hard question of the month: are you financially independent yet?

I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.

― Brené Brown

leadership lessons you can learn from the presidential candidates…yes seriously.

life lesson

how to start being a better + more successful human right now

I created this blog to keep your ambition heart strong + sustainable + deeply connected to your highest, grandest vision for your life. I don’t believe you have to lose yourself on your journey to success.

I believe, you have to stay aligned with your authentic self to achieve your full potential. 

I recently discovered the DO Lectures {story + link below} and have fallen in love; I am slowly making my way through the talks but this one by Maria Popova stuck out right away – Build Pockets of Stillness Into Your Life herewith and in summary, her 7 best life learnings…

  1. allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind
  2. do nothing out of guilt or for prestige or for status or for money or approval alone
  3. be generous with with your time and your resources and with giving credit and especially your words
  4. build pockets of stillness into your life {be disciplined about sleep + meditation}
  5. when people try to tell you who you are don’t believe them
  6. presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity
  7. expect anything worthwhile to take time

see below for Maria Popova’s entire talk

about this very special lecture series…

Clare and David Hieatt set out to bring the DO-ers of the world together – the movers and shakers, the disrupters and the change-makers – and ask them to tell their stories. Under star lit skies, in a bind with nature, they would inspire others to go out into the world and DO, too.

to see more of the DO Lectures, click here

Just make up your mind at the very outset that your work is going to stand for quality…that you are going to stamp a superior quality upon everything that goes out of your hands, that whatever you do shall bear the hallmark of excellence.
― Orison Swett Marden

5 TED talks to improve your leadership skills

The first TED talk I ever saw was Brené Brown’s The Power of Vulnerability. At the time I was working on a massive project in Paris with a starting budget of over 80 million euros, the work was high pressure, challenging, empowering but at times deeply isolating. I felt vulnerable all the time and my old programmed thinking made me feel like that vulnerability made me weak. Thankfully, my husband had the insight to share Brené’s powerful words. The talk shifted my perspective on what would become my ultimate gift…to feel everything deeply + clearly.

{Herewith a collection of 5 thought shifting TED talks on leadership extracted from a curated 10 by INC magazine’s Laura Garnett, published on September 14, 2015, all text in original format, link to original article below}

Carol Dweck: The Power of Believing That You Can Improve

Unleash potential in yourself and in those you lead by encouraging a growth–rather than fixed–mindset. In this talk, Dweck discusses the power of students receiving a “Not Yet” grade versus a failing grade–it increased their motivation and ability to succeed. In another talk about mindset, Charlie Reeve found that employees with a growth mindset were constantly looking to adapt and to grow in their professional and personal worlds; they didn’t believe that their talents and futures were predetermined. Think about how you can shift your mindset to be more growth oriented. Now, imagine the results if you helped your peers and employees shift their mindset as well.

Sam Richards: A Radical Experiment in Empathy

This is, as the title suggests, a radical and often misunderstood TED Talk about the importance of putting ourselves in others’ shoes. Not only is empathy a quality of being a good person, it is also key to being a great leader. It helps us understand how to better communicate with and understand our superiors, peers, and employees. Do not underestimate this key characteristic.

Angela Lee Duckworth: The Key To Success? Grit

Duckworth defines grit as “passion and perseverance for long-term goals.” Grit is one of those intangible concepts that we still know very little about, but one thing is clear: The grittier we are, the more successful we become. This is just another reason to find your true passion and purpose in life and truly dedicate yourself to it.

Srikumar Rao: Plug Into Your Hard-Wired Happiness

I attribute my consistent, joyful attitude to what I learned about mindset and happiness from Srikumar Rao. In his TED Talk, Rao discusses how the “if-then” model of happiness is hurting our current well-being and success. Happiness is actually hardwired into us–it’s easier to achieve than you think. Think about the quality of your life and career if you were happy right now.

Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

Moments of vulnerability truly are inspiring, and they make way for the possibility of even greater connection and appreciation. When you are vulnerable, when you put a name to your resistance, it can be addressed, acknowledged, and worked through. When one of my clients opens up and shows his or her vulnerable side in our work together, I know success is guaranteed.

Laura Garnett’s original 10 TED talks are posted HERE

It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises-but only performance is reality.

—Harold S. Geneen

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