It isn’t easy to be your own champion, even when you are good at championing others. In life, your biggest competitor is yourself. You are competing for victory over fear, …
How would your life change if you could stop procrastinating today? Typically, I am working with my team on new blogs on the day I want them published. Would it …
You’ve probably heard the wise adage that no man or woman is an island? It’s undoubtedly true for entrepreneurs. Even the most talented and successful among us benefits from the help, wisdom and guidance of others.
Leadership is the cornerstone for strong management within an organization, serving to maximize efficiency and effectiveness, and to achieve organizational results. Every company needs strong leadership but, as Forbes points …
Success isn’t developed in a bubble. Oprah Winfrey credited Maya Angelou for helping her develop as a TV personality and a human being. “She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher,” Winfrey wrote in a touching Instagram post after the famed poet’s passing in 2014. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sought advice from Apple’s then-CEO Steve Jobs during Facebook’s early stages, and late CBS anchor Walter Cronkite publicly thanked a high school journalism teacher for inspiring his path.
Vince Lombardi famously said that “Leaders are made, they are not born.” Considered by many to be the greatest coach in NFL history, the Pro Football Hall of Famer believed that with hard work and dedication anyone can become a leader.
Remember when mom taught you to balance a checkbook? Unfortunately, not every child learns how to manage their personal finances at home. Or even at school. One recent study of young adults by The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development showed that more than 60% of American teens don’t know how to complete basic financial tasks such as budgeting and balancing accounts. Yet many of them – as much as 1 in 3 – already use credit cards. In instances where lessons are being taught, the information does not always reflect the changes in how people use money (like paying with phones or apps).
Many of the entrepreneurs I mentor, often ask me what is the key to entrepreneurial success. Without a doubt, passion, the willingness to work hard, a smart business strategy and the right associations are all pivotal to thrive. But even if you have all these things, you can still fail if you simply aren’t motivated to start or persevere when you finally do.
Throughout my career, passion has fueled all of my endeavors. My passion for mentoring and educating youth and adults in financial literacy is what motivates me to get up every morning. Influencing corporations, entrepreneurs, families and individuals to achieve their financial and entrepreneurial goals is at the heart of who I am.
Organized, persistent, goal-oriented–these are some of the character traits that can make someone successful. These attributes are also the bedrock of everything I have achieved personally and professionally. Despite this, I don’t take anything for granted, because I know how fragile success is—which is one of the primary reasons for fear.