is called, “Put Your Dream to the Test”. One reason I enjoy it is because Dr. Maxwell takes the reader through a rigorous 10 question process of fully developing and testing a dream before launching it. The purpose of the questions is of course, to make sure your dreams are

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What Questions Are You Asking?

Years ago when we lived in Dallas, we took our kids to the circus. We loaded up the car and headed to Reunion Arena, where we had a great time watching “The Greatest Show on Earth”. At certain times during the show, my wife and I noticed that our third-born, Zach, was not enjoying the

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Are You Building The Bridge Over Your Reason Why?

The story I am about to tell is based on the semi-historical movie “The Bridge over the River Kwai” which is now preserved in the U.S. Library of Congress. The quote from John Maxwell’s latest book, Sometimes You Win – Sometimes You Learn states that “Man, like a bridge, is designed to carry the load

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