The Olympics are Giving me Tunnel Vision

I’d like to think the Olympics would motivate me to be unusually productive. Or at least, encourage me to hit the gym. Instead, the games have kept me on my couch. Surely, I’m NBC’s most loyal viewer. I haven’t channel-surfed in more than 72 hours. The obsession has its perks— including an “aha” moment I had while watching some of the commentary. It followed routines by a number of figure skaters,…. Read more

Real Success Requires Change

Today is the start of the [official] new year. Meaning, carolers have all gone home. Holiday lights are down. Santa is snoozing for the next six months. And we’re all expected to be back at work. Except for those of you caught in snowpocalypse right now. Reality can be so rude sometimes. Success is best achieved through maintaining a constant willingness to evolve. It can be especially rude while staring at…. Read more

Achieving Success from Second Place

Perhaps we’re all born with an innate desire to win. To be the best at something— anything— so we can feel a sense of personal validation. I spent a large part of my childhood in second place. Sure, I had a lot of talents, but I was rarely the best. Someone had a better test score or a faster mile time. A higher GPA or a longer list of philanthropic efforts. More…. Read more

Sorry Oprah, But I Don’t Want to be Just Like You

We’ve all been asked who we idolize or aspire to be. The regulars? Oprah, Michael Jordan, Martha Stewart, Steve Jobs, and the occasional Kim K. It seems every occupation has an idol, right? Every aspiring football player is the next Tom Brady. A budding entrepreneur is the next Bill Gates. Every Harvard dropout is the next Mark Zuckerberg. The list goes on. We all want to become the world’s next-best-something….. Read more