Suicide in the Land of Opportunity

By Kristie Knights

American Fashion Designer Kate Spade is dead, by suicide. Have you stopped to think what CAUSES suicide?  Aside from stigma and shame; anxiety, depression, burnout, relentless societal, professional, and personal pressure; not to mention living in the depths of hell called 'self-loathing.'  In the land of opportunity, entrepreneurs experience a buzz that can end a life.

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The Principled Leader and Criticism

By Ron Cooper

The Principled Leader and Criticism How do you handle criticism? Does it cause you to bristle and get defensive? Or, can you process the spoken or written information in a manner to reach an informed conclusion? Criticism comes in many forms – constructive, destructive, instructive, misguided, or possibly rich in wisdom. Our life principles, values, and personal sec

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Model the Way

By Ron Cooper

“Model the Way” – Extreme Leadership  One of the requirements of an extreme leader, a great leader, or even a good leader is that one must have followers.  Who are you leading if you have no followers and what must you do to keep them following?  It is difficult to lead if one doesn’t present a Vision worth following or exhibit characteristics of a st

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Low Self-Esteem

By Ron Cooper

Low Self-Esteem/Image – It Can Hold You Back             “No, I can’t do that.” Or, “I just can’t picture myself pursuing something like that.” Another similar response is, “Yeah, maybe someday and somehow.” Those are statements I made either to myself and/or a response to othe

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Leaning Forward

By Ron Cooper

Leaning Forward What does that term connote to you? A physical posture? An assertive personal attribute? Body language? Or, possibly you have never thought about the term.             For me, it is an attribute that is indicative of a person’s interest and attentiveness. When I am speaking to or facilitating a g

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Beliefs and Actions

By Ron Cooper

Beliefs and Actions Statements repeated often enough can become “truth” to anyone who chooses to accept information without checking the veracity of such statements. This situation can exacerbate when facts become an anathema to those who merely pass on information simply because someone said something that seems right. “God helps those who help themselv

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What It Means Being An Entrepreneur

By Janice Fortman

I have always thought that being an entrepreneur was an easy goal to achieve.  By my thinking it was to  have a good idea, and selling it to people. After all, when you come up with a great idea, you always think that it is the best idea ever.  What I didn’t realize was that it would take hard work, sacrifice, commitment, faith, and a strong belief in your idea, to make your v

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Turn Down the NOISE

By Charlie Seraphin

 Here’s an unbelievable story: There once was a man who never made a mistake. Every decision he made was perfect. Everything he did turned out right. He met a woman who was also perfect. Together they had a perfect, mistake-free life. Do you believe it? Would anybody believe it?How about this one: There are more smart people making stupid mistakes than at any time in history

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The Little Boy With Silent Tears

By Charlie Seraphin

Many years ago I crashed into a deaf boy with my toboggan. I was yelling for him to get out of the way, but he couldn't hear me. It was an accident, but the incident is woven into the fabric of my being. Sometimes we do things that we don't intend to do and other people get hurt. Often there is nothing we can do to fix it, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. Unreconciled mi

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Kids Grow Up Faster Than You Think

By Charlie Seraphin

Mike Clark was kind enough to share his "One Stupid Mistake" on the website. It's a good message for every new parent."Years ago, as a young father, I neglected to "listen" to what my father told me about raising children. I have two grown sons now and had I focused more on them instead of directing nearly all of my energy, time, and focus on my businesses, I w

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