Show Us Your Why

I am sure you probably had a conversation with a toddler at one point in your life. It probably was something like this… Get ready, we’re going to the store Why? Because we need food. Why? Because we are out of milk. I DON’T LIKE MILK ANYMORE! Why? Because it hurts cows. Why? (You get…

Looking Back & Forth… What Are You Thankful For?

Every year, around the 3rd to 4th week of November, until the 1st week of January, business starts to slow down (unless you are in retail). We start to reflect on the previous months of the year. It’s also a time to look forward to what’s next. I can tell you as you get older…

Well Would You Look At That? Lessons Learned from Lifelong Learning

You have undoubtedly heard the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog, new tricks.” It is true that younger minds are more open to new concepts and more pliable. But that does not mean that older minds have to be ridged. As a matter of fact, minds are amazing things. The more you stimulate them,…

Success Is Personal and How To String Together Little Wins

I have been told that people who have almost died have a new perspective on life. Once you almost lose your life, you stop taking life (especially getting up each day) for granted. Having been in the hospital twice in the last 3 years I would concur. One of those was a near-death experience (I…

If You Want Change, Results or Success, You Have To Take Your Own Pulse and Own It!

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon Own It Believe me… moving a family home, and a business to a new state is a process that takes lots of time, planning, and patience. I could not even imagine doing it just a few short years ago. I was a…

Seeing The World Through A Fresh Set Of I’s

I have had more than one person question, “Why would you leave an area, where you have 22 or 40 years of connections to start over?” I have asked myself that question a few times, too. The only answer I could give was, “It was time!” I have lived in the Chicago area since I…

3 Signs From God That It’s Time To Move On…

I don’t want to get all religious on you. I have often studied the science of religions, tribes, politics, and many facets of how and why we adopt belief systems that shape our lives. When I was giving a speech in Minnesota, I told the audience that during the pandemic, I was researching the question,…

Networking Is All About Give And Take But Success Takes Giving

It’s been a long journey to get ready to sell our house and buy another. I have been in the Chicagoland area for almost 50 years. Over that period I have moved at least a dozen times. But, you never really move far from your network. You know what grocery stores have what. You know…

Avoid The Superman Syndrome – You Need The Justice League

When I go to networking meetings, instead of posting my own name on the nametag, I write down “Ima Geek”. Geeks come in many flavors. Geek often branches out into specific social scenes: “movie geek,” “food geek,” “music geek,” “guitar geek,” “band geek,” “suburban lawn geek,” “computer geek,” “academic geek” … you get the picture.…

A Bolt Of Lightning – Inspiration vs Disruption

George Carlin famously said, “Electricity is really just organized lightning.” When it comes to business, we think of lightning strikes as a brilliant idea, but it’s also a type of interface cable for computers. When lightning from the sky hits your business, you may need both. There’s a myth out there that lightning never strikes…