Happiness Is A Damn Good Litmus Test

I define happiness as feeling positive about yourself and the progress you’re making in key areas of your life. Think about your work, your significant relationship, your goals, and even your big dream. These are all things that can and should contribute to our happiness and sense of well-being. But what is happiness, really? You’re […]

A Powerful Tool for Performance

I’m reading a great book now, Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life by Eugene O’Kelly, the former CEO and Chairman of KPMG. one of the top accounting firms in the world. Mr. O’Kelly tells the story of years ago when he ran the famous San Francisco Bay-to-Breakers race with his nine-year-old daughter. The […]

The Power of E + ER = D0 to Change Your Life

Jack Canfield either originated or popularized the formula E + R = O: Event + Response = Outcome. The problem is most people respond to a challenging event with an automatic, subconscious response: E + AR = O: Event + Automatic Response = Outcome. We could also call our Automatic Response a Conditioned Response. That explains […]

Why This Success Guru Is Just Plain Wrong

I read a lot. It all began when I was a teenager and read a short book, Your Greatest Power. That began my quest to better understand myself, to gain insight into human behavior, happiness and yes, “success.” Today I read an article by a prolific writer who deals with these topics. He has a […]

The Hardest Question in Life to Answer

  Years ago I had a friend who sold life insurance. He didn’t really like it and he only made enough money to pay his bills. I suggested he find another kind of sales job; one he was better suited for and one he enjoyed. He insisted he just needed to be more disciplined and focused—that, […]


Happiness—it’s such a broad topic and one we tend to make more difficult than necessary. At work and in life, your level of happiness couldn’t be more important. I was recently a guest on The Energy of Success Podcast, hosted by author, speaker, and trainer Marc Schwartz. Marc is an excellent interviewer and the topic […]

A Leadership Kick In the Ass

One of my favorite authors on leadership is Bill Treasurer–and you can get a free chapter from his new book out today. Jim Kouzes, co-author of The Leadership Challenge said, “This is one of the most unique and valuable books you will read all year, and I highly recommend it.” Below is an article Bill […]

This Guy Is Changing Young Lives

I recently came across someone who inspires me and who is doing incredible work with youth–someone who is changing their lives and doing it all on a volunteer basis. This is someone with vision, passion, talent and a drive to be a force of nature in a unique way. His name is LeSean Shaw. I […]

What’s Your Real Potential? (Video)

Last week I watched a video of women gymnastics, comparing Olympic gymnasts from the 1950’s and those currently competing. I’m sharing it to ask the question, “What is our real potential?” What have we learned since the 50’s in terms of the human body’s potential, mental potential and so on? Here’s the video–it’s the first […]

Why “Just Do It” Is Great For Nike But Not For You

When it comes to “motivating” others (and ourselves) there are three well-known phrases I see and hear a lot: “Just Do It!” “No excuses!” “No one owes you anything!” As a former psychotherapist and now as a coach for the past decade, I have spent thousands of hours with individuals and couples and also with […]