I think a lot of people are fearful of taking an idea and turning it into a reality. Not in the, "I'm scared to walk down that dark alley" sort of way. But simply because they're not sure where to start or how to figure out if their idea is worth pursuing. And while the topic of how to start will differ from idea to idea, whether or not it's worth pursuing is consistent across the board.Read More
This past week has been a whirlwind for me. So many things were going on and in the midst of it all, I said "yes!" to two opportunities which will require a lot of me. Both opportunities come with significant time investments and responsibilities that I've never had before (basically, I have no clue what I'm doing). When I finally get a moment to sit down on the couch and think about everything that just happened I can get freaked out a little bit. I can begin to worry about all of the what if's that make taking this step a little (lot) scary.Read More
Is luck this elusive fairy godmother that only grants wishes to a few randomly selected good looking people? Perhaps it isn't as random as we'd like to think. In fact, it might be—to an extent—reproducible. I want to pull back the curtain a bit and give us a glimpse into the world of opportunity because I believe that with practice, time and a little work, we might be able to create a bit of luck for ourselves.Read More
I woke up to my phone buzzing violently against the hard plastic picnic table that is my makeshift computer desk across the room. I put it there because I thought it might help me get out of bed if it annoyed me enough. By the time I removed my body from the warm cocoon of blankets and scuffled across the cold tile to turn my alarm off, I figured my senses would have been assaulted enough to wake me up for good. It worked. My thumb impulsively slid across the screen to turn off the alarm and I once again scuffled across the cold tile to my bathroom to get a hot shower going. As the water pours over my head I began thinking... thinking... dreaming... crap I totally just fell asleep standing up in the shower! I didn't even know that was possible...Read More
Humility is one of those words that, somewhere along the way, has gotten lost in translation. Kind of like the word "love." I love my family. I also love pizza (can I get an amen?). The term has simply been demoted from its position of prominence and depth to one of flippant overuse. Like love, humility fell into the same habit of casual use and has since lost the punch in its meaning. Its proper or technical definition is "a modest or low view of one's own importance." These days, it's something more along the lines of, "ego buffer." You can't do anything awesome these days without having to preface your awesomeness with, "I'm so humbled to have this opportunity to..." Let's be honest, most of the people prefacing their Oscar acceptance speech with, "I'm so humbled" don't have a "modest or low view of their own importance."Read More
I love listening to motivational speakers because, most often, it's like listening to stand-up comedy.
"Do you have a dream, ma'am? Yes ma'am, you in the front row, red sweater. Do you have a dream? May I ask what it is?"
"Um... okay... to... to have my own cooking show."
"And what an incredible dream that is! Give her a round of applause for her courage folks."
"Ma'am... you've just admitted to us what your dream is... that took courage. Now the biggest step is over with. We're all going to be here to support you along your journey as you pursue your dream. Pursue it with gusto! Pursue it with vigor! Pursue it with a reckless abandon!"
I am one of those people who loves things to be just so; I like my pens lined up in perfect rows on my desk and my coffee to be the (Okay, it's not that bad). Sometimes, this desire for perfection in everything I do tends to cause this enormous pile of content that I have created but haven't put out there to the world. I've got about a hundred ideas in my Evernote notebooks that are marinating, waiting for me to cross the t's and dot the i's before I let them breathe.
I've been trying to break this habit and, as a result, in the last eight months I have:
- Published a book
- Created a 24-page life-planning guide
- Launched this blog where I continue to publish content three times per week
- Began sending out a inspirational Newsletter once a week
- Backpacked Europe with my friend (our "plans" consisting of a tentative schedule of which countries we would hit in what order)
Questions and fears must be bombarding you right now. I know the feeling! Let's address a few of those concerns:Read More