If You Don’t Start These 10 Habits, You Won’t Be Successful

Twenty years ago, I was a college frat boy who wanted more out of life. Sick and tired of wasting my Saturdays hungover and unproductive, I started reading biographies of successful people. Slowly, the pathway to success revealed itself. Over the course of 20 years, I...

Why Try to Be Someone Else When You’re Already the Best at Being You?

You don't have to search hard to find copycats of the most popular gurus in the world. And sure, the idea of copying others' success is tempting. "They're super successful so I can be, too," you tell yourself. But this is a faulty way of thinking. It might seem like a...

These Are the 4 High-Priced Items You Should Never Buy

I have good news and bad news. First, the good news: Americans' net worth has grown over the last 10 years, topping out at an average of about $200,000 for all demographics in 2014. If you've been financially savvy, you're already there—or at least well on your way....

What a Good Leader Does to Ensure Growth and Opportunity

Incompetent leadership is the biggest problem in most businesses today. Little surprise, then, that GOOD leadership is the key to turning those problems into successes. Before we dig into the virtues of good leadership, however, let’s compare the two side-by-side so...

The Questions You Must Ask to Make 2014 a Great Year

It’s a long journey from Toronto to Hawaii. In February of 2008, I made the trip to the island of Oahu for a sun and surf vacation. This required an 8-hour connecting flight from Dallas, back in the days without individual seat back televisions. But I was ready. The...

The Investment Pecking Order

The economy is in a slow period, and bankruptcies are making headlines. So, lately, I’ve been fielding a lot of questions about the pecking order investors assume when a publicly traded company goes into bankruptcy.

Flipping the Switch

As Tony Robbins says, you don’t have to know how electricity works. All you need to know is how to flip the switch to get the light to come on…

Habit Mastery: Creating the New Normal

Changing habits, at its core, is simply a process of changing what's normal for you. This is something I've done myself many times over the last decade. Here's just a sample of the new normal I've achieved in my life: Not smoking became my new normal (lots of pain for...

Make Your Problem Solving Skills 3x Stronger

"Problems are only opportunities in work clothes." - Henry J. Kaiser (1882-1967) According to an article in the MIT Sloan Management Review (covered in a recent issue of  Executive Leadership), good problem solvers use different parts of their brains to solve...

Honesty, Integrity, and All That

"The measure of any man's virtue is what he would do, if he had neither the laws nor public opinion, nor even his own prejudices, to control him." - William Hazlitt (Characteristics, 1823) I like the general idea of honesty and integrity and would like to think of...

The Most Important Persuasion Tip

"If you would convince others, seem open to conviction yourself." - Lord Chesterfield (Letters to His Son, Feb. 22, 1748) When I critique advertising copy, I use a bag full of tricks I've collected over the years to make the job easy and quick. I've detailed these in...

Good Manners And Success

Despite what some pundits have said, making people like you is not the secret to success. There are plenty of very rich, very powerful, and very successful S.O.B.s out there. In fact, there may be an inverse relationship between affability and accomplishment. Spend...

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