Grit Trumps IQ When it Comes to Achievement

Grit, could it be the secret sauce to achievement?   It turns out, it appears to be the case.

In a number of case studies, grit, not IQ, comes out on top as a more reliable predictor of achievement. (take the grit test here to find out where you stand).

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Sales Forecast Calls: How to Crush It Every Time!

conferencecallIs Everyone on the Conference Line?

“Oie!” You think to yourself, another sales forecast call tomorrow (I doubt that you would be thinking “oie,” but I needed to get this by the censors!)

Reaching for the closest bar napkin, you scramble to jot down your numbers.  They are dismal this quarter – borderline train wreck.  Yes, you knocked it out of the ballpark last quarter, but anyone who has been in sales knows that a quarter in sales time is like the people-year dog-year ratio thing.  Last quarter was like another lifetime. Continue reading

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10 Symptoms of High Tech Career Burnout – and How to Bounce Back


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Podcast: How to Keep the Magic of First Love through Different Relationship Stages

MamikoHave you ever wondered what is the top, serious struggle in most marriages?  Have you ever wondered how to address this challenge to improve your relationship?

Here is an excerpt from my podcast with Dr. Odegard: 

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50 Qualities of a Real Man – A Man’s Life Vow


Below are some thoughts on a man’s life vow, that is, the things to which every man should aspire.  We are all works in progress.  Success is not a measure of where you are on any of these items, but rather how you progress on them.

If our contemporary culture seems hostile to the traditional role of men, it is not because those traditions are not of value anymore, but rather because men have not stepped up to fulfill their roles and responsibilities. Thus stepping down, a vacuum has been created.

The question remains “Who will step up to fill this void?”

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One of the Great Speeches Every Man Should Hear

The video pretty much sums it up. A good speech for young men (and old) to hear. This is a clip from a truly great movie, Secondhand Lions, suitable for families! Two of my favorite actors star in this coming of age film; Michael Cain and Robert Duvall.

Credits for the film Secondhand Lions:

Directed by Tim McCanlies
Produced by David Kirschner, Scott Ross, Corey Sienega
Written by Tim McCanlies
Starring Haley Joel Osment, Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Kyra Sedgwick
Music by Patrick Doyle
Cinematography Jack N. Green
Editing by David Moritz
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates September 19, 2003


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Be a Simple Kind of Man

As I am typing this I am streaming Lynyrd Skynyrd’s epic hit “Simple Man.” The one line that hits me between the eyes every time is:

“And be a simple kind of man. Be something you love and understand.”

Not that this song is my personal anthem, but in some ways it comes close. It makes a seemingly complex world for a man, a great deal simpler by advising men to become something they can love and understand. Continue reading

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This Is The Only Thing That Really Matters

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are all travelers

“My home is in Heaven. I am just traveling through this world.” -Billy Graham.

Aren’t we all really travelers in this world? Everything is transient. Nothing lasts forever and eventually we must all pass through another door. Continue reading

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One Quick Test To Check If You Should Upgrade Your Website

UpgradeUpgrade your website?  Here is a quick test to find out:

  1. Get your smartphone (or your friends)
  2. Go to the web access app
  3. Type in your website address
  4. Look at the result on the phone – what do you think?  Should you upgrade your website?

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Rave New Media: New Service Launched!

Rave_R_180x180Yesterday we launched a new service and a new site.  It is called Rave New Media.

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Best Freelance Service: Odesk vs Freelancer vs Elance vs 99designs

Have you ever used a freelance service?  I currently have done projects using Freelancer and have found it OK (so far) for book editors.

However, my next endeavor is far more ambitious and will require the development of a web application.

Today I was looking at freelance service comparisons and stumbled on a blog post with an infographic.  I have freely admitted my addiction to infogrpahics before so I thought I would share this one with anyone interested in comparing freelance services. Continue reading

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