Monday, August 11, 2014

The Magical Power of Generosity

I recently experienced an incredible "coincidence" that occurred soon after an act of generosity.

In the video below, I share this story and some reminders on how generosity helps you achieve greater success both personally and professionally.


Monday, July 21, 2014

What a Homeless Man Taught Me About Success

As I stepped out onto the street in downtown Philadelphia, I felt invigorated by the cool, crisp morning air. My senses were extra alive that morning. I had just spent most of the previous three hours sitting absolutely still with my eyes closed at a mindfulness retreat led by my good friend and mentor, Michael Carroll.
We had a short lunch break from the retreat. I was heading back to my hotel to grab a bite of the food I had packed.
Due to my heightened senses, everything seemed to glow with beauty in the bright morning sun. The gentle breeze, although chilly, made me smile.
About midway between the retreat center and my hotel, I approached a large man wearing a green winter coat who was sitting on the sidewalk in front of a MacDonald's.
It appeared as though he had slept outdoors. It also appeared as though he had too much to drink the previous night. He still smelled of alcohol and he had some dried vomit on the front of his green jacket.
I greeted the man with a smile as I approached. He returned my greeting and he smiled, too.
After exchanging a few words, he asked, "By any chance would you be able to get me a hamburger from MacDonald's?"
This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post.  To continue reading, please click here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

3 Great Questions for Being a Superb Conversationalist

"Oh no! Another networking reception?"
Do you ever feel this way when you think about the next social event where you'll be a room full of people you don't know and expected to "network"?
Do you think, "Not another hour of, 'So, where are you from?' and "What do you do?'"
Are you starting to yawn and nod off in boredom, and look like the baby above, just imagining such dull conversation?
In a recent article I wrote for Huffington Post, I share three simple questions that can transform your conversations at mixers, networking events, or even meeting someone while on an airplane. In fact, these questions can even be asked to invigorate conversations with people you've known for years.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Five Tools for Mastering Fear

Of the many unpleasant emotions we can experience, fear may just top the list.

But fear is more than just physically unpleasant. Fear can also keep us from pursuing the things in life that really matter -- like following our dreams, and developing and taking care of important relationships.

I have good news though. We can be free from the grip that fear often has on us.
Fearlessness is trainable!
1. How experience reduces fear.
I used to be very afraid of getting up in front of people and speaking. I would get sweaty palms and my stomach would be so tied up that I wouldn't be able to eat. I would experience so much tension in my neck and shoulders that I would almost always have a headache by the time I had to speak or shortly thereafter.
Each time I spoke though, I noticed afterword that it wasn't that bad. This is a trend I've noticed throughout my life. Things I fear are never as bad in reality as I make them out to be in my mind.
So one element of training for fearlessness is to simply push ourselves to do things that we fear so that we have more opportunities to develop the wisdom that the things we fear are always worse in our minds than they are when we actually experience them.
As I continued to get up in front of audiences and speak, my fear continued to diminish. Now I speak all the time in front of groups ranging from 10 people to 1,000 people, and there is no longer any fear associated with doing it.
2. Practicing investigation of our inner worlds.
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Friday, June 27, 2014

How to Be More Authentic - A Simple Step

I recently had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine about my upcoming wedding.

My friend offered a simple, yet powerful tool for being more authentic in our conversations.

I share this story in the video below.  Enjoy!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Change Your Life by Changing What You Measure

While on my way to Niagara Falls, Ontario, I was reviewing my notes for a keynote speech and was reminded of some fascinating research on near death experiences.

As I describe in the video below, the inspiring findings of the research should cause us to re-think our priorities and what we measure in our lives.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader Who Makes a Difference

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I was recently in Salt Lake City, Utah, when I heard a story that inspired me deeply.

The story reminded me how meaningful and impactful our lives are, and how we can make a difference no matter what our current position is in life.

I share this story in the video below.



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