The Best Strategies for Improving Brain Health & Cognitive Function

The Best Strategies for Improving Brain Health & Cognitive Function

When we consider all of the ways that our health can decline, we don't usually think about cognitive function. Our minds still turn first to weight gain, arthritis, high cholesterol, or heart problems. As dementia and Alzheimer's become an increasing part of our dialog, however, the more it becomes a part of the same conversation.

Is It Ever Okay for Leaders to Let Go of Their Goals?

Is It Ever Okay for Leaders to Let Go of Their Goals?

In leadership, there is a temptation to be successful in every single pursuit that we take on. We are, in a way, not allowed to fail. Because we know we are being watched, either by an audience or by our team, we feel as though giving up on a pursuit or a passion is a failure. We've let down not only ourselves but those we feel we're supposed to be leading in our footsteps to successful lives and careers. If we not only fail in our efforts but give up on them completely, what kind of message does that send?

4 Health & Wellness Principles That Can Rescue Your Financial Future

4 Health & Wellness Principles That Can Rescue Your Financial Future

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you can tell that I have quite a wide range of interests. I’m passionate about leadership, investing and finance, endurance running, nutrition...lots of different things. I don’t see this as a hodge-podge, but rather as a holistic set of interests that leverage and influence on another.

3 Things That Command Audience Attention...and 3 That Lose It

3 Things That Command Audience Attention...and 3 That Lose It

I do a lot of public speaking. When you're doing a big conference talk, a workshop, or even a digital presentation, there's an energy present that lets you gauge how you're doing. If you pay attention, you can feel it. Sometimes it's just this ever-present acute awareness of eyes on you. The electric energy of attentiveness.

How to Conduct an Effective Year-End Self-Audit

How to Conduct an Effective Year-End Self-Audit

Hearing the word “audit” can strike terror into the hearts of the most confident among us. But there are applications in which an audit—a careful assessment of your finances and accounts—can be indispensable. For all of us, a self-audit allows us to expose where in our financial health we can stand to improve, what strategies are working and which are not, and what we need to do to more fully and comprehensively meet our financial goals, both personal and professional.

Increase Your Productivity By Clearing Out Mental Clutter

Increase Your Productivity By Clearing Out Mental Clutter

Who among us doesn’t want to be more productive in the day-to-day? If you want to succeed in your career and average, daily goals, you have to be able to focus on what is before you. If you’re distracted and find your attention torn not only by external distractions but your own internal thoughts, you can’t expect to excel.

5 Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Became an Entrepreneur

5 Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Became an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs can take many forms. When you have a vision for yourself, a company, or an idea you believe in, striking out to make that vision a reality is always both a labor of love and an exercise in frustration. It comes with long nights, joy, sacrifice, tears, and immense pride. And even though I have found great success in my career in real estate, I also wish I'd known a few things before I really struck out in my own entrepreneurship ventures.

Trading the Winter Blues for Career Productivity in 4 Steps

Trading the Winter Blues for Career Productivity in 4 Steps

With the holiday season behind us, the stress and hurry of parties and gift giving may be gone, but with its absence can come a sense of malaise. While some of us jump on resolutions and a sense of new years’ optimism, this can also be a time of struggle. Call it winter blues, blame it on the cold and dreary weather or a distinct lack of holiday cheer, but there's something about these winter months that can make productivity a slog.

For the Modern Man: How (And When) to Talk About Money

For the Modern Man: How (And When) to Talk About Money

They say there are two things you don't talk about in polite company: politics and religion. I think money makes a lot of people uncomfortable, too. It is one of those unspoken taboos of conversation. While we see money as something we wish to obtain, talking openly about net worth or the cost of our various assets—homes, rents, or purchases—whether asking others or bringing it into the conversation, is seen as rude.

7 Actionable & Achievable New Year's Resolutions for Leaders

7 Actionable & Achievable New Year's Resolutions for Leaders

I find myself getting frustrated with New Year's resolutions. Time and time again, it feels like the same thing. The fault seems not to be in the desire to change and do better, or even in a lack of follow through and lasting motivation. Though these things can trip us up, I think, ultimately, the problem of new year's resolutions comes down to a failure to set out with good goals.