How Much Accountability Do You Need?

For several years now, I've talked to a goal buddy (aka accountability/action partner) 2-3 times per week. Why? you might ask. I've kept a list of the myriad goals I've sought on a folder, then used that document to track those promises, successes and the dates of our...

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Oh, To Have Nike’s Fan Base!

My wonderful trainer, Kelechi, worked me out this morning. During my quad-strengthening exercise on a machine in my building's gym, he was bent over his iPhone and was tapping. "I'm not using my phone to check messages," he assured me. "I just have to sign in at 10am...

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Diamonds in Your Own Backyard

There's a satisfying story, originally created by Russell Conwell, called Acres of Diamonds about a landowner (long story very short) who traveled the world searching for diamonds to create wealth, only to return home broke and broken. Home again, he discovered that...

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Liz Alpert Fay is Immortalizing Me

It all started nearly two decades ago when I was selected to be a judge at the Westchester Craft Fair. This was nearing the end of my arts career, so we're talking early 2000's. As I walked the show, and this was one of the truly inspiring exhibits, I fell in love...

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Be Careful What You Promise

I'm changing banks and was at the new branch office this morning for 90 minutes to open my accounts. Standard. I had allotted plenty of time for this activity. My Financial Services Rep dialed HQ's to get further information. The recorded message that came over the...

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One Thing You Can’t Fake

On every application form I send to prospects I ask, Is there one skill or ability you'd like to develop that would take you to the next level? Over 80% of the responses I receive include 'more confidence' which surprises me. The women who choose to work with me are...

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Having Trouble Filling Your Meetings/Events?

A common challenge my clients face, and I do too, is getting the attention of the public for a webinar, an in-person event or to enroll in ongoing workshops. Not that it was ever easy, but there are more shiny objects calling for our attention today than ever. I read...

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How I’m Like Gad Elmaleh and How I’m Not

Two weeks ago I'd never heard of Gad Elmaleh (had you?), and now he's a hero of mine. I was introduced to him by Ira Glass, host of This American Life, when his story was in re-run during the holidays originally broadcast in November 2016. I would have missed it...

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What’s Your Forcing Mechanism?

One of the most successful businessmen I know shared his secrets with a mastermind group I ran several years ago. He is married to an entrepreneurial friend of mine and had, in their courtship, helped her grow her design business exponentially. I invited him to share...

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My 1000th Blog!

For months in 2008, my mastermind group encouraged me to start a blog. Let me set the context here in a time where blogs are now everywhere. It would be the equivalent of my saying to you, my audience in 2017, that you should start posting on snapchat. You've heard of...

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