These 6 Basic Lessons Will Change Your Life Forever

Now the story begins about a year ago when I received a very candid note from one of my mentors – a retired senior UN official, whose counsel I have found particularly invaluable over the last two years. It was one of those very timely reminders that completely repositions you if, for whatever reason, you…

Moving to a New City Never Felt so Right!

I completely embrace the idea of “[Growing] where you’re planted”. We should do all within our power and creativity to extract the best from every situation, wherever life’s journey takes us. This expression is however misunderstood by many who have endured hardships, feeling duty-bound and attempting unnecessary and futile heroics in oppressive and unhealthy environments….

5 Principles for Achieving Major Success in Your Life & Career

Follow me on…      In this edition of ‘Defying the Odds’, I share with you 5 basic and often overlooked principles for achieving bountiful success in life. These 5 principles are not dependent on your current social standing, your educational background, or how much money you earn. But they will change your life forever. They are…

Finding Financial Freedom in Your Dormant Talents

Today I have prepared a special message for every young and seasoned professional currently in search of new employment opportunities, or very simply, a greater sense of purpose and satisfaction in their professional pursuits. Follow me on…      Now I speak to you today from the standpoint of someone who knows what rejection, a toxic work…

Celebrating Life’s Victories, Embracing Its Challenges

Follow me on…      As a young boy, the beach could serve no higher purpose than for me to have the time of my life. Two decades later, the beach still has great significance in my life – though today as a place of prayer and reflection. I recently visited one of my favorite beaches for…

‘Reality Check’ vs Pessimism

There is a huge difference between a “reality-check” and pessimism. A reality-check is the understanding that as bad as things may seem in your life, that there will always be enough hope, faith, and love to get you through your gloomy days. Pessimism on the other hand, is that toxic mindset that causes you to…

Progress Comes at a Cost, All Good Things Take Time

There are two things that modern society has certainly failed to teach us – at least my generation: That progress often comes at a very high cost, and that all good things take time. Unless you are absolutely willing to make some serious sacrifices, and to be patient enough to see your efforts bear fruit…

Disappointments are a Fact of Life

Disappointments are a fact of life – they are as inevitable to the ambitious, as despair is to the unmotivated; and your ability to handle your disappointments gracefully, is a sure sign of maturity and spiritual growth. So don’t you even consider giving up on your dreams or dismantling your goals because of that apparent…

Don’t Let Disappointments Derail Your Dreams

There are some dreams in life that will never be satisfied by a “Plan B” – dreams that have endured the test of time and the changing circumstances of life. Far too often many of us give up on our dreams at the first sign of difficulty, and ultimately make our “backup plans” our “permanent…

It’s Time to Challenge Yourself to Bigger Dreams

As you pursue your dreams in life, your world may sometimes seem to be falling apart. So go right ahead… bury your head in your pillow, cry, take long, lonely walks if you need too. But whatever you do, just NEVER give up on your dreams. You see, dreams demand sacrifice. The bigger the dream,…

Practice Makes Perfect – Exercise Your Faith Today

Practice makes perfect. I have personally seen the relevance of this old adage increase with each passing day, as both the routines and dynamism of life pose new challenges on a daily basis; and although we may not be privy to tomorrow’s challenges, our ‘faith in action’ offers us the assurance that everything… and I mean…

Don’t Forget to Have a Blast this Weekend!

In our pursuit of success, we often slight the need to incorporate social interactions into our lives. Aristotle reminds us that “Man is by nature a social [being]”, and that without social interaction, our humanity comes into question. One of the most toxic elements of the modern workplace is the absence of social interaction –…