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Having the persistence to excel

Persistence: The fact of continuing in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.-Oxford Dictionary The act of continuing on in spite of difficulty or opposition. Some people would call that foolishness. Why keep at something that...

How do you change someone’s behavior?

We usually have the best intentions with people. We want them to change their behavior for the betterment of themselves and others.  We give advice, offer solutions and blatantly point out shortcomings in our effort to get people to change. We then get frustrated...

Holding to Humility

You never know if you're really humble, but you can know if you do humble things. -Erwin McManus Leaders are great at making plans. Think about yourself and the leaders you know. They usually are working off some kind of goal, plan or vision. You likely have...

Are you following your Calling?

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, "Here lived a great...

How to conquer the habits that hold you back

We all would love to lose some weight, be more fit, have some extra financial security and have some time to enjoy life more, but our habits often get in our way to meeting our goals. Freeing yourself from your habits can be tough. I know that several...

Promote yourself the right way

It can be difficult to promote yourself and there is surely a little bit of an art to it. Try too hard and you show yourself as self-centered. Fail to try at all and you'll be in the same spot you are 10 years from now. It's possible to promote yourself and...

Encouragement for the hurting leader

How you define yourself determines your personal value. -Brian Bloye Leadership and life are not all sunshine and roses. There are going to be times when you question your leadership, the direction of your life and the decision that you made. Some of your...

The Be Series: Be Mickey Mouse

Don't stress over anything that you can't change. -Mickey Mouse Mickey Mouse is an icon known around the world. You can meet him at 6 different parks around the world, watch him on his own TV channel or go to your local store and find clothing and...

The Be Series: Be the Rabbit

Rabbits are everywhere! No matter where you live, you likely have them in or near your geographical area. They live on every continent except Antartica and there are over 305 different breeds found in over 70 countries. These cute little animals can...

The Be Series: Be the Turtle

Turtles are among the most diverse creatures on the planet. How many species of animals can you name that live in the ocean, land, lakes, and swamps? Not very many for sure. They are associated with being wise, committed, although a bit introverted. Here are...

The Be Series: Be the Risk Taker

If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will gain. -Neil Gaiman We love our set routines and the relative safety that our jobs provide. I know I do. The best leaders don't settle for status quo and are great risk takers for their...

Success vs. Excellence

Success always follows excellence.  Chick-fil-a is quite a different fast food establishment. They are incredibly profitable, they have ridiculously long, but fast, lines at lunch and the company can't open them fast enough. They are also closed on...

Emotional Intelligence: Relationship Management

The level and depth of your relationships with others is a guiding factor for your success.  As we've moved through each of the three previous sections of EI, you likely noticed that each built on the one before it. That is certainly the case with relationship...

Emotional Intelligence: Social Awareness

The ability to read a room is just as important as the ability to read a book.    Social awareness is all about that guy.  You know the one. He is the person that just misses everything that's going on around them in a conversation. It's as if they are in a...

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Are you following your Calling?

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, "Here lived a great...

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Love them like family

Family is not an important thing, it is everything.      Have you ever been somewhere where you didn't get served well and then you observe someone in the same establishment getting great service? It's extremely frustrating, to say the least. I'm typically...

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Stuck in the waiting room of life

Waiting is hard. I know that it is for me. We all have times in our life when we are suddenly waiting for direction. I think of this as a waiting room. You are just stuck there and it only becomes more frustrating as you see other people come and go while you just...

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This is our community

The importance of community, living in peace and helping one another, is a foundation piece of who we are. That can be found more so in Clarkston, GA than anywhere else in the world. Clarkston holds the crown as the most diverse city in the world. At a population of a...

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How to ace the interview

A job interview is not a test of your knowledge, but your ability to use it at the right time. I get asked fairly often, from college students to seasoned professionals, on advice for having a good interview. They range from part-time extra work to college entrance...

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Finding leadership in food

Finding that great local spot is an adventure that I enjoy during all of my travels. A national chain is good for consistency, but a quality local place really puts its heart into its food and…

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