Work-Life Balance-7 Tips For The Productive Father

Have you ever found yourself trying to perform an impossible juggling act between your work-life and home-life?

Ever spent your entire work day at the “top of your game,” only to be too tired to play games with your children when you get home?

Have you ever wondered how the person that seems to have it all is able to get work done, yet still have time for his family?

As a father of three wonderful children, I have also struggled with these same questions over the years.   Continue reading “Work-Life Balance-7 Tips For The Productive Father”

STOP! It Can Be The Most Productive Thing You Do

Whether you are an Entrepreneur, CEO, Manager or line staff we all run into the issue of feeling like we don’t have “enough time.”

Not enough time to complete our work, spend time with our children or take part in the things we love.

I often work with people who tell me that there is not enough time in the day to complete the tasks at their jobs, home or both.  This lack of perceived productivity will begin to cause anxiety and negatively affect the quality of our day.  When you begin to feel like your not making any progress in your professional or personal life, it can be debilitating.

I’ve learned that the key to preventing this from happening is by STOPPING! Yes, stopping! Continue reading “STOP! It Can Be The Most Productive Thing You Do”

3 Beliefs All Successful People Have… Takeaways From Tedx

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Over the past few weeks, I have been fortunate enough to get invited as a VIP guest to a couple of TEDx events in New York. It was an honor as well as a humbling experience to be a part of these great events.

I also recently teamed up with a  couple of friends and attended a TEDxAmherst event with the dual purpose of networking and enjoying the day with them.  For all of you who are unfamiliar with TED or TEDx, you can see what it’s about on TED.com.  A quick heads up, TED is not a big giant talking Teddy Bear or a person.  It is actually a global set of conferences focused on spreading innovative “ideas worth spreading.” TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. Continue reading “3 Beliefs All Successful People Have… Takeaways From Tedx”

7 Ways To Leave A Legacy You’ll Be Proud Of!

What is your Legacy? Each day as we wake up and go about our daily routines, we have an opportunity to leave our footprint on the world.  Our legacy is a reflection of how our deeds and actions are remembered by those whose lives we’ve affected either directly or indirectly.  The beauty of life is that we get to decide, by the actions we take, what our legacy will be. Here are a few principles that I have learned help create a legacy that I can be proud of:

  1. Persevere- Remember your current situation isn’t your destination.  Never give up.  Although you may be going through a rough patch either at work, home, or in a relationship, don’t allow this to define you.  Stay true to your values and handle adversity with integrity.  Doing so will keep your values consistent with your actions thus enhancing your legacy in the long run.
  2. Selfless Service/Help Someone- Contribute and give of yourself without expectation of being recognized or someone returning the favor.  Whenever I have given of myself either as a mentor, friend or anonymous contributor, the reward for me comes from within.  People who aren’t always looking for recognition or payback usually stand apart as extraordinary.
  3. Do More Than Expected- Always do your best and then some. One of the definitions of integrity, is what you do when no one is looking.  It is easier to give 100% when things are going well, but what about during adversity?  Do you work just as hard to make sure you are giving greatest effort and leaving a legacy of hard work and committment?
  4. Make Your Words Count- Be a person that steers clear of negative talk.  This includes negative self talk as well as talking ill of others.  Stay clear of gossip and when you say something mean it! Leave a legacy that you are a person who is true to their word.
  5. Laugh and Smile- The ability to laugh and make others feel good about your presence is a gift.  Don’t take yourself so seriously, be able to laugh at yourself and your shortcomings.  Maya Angelo once said “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people never forget how you made them feel!”. Couldn’t have said it any better.
  6. Take A Risk- Going through life always playing it safe will keep you in mediocrity. Take a risk in life, on a relationship, on your dream career. The benefits of following your passion will allow you to leave behind something you believed in.
  7. Give Others Credit– Say thank you to a job well done and include others in successes.  This takes time, effort and trust to build and develop relationships.  Great leaders can enroll others and celebrate successes with others as well.  It takes a special leader to enjoy successes without having to take all the credit.  Your work will speak for itself and the when others feel part of the success, your legacy grows exponentially.

Shannon L. Alder once stated “Carve Your Names On Hearts, Not Tombstones.  A Legacy Is Etched Into The Minds Of Others, And The Stories They Tell About You.” So, how do you define your Legacy? What are the habits you live by that will build your legacy?