Category Archives: Success

Ronda Rousey Shows The One Thing You Need To Succeed

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I published a post on LinkedIn today, explaining how Ronda Rousey shows the one thing you need to succeed. That one thing? Committing to a goal without the guarantee of success.

People with track records of great success have this trait in common. They understand there aren’t any guarantees in life. Uncertainty is unavoidable. They do their best to turn the odds in their favor, but somehow they are able to work incredibly hard, even while knowing the ultimate outcome may not materialize.

When I think back to my personal successes, this characteristic shows up. Granted, I’ve not had anywhere near Ronda Rousey-level success. But it’s interesting that this idea of commitment in the face of uncertainty is universal.

For more details, read my whole post. Thanks.

Being Competitive Is Overrated and Overdone

linkedin_competitionLast week I published a post on LinkedIn about how being competitive isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Some people describe themselves as competitive. Other people don’t. This difference in self-perception creates conflict, fear, and anxiety.

The other problem is the separation between competitive people and non-competitive people is false. Everyone is competitive. The nature of life is to compete, whether it’s against other people, other businesses, or barriers to your own development.

Growth implies competition. Growth means overcoming a barrier or limitation. Everyone wants to grow in one way or another. And that means everyone is competitive.

Let’s get over the bravado of being competitive. At best, it’s meaningless. At worst, it’s harmful. See my post for more details.

You Tell Yourself Stories. Make Sure They’re The Right Ones.

linkedin_storyA couple of weeks ago, I published a post on LinkedIn about the stories you tell yourself. Stories help us make sense of the world. We’re wired to tell stories about everything that happens in our lives.

We take great liberties. Facts are few and far between. Many possible stories exist that align with these few facts.

Knowing the possibilities, you must tell yourself the right stories, the ones that empower you and improve your relationship with other people. Don’t sabotage yourself or others. See my post for more details.

3 Success Lessons from David Blaine’s Incredible Life Story

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I just published a post at LinkedIn, detailing three lessons about success you can learn from David Blaine, the world famous magician. Blaine was on a recent episode of Alec Baldwin’s podcast, Here’s The Thing. I loved listening to that episode.

Blaine tells an abbreviated version of his life story. With some nice insight from Alec Baldwin, you can pretty quickly distill important lessons about what ultimately made David Blaine the huge success he is. In short, the lessons are (1) don’t give up, (2) find your strength, and (3) change the rules.

For more details, see my LinkedIn post. Feel free to comment there, here, or in both places. I’d love to know what you think.

Thanks.