Why Giving Thanks Gives You an Edge

One Simple and Proven Reason Gratitude is the Winning Attitude

Duke University’s Mike Krzyzewski is the winningest coach in college basketball. His players have won over a thousand games and five national championships. And I know his secret.

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Before their 2015 tournament, Coach K and his players and coaches wrote the names of people who had helped them on a ball. They took it with them everywhere they went.

“Players started carrying the ball around—to team meals, on the plane, at practices, in the locker room,” Coach K told Success magazine. “Some of the guys even slept with it—had it right there with them in their rooms.”

If Your Life Were a Game, What Would the Score Be?

Take My Free 10-Minute LifeScore™ Assessment and Find Out

You’ve no doubt heard the business adage, “What you don’t measure, you can’t improve.” It’s certainly true in business, sports, and science, but what about life?


What if you could measure yourself in the areas that matter most—so that you can improve? What if you could get an overall score for your life, take it to the next level, and create the life you want?

Well, now you can.

How to Maximize Your Conversations This Holiday Season

9 Questions You and Your Family Can Ask Around the Table

We are almost in the holiday season, and that means a lot of great things: fun memories, good food, and more. But it also means a few challenges.


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You know one of my big ones? Let’s visit the Honest Planet for a minute. It’s awkward conversations.

You probably know what I mean. With all the parties and get-togethers, there’s almost no way to avoid those dead-end discussions, off-the-wall observations, and random rabbit trails that leave you feeling like you need to leave early, is there?

"The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read." -Mark Twain

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The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. – Lin Yutang

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Why No Failure is Truly Permanent

8 Lessons That Can Take You from Where You Are to Where You Want to Go

Do you remember what it was like in school to get your test back with a big, fat, red “F” written at the top? It was worse than flunking. It felt like an indictment, like a label. I’m a failure.

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Those feelings stick with us and come back later in life too, don’t they? We miss a big goal. Failure. Lose a client. Failure. Get fired. Failure. Pretty soon we feel like we can’t win.

I’ve been there. I can remember sitting in the floor of an empty office with my business partner. The only thing the bank didn’t take was our phone. And the only way I could have been any lower is if there were a basement.

"Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, your actions louder than your words, and your faith stronger than your feelings." -Unknown

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Why You’re Unhealthy, Stuck, and Miserable

One Trick Anyone Can Use to Improve Their Circumstances Starting Today

I hear from people all the time who feel stuck in bad jobs, bad habits, and bad relationships. And when it comes down to it, I have one single piece of advice.

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It’s pretty simple, actually. Ready? Here it goes: Stop thinking about it. No, I don’t mean live in denial. What I do mean is shift your focus.

"It always seems impossible until it's done." -Nelson Mandela

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This is a Periscope replay of the #VirtualMentor. In this scope, we discussed my blog post, “The Secret to Ben Carson’s Success: Hint: You Can Use It in Your Life, Too!.”

If you are interested, I broadcast daily on Periscope, Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. CDT. If I published a new blog post or podcast, we discuss that. If not, we talk about whatever I am thinking about. And I always take some off-topic questions.

You’ll need to download the free Periscope app if you want to watch live. You can get the iPhone and Android versions here.

Everything works out in the end. If it hasn't worked out yet, then it isn't the end.

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