The Key to Happiness

One of the things I am most passionate about is trying to help leaders discover what they are born to do.

I see so many people who are trapped under the burden of expectations, not living in their sweet spot.

I admit, many times I find myself starting from the place of what others need from me rather than beginning with how I can best add value. I find it difficult to do my best when I am not aligned with what I do best.

Educator, John Dewey once wrote, “To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.” 

I would add that it is not just your happiness that is on the line. It is better for everyone when you show up true to who you really are.

Finding Your Way

If you have never taken the time to work through the process of discovery, I encourage you to start by reading our book, FINDING YOUR WAY: Discovering the Truth about You. The simple story will hopefully become your compass to discover the truth about yourself – that you were created for greatness with incredible gifts, talents, and passions.

If you want to find fulfillment perhaps it is time to make some changes. Remember, “To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.”

Leadership Begins at Home,


How much do you think the effectiveness of a leader increases when they spend the bulk of their time “doing what they do best?”

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Do You Need a Breakthrough?

Sometimes it is hard to see the sunrise, especially when your view is blocked by the trees.

A few weeks ago, that was my experience.

The fact is, the sunrise was fully there, I just couldn’t see it … fifty feet of trees between me and a breathtaking start to the day.

Everyday leaders quit on their dreams.

Why?  Because the resistance is too great. Momentum has been lost. The challenge to be disciplined feels too hard.

So they give up. Many times when breakthrough is only a final step away.

If you are in a situation where you are ready to throw in the towel, I want to encourage you to hang in there.

Your sunrise might be closer than you think.

Leadership Begins at Home,


Is there an area where you need a breakthrough?

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Are you holding back?

The past couple of weeks the weather in Atlanta has been unseasonably cold. Several of my friends have lived through the horror of frozen pipes and flooded basements.


Hindsight is 20-20, but I couldn’t help but think about the advice my dad gave me when I was a kid. He said the best way to keep pipes from freezing is to leave a little water running on a cold night; flowing water rarely freezes. I must admit, I did not heed his advice the last couple of weeks but somehow still managed to escape calamity.

My dad’s theory is embedded with a life and leadership principle. That is, if you want to keep from being frozen, you better keep your talent flowing.  “Use it or lose it,” as they say, is a popular adage for a reason.

Too many people I know hold back on their dreams and subsequently become paralyzed because of fear – frozen, if you will. Others hold back team members, failing to encourage or believe in them. The team becomes frozen because of the leader’s insecurity.

The amazing thing about a faucet is that there is no end to the water supply available to it. Yet, unless the valve is opened up, things remain dry.

Stop holding back, open your leadership faucet, and watch what happens. Ideas will flow, projects will be accomplished, people will flourish, and dreams will be realized.

Perhaps the only thing holding you back and causing you to be frozen … is You.

Leadership Begins at Home,


Is there an area where you are holding back?

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Take a Step Toward Your Dream

Last night I had a conversation with a friend about the power of a dream. He told me about how his sister and her husband brought home a little girl this week that they just adopted from Ethiopia – They have been dreaming about the adoption for the past three years.

Martin Luther King had a dream that led to a movement of equality. Steve Jobs dreamed of changing the way we view technology. Edison dreamed of the light bulb, and Lincoln dreamed he could use his influence to end slavery … Dreams matter.

Do you have a dream?

Let me remind you that having a dream is not enough. If you intend to reach it you must take a step toward it.

A new baby would never have been adopted had a step not been taken to fill out some paperwork. King Jr. had to take the first step on his march toward equality. Jobs took an early job as a technician at Atari. Edison failed over and over with his experiments, and Lincoln threw his hat in the ring for the presidency.

Do you have a dream? Dreams do come true, but only when dreamers start walking. I know a lot of people who stay stuck, dreaming, but never taking a step.

Someday you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than the things you did wrong. So, if today finds your dreams waning, a distant memory of possibilities from days gone by, I encourage you to start moving toward that which calls your to your heart. A single step will get you closer.

Leadership Begins at Home,


What is your dream?

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