Reach Your Full Potential: The World is Counting on You

reaching your full potentialThe world needs you to work toward reaching your full potential.

Whether you realize it or not, no one else has your unique mix of personality, gifts, talents, abilities, interests, passions, life experiences, dreams, goals, hurts, failures, learnings, etc.

Add these all up, and you are one unique and gifted individual — full of ability, experience and potential which can help make this world a better place.

We need you to be all you were meant to be!


Because, as Zig Ziglar says:

“You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.”

Do you have a plan to help you reach your full potential and be all you were created to be?

If not, check out this article to help you get started: How to reach your full potential.

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The Big Difference Between Success & Failure

I don’t know about you, but I used to always think there was a huge difference between success and failure…between people who succeeded in what they wanted in life, and those who failed.

Today, through my own experience and observation, I’ve realized the big difference between success and failure is really very small and subtle.

Jim Rohn explains it this way:

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure.”

When I pause to reflect on my own life, in light of this quote, I know Jim Rohn is correct. What about you? [Read more…]

Personal Growth Lessons from Steve Jobs

Personal growth lessons from Steve JobsApple founder Steve Jobs will long be celebrated for revolutionizing several industries, including personal computers, digital publishing, music, animated movies, phones, and tablet computing.

While I’m a devoted Apple fan and iPhone, iPod and Mac user, what’s more interesting to me than what Jobs did in his life was how he did it.  In other words, what were the factors that helped him become the success that he was?

I’ve read several articles about Jobs over the last few days since his death, and uncovered some interesting personal growth life lessons we can learn from his life. [Read more…]

Living to Your Full Potential – A Personal Growth Lesson from the Farm

Reach your full potentialOne of my biggest lessons in personal growth and how to reach your full potential came from an apple, of all things.

I grew up living next-door to my grandparents’ fruit farm.  They grew cherries, peaches, grapes, blueberries, pears, plums, apples, and more.

One day, my grandfather shared with me the amazing power and potential contained within one solitary apple.  It was a lesson that stayed with me for life.

At the time, I hadn’t really thought much about the apple.

For all I knew, an apple was just a piece of fruit that could be consumed – all except for the seed-laden core, which I would just throw in the garbage.

My grandfather explained that if I planted that apple’s six seeds in the ground, I could grow six apple trees that, when mature, would produce anywhere from 150-250 apples each (depending upon the variety of apple tree).  [Read more…]

Productivity Tip: Increase Your Learning by Increasing Playback Speed

Screenshot of the "48 Days to the Work You Love" podcast at double (2x) speed.

I’m always on the look-out for personal growth and productivity tips that will help me increase my personal productivity and accelerate the achievement of my goals.

One tip I stumbled upon last year is to increase the playback speed of podcasts that I listen to on my iPhone.

At the time, I had never noticed that you could listen to a podcast (or music) at different speeds.

But then I found that you could listen at half speed (1/2x), full speed (1x), and double speed (2x).

You just have to click the little box in the upper right-hand corner of the iPod player from 1x (the default) to 2x.

So, I started listening to podcasts at double speed and was amazed by what happened: [Read more…]

Do You Feel Challenged at Work?

How satisfied and challenged are you in your work?  Do you feel like your job has meaning?  Like you’re making a difference?

I recently attended the Global Leadership Summit videocast.  And as I said in a previous post, it’s an annual opportunity for me to re-charge my personal leadership “batteries.”

Bill Hybels founded the Global Leadership Summit, and he’s also the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois.

work life balance, fulfillment at workBill kicked off the first session of the Global Leadership Summit and began his talk by asking, “What is your current level of challenge in your work?”  He suggested three basic levels of challenge: [Read more…]