Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

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Big goals and big risks lead to big outcomes

I was listening to Tim Ferriss interview Peter Diamandis and so many inspirational tidbits were shared.  Peter created the X Prize Foundation that offered a $10 million prize to entice private companies to build manned space ships that could go into space twice in two weeks.  Peter didn’t have the prize money yet when he launched the bold initiative but he convinced 20 astronauts and the head of NASA to stand beside him on stage for the announcement.  One hundred and fifty companies turned Peter down when he was trying to raise the prize money but Ansari finally said yes and the contest was a success.  More than $100 million was invested in creating space travel solutions by non-government groups trying to win the prize.  Big goals and big risks lead to big outcomes. Continue reading

The Art of Learning

I am currently reading The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin.  He won the national chess championships eight times starting at nine years old.  Josh writes, “It is my nature to revel in apparent chaos.  I’ve always loved thunderstorms, blizzards, hurricanes, rough seas, sharky waters.”  He feels this ability to believe in resilience through challenge is what helped him win so many tough chess matches. Continue reading

Grateful

I’m very grateful.  Grateful that we have a place to lay our heads tonight.  Grateful that my three kids are enjoying their school year and all the activities that go with it.  Grateful that my mom and dad cooked a delicious meal for us yesterday after we spent the weekend at a hockey rink for a tournament that we won.  I’m grateful for friends who accept my flaws, books that inspire me, walks that fuel me and dreams that keep me moving in the right direction. Continue reading

Knowledge is power

Knowledge is power.  And the people who give us this gift are teachers.

As Nobel Peace Prize winner, activist and terrorism survivor Malala Yousafzai said, “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” Continue reading

Merit

I was listening to Ed Cooke, British author and memory expert, on the Tim Ferriss podcast and he said something really interesting.  He was talking about merit.   Society tells us that if someone works very hard and is paid good money for their efforts they are worthy of that success.  They are worthy as a human being.   Continue reading

Disney World opened in Orlando

Forty-seven years ago, on October 1, 1971, Disney World opened in Orlando.

Walt Disney was turned down over 300 times for financing when he was trying to build Walt Disney World.  But he was used to rejection. Continue reading

I have known about Tony Robbins

I have known about Tony Robbins for years.  I saw him jumping on stages, getting people to walk across hot coals, coaching leaders like Lady Diana, Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and Oprah. Continue reading

What is your definition of success?

What is your definition of success?  Is it followers?  Likes?  Salary increases?  Bonuses?  Is it moments you felt proud?  It is finishing something?  Is it starting something?  Is it times your children inspired you?  Is it the ability to travel?  Is it buying your own home?  Is it selling your life story?

The definition is different for all of us.  The one thing that matters is that it’s something that doesn’t disappoint us once attained. Continue reading

I remember the first time he won the Masters

They said he was a has-been.  Washed up.  Never to rise again.  I remember the first time he won the Masters.  It was 1997 and I won the office pool in a three-way-tie with two other girls because all the office golf experts had written Tiger Woods off, but he was our pick to win.

Yesterday he won the Tour Championship 21 years after that first Masters win and five years after his last professional victory. Continue reading

You’re doing something wrong

I saw an anonymous meme the other day that said, “If people don’t occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you’re doing something wrong.”

We should all be doing something outside the box.  Blazing a trail rather than walking a well-worn path.

If you spend too much time doing what the experts recommend or what society says then you can’t make a breakthrough.   Continue reading

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