Leadership & Parenting: “Just Do Your Best?”

My parents told me, from kindergarten through college as well as all of my years in competitive sports, “Just do your best,” and with that, I went on into the world a “fairly well-adjusted, happy kid.” I never quite excelled in school. I never quite excelled in sports. Sure, I was a good student and student-athlete, but was “good” really my best? Just do your best? While I love my parents, I have to say it was a mistake to tell me (an incredibly insecure, sensitive, creative child) to “Just do your best.” Think about it.  What are the benchmarks?

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Damn Social Media, You Are So Distracting

The view on whether social media is a distraction or a necessity during the workday is a polarizing topic. If you are on Julie Morgenstern’s side then one should limit their SM usage to 10 minutes a day, because you have a business to run after all. On the other end of the spectrum you will find Peter Shankman who believes you must always look at potential new clients and what your competition is doing. In some cases social media use may not even be up to you at all, but to your boss or the corporations view point on

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Are You a Linchpin Or A Cog?

I just started at CreateWOWMarketing on the 10th and I want to be indispensable! It is easy for most of us to be a small cog in the great machine of the company. You just do the minimum and reap the rewards of your biweekly paycheck. There are some people who want more and realize that the work atmosphere has changed recently, and has become far more competitive. I want to be the one that keeps the machine running, so that without me everything will fall apart. Often when you are an outstanding worker you will discover that even more

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Hands In The Air

commit to something more than yourself

This is about as political as I get. Considering the events that have unfolded this week (the “untimely” demise of Osama BinLaden), I found it appropriate to speak up. Whatever side of the isle you sit on or whatever God you pray to, take heed. Look beyond yourself – just for 60 seconds. THEN, go back to what you were doing, knowing that there IS more. May 2, 2011: I watched a riveting documentary on Dr. Martin Luther King last night and felt compelled to talk about committing to something. More importantly, the relentless pursuit of committing to something greater

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Do You Have A Studio Brand?

For those that know me, you certainly realize I have a “slight” passion for music. It scores my life (and some of yours… 😉 ) . It is ALWAYS on in my house, my office, my car, my headphones (when discretion is required) and in my heart. So when I sat in my office this morning thinking of what to write, I (of course) had my iTunes randomly playing tunes out of the thousands of choices. It shuffled from Moby and Gwen Stefani to Stevie Wonder to Stevie Vai to Ella Fitzgerald and on to Curt Cobain and Nirvana. Then

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