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Unexpectedly I’ve become very judgmental

June 5th, downtown DC, 78 degrees. Unexpectedly I’ve become very judgmental and frankly I’m embarrassed to admit it.  A couple weeks ago I found $220 cash, by the Washington Monument.  I waited around for quite a while to see if anyone would come back and appear to be looking for something.  No one came, and…


How do you define success?

Washington, DC – Crestwood.  78 and finally sunny after weeks of rain. A couple days ago I had a conversation with Brandon T. Adams.  He, along with his finance Samantha Rossin is producing a show called Success in Your City.  The premise is to discover what success is.  It was a fascinating conversation – I…

blackberry farm

Solving world problems by closing gaps between capital and business

Walland, Tennessee, 83 degrees, humid – Blackberry Farm. This weekend I’m at the farm for our annual YPO retreat. YPO is a global platform for business entrepreneurs to engage, learn and grow.  So far this weekend I’ve had some fascinating conversations with some extremely successful business leaders about their business models, their opportunities and their challenges. …


White Space from Grief and Change

IAD to Austin, TX.  I’m in the white space.  It’s quieter here than I expected.  Two things have pushed me here, one willingly, the other not.  The unwillingness was the death of my 19-year cat last week.  This has hit me harder than I expected. I literally sobbed off and on for almost two days…


Success is Sequential

I want to bubble to the top one topic –  success is sequential and not simultaneous.  This is particularly difficult in entrepreneurship as we are required to do a multitude of things reasonably well in order to advance.  You must be reasonably good at sales, marketing, administration, organization, design, communication and the list goes on. …


Your Greatest Support and Worse Critic

This week I texted a handful of individuals and asked them – what is your biggest challenge right now?  The responses started pouring in quickly.  Here are a few of the responses… How do I keep up the activities, and not burn out? How do I maintain focus and prioritize correctly? How do I successfully…


Just Do It

How do you feel?  Satisfied?  Anxious?  Excited?  Nervous?  As you contemplate, emotion is an indicator of how closely aligned with you – you really are.   As we project forward by setting goals or intentions the larger, wiser part of you becomes that new and improved version of you.  You however don’t always allow yourself to…


State of Mind

How are you really doing? Are you asking yourself that question in an honest way each week? Remember, there is no such thing as success or failure – only results.  Success or failure is a state of mind, not measurable because it is owned only by the perspective holder (which shifts from person to person),…


The Quality of Trust

There is an ease and calm that develops when you sit with the quality of Trust.  Trust in oneself… Trust you will do or say the right thing at the right moment… Trust that you are equipped to work through anything presented to you. Do you Trust yourself? How do you know when you Trust…


The Law of Influence

I’m re-reading John Maxwell’s The 21 Laws of Leadership and Law 2 – The Law of Influence stood out to me this week.  As the Market Center grows my leadership must grow and so I spend a lot of time reading about leadership to be more effective and to grow as a leader.  You’ve heard…


Thinking into the Future

There seems to be a renewed sense of possibility this spring. Take notice of that feeling of hope, inspiration, and opportunity. How does it feel? Often we seem to have no choice but to try to build a better business from a place of not feeling very good about the one we have. It can…


The Paradox of Success and What To Do About It

My sister tells a story of how when I was in middle school I wanted a desk for my bedroom.  Not just any desk, an executive style desk.  When we moved to Iowa and I got my own room my parents bought me a large desk and I was very excited.  I spent hours at…