We often hear the phrase, “Fake it till you make it.”
I know the loving intent people have when saying it, but it has dangerous consequences.
It’s a common catchphrase that suggests you imitate confidence so that the confidence produces success, which will seemingly generate real confidence.
But I have found that when people fake anything, they only produce more fakeness, and that leads to disconnect, trouble, misery and ultimately failure. Read More
As a society, we always seem to be searching for a hero. We need someone to look up to. We seek others to inspire, guide and lead us.
In my interview with Simon Sinek, he says, “As social animals, we need and seek leadership. We cannot live without leaders. We are naturally hierarchical. We’re always looking to someone like a child looks to a parent for protection. Read More
It was a sunny day, so we sat outside while catching up. Andy is an engineer about my age, married with three kids. His wife, Amelia, is a third-grade teacher at a local elementary school. On weekends, Andy coaches his sons’ basketball/baseball/soccer teams. Read More
I was in Manhattan to meet with the publisher who was taking the message of my book The Compound Effect to the masses. I was escorted to a conference room where shelves filled with best-sellers lined the walls. The marketing team pointed to a spot on the wall where mine would be.
Marketing staffers began the strategy discussion by saying they reached out to mainstream media and received great response: radio interviews, a few TV appearances and some online article requests. Read More
Let me acknowledge something: It can be tough out there!
Every day we’re bombarded with scary, ugly, scandalous and tragic news.
Being an election year, the political rhetoric is at epic levels, with repeated messages of how broken, corrupt and terrible everything and everyone is.
Even your own friends, family and colleagues are parroting these sentiments around water coolers, in hallway conversations and at cocktail parties. Read More