Category: Life Lessons

Daily Routines of Successful Entrepreneurs

Daily Routines of Successful Entrepreneurs

| September 6, 2016 | Reply

I just finished reading a couple articles on habits and routines of successful entrepreneurs. You can find a couple good articles from Fast Company and Inc. As Brian Tracy says, successful people learn how to set up routines that empower them. I thought I’d share with you my own routine that helps me hit the ground […]

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Try This Instead: Learn to Set the Bar LOW

Try This Instead: Learn to Set the Bar LOW

| October 21, 2014 | 1 Reply

We’ve all heard these pep talks before… “Expect more out of yourself!” “Be all you can be!” “Good enough is never good enough!” “Set the bar HIGH!” Your parents, your boss, your childhood soccer coach, and of course every self help book you’ve ever attempted to read has made these statements at one time or […]

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44 Life Lessons on my Birthday

44 Life Lessons on my Birthday

| October 12, 2014 | 3 Replies

A couple weeks ago, I grew another year wiser. It was the big 44! I don’t know if you’ve experienced this where, one day, you kind of wake up and realize you’re in the mid-part of your life. It’s surreal. It’s surprising. It’s life. Honestly, I really feel wonderful. Life just keeps getting better and […]

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Change Your Point of View – A Poem About Success

Change Your Point of View – A Poem About Success

| September 22, 2014 | 1 Reply

My good friend, Adam Hudson, just finished putting on an incredible event called Radius, for entrepreneurs. The whole concept is that by elevating your thinking, your radius widens and you can see things from a different point of view. Pretty cool, right? I attended last year and he asked me to say a few words […]

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The Journey of Success: 5 Guidelines on Life, Love, and Business

The Journey of Success: 5 Guidelines on Life, Love, and Business

| September 11, 2014 | Reply

The Delta Sigma Pi chapter at San Diego State University asked me to speak to them about what I’ve learned about success, personal growth, and business. Here are five things I’ve learned about life, love, and business. What’s great about these guidelines is that they can apply in every area of your life. They are […]

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Baby Girls and Startups

Baby Girls and Startups

| April 19, 2014 | Reply

Last week, I had an email exchange with Merrick Lozano of PRLeap.com. I’ve known Merrick for many years and enjoyed watching him grow his company while also building a family. I asked him about how he was enjoying his new baby girl. I don’t have kids now and often wondered just how some entrepreneurs manage […]

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“What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?”

“What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?”

| March 11, 2014 | Reply

Each week at TakeLessons.com, I ask my employees a question. This activity gives us time together as a group and helps us all get to know each other better. We always ask questions that are structured around developing community within the company. Last week, I asked “What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?” Here were some […]

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Adding Value to People

Adding Value to People

| November 9, 2013 | Reply

I was talking to a friend last night who was introducing me to a  friend of his. Here’s how he described him: “Mike is an incredible human being. I want to be around him because he tries to add value to every interaction and to every person he can. I always feel better when I […]

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Forgiving

Forgiving

| August 15, 2013 | Reply

I had a wonderful conversation a couple weeks ago with a good friend who is about 1,000 times more enlighted than I am. We spoke about life, love, joy, fear, and forgiveness. As we started speaking of forgiveness, I realized that I had some work to do here. There was parts of me that were […]

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Pursue Something Worthwhile

Pursue Something Worthwhile

| August 13, 2013 | Reply

I heard a great quote today from Tim O’Reilly: “Pursue something so important that even if you fail, the world is better off with you having tried.”

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Everything Will Be OK

Everything Will Be OK

| August 9, 2013 | Reply

My grandfather once told me,”Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, then it’s not the end. So keep moving.” Today, if things appear to be tough – an uphill battle – remember that the journey is long and filled with ups and downs. Things will be OK.

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How to Make Space in your Head

How to Make Space in your Head

| July 2, 2013 | 2 Replies

Today during my meditation session, I found it really hard to calm my mind. Thoughts kept running in and out, popping up and down like ping pong balls. As I observed the thoughts, most of them were thoughts about things I didn’t have closure with, or thoughts that were painting future situations I might experience; […]

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What You Choose to Focus On

What You Choose to Focus On

| June 1, 2013 | Reply

I caught this picture this evening as the sun cut through the clouds over the San Diego bay.   The contrast between the overhanging clouds and the light was powerful for me. It reminded me that, in life, we have a choice of what to focus on. We can choose to focus on the dark […]

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Do Good Anyway

Do Good Anyway

| May 2, 2013 | Reply

One of my favorite short reminders of how to live life can be found written on the wall in Mother Theresa‘s bedroom of her home for children in Calcutta, India. It is a constant reminder to live by a set of principles that are grounded, unfettered by the whims of societal change. I wish I […]

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The Value of Staying Curious. Building your CQ (Curiosity Quotient).

The Value of Staying Curious. Building your CQ (Curiosity Quotient).

| April 26, 2013 | 1 Reply

I’ve really come to appreciate the value being curious, where curiosity is defined as a state of mind where one is interested in the how, why, what, when, or where of an event or statement. Curiosity allows us to challenge ourselves, challenge what we’re being told, see if things make sense (vs. blind acceptance), and […]

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