Are Assumptions Ruining Your Chances for Success?

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Ten days ago I sent the manuscript for my upcoming book, Live Large – An Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next, to a publisher along with all the submission paper work they had requested.   I was sure I would hear back from him the next day with a confirmation of receipt at least, but nothing came.  Between leaving for a business trip and grieving my dog (see last week’s blog), …
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How to Make Loss Work For You

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For the many fans of A Prairie Home Companion, the live radio show hosted by Garrison Keillor, it was a week of saying good-bye.  Keillor, the forever inventive host decided to “hang it up,” leaving many fans mourning the loss of a friend who has been around for decades. It was a week of goodbye for me, too. My standard poodle Holly quietly slipped away to romp in “the fields …
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Your New Year Starts Today

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New Year’s Day, beginning of the quarter, your birthday, even Independence Day.  What day do you “start over”?  What day do you draw a line under what has been, turn the page and move on with the “rest of your life”? With a slightly face red, I confess that I have used all of them as a points to say from now on… July 3rd is my birthday and like …
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What’s on Your List?

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When I got home from vacation last week, I decided to do a purge of my office, clearing off my desk and going through my papers.  In the process I discovered handouts from a great conference I attended in May.  I had intended to use the notes to up my own game and to share the nuggets with various clients.  I also found worksheets I had intended to use to …
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Remembering What You Already Know

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The first time I went to Europe I was a teenager.  Arriving in Madrid, smelling garlic simmering in olive oil, I knew I wasn’t in Kansas (or in Jackson, Tennessee in my case) anymore.  The fragrance was exotic and attractive and I was thrilled to be someplace different. Decades and many trips later, I was back in Madrid for the second time in my life.  The narrow winding streets lined …
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