Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

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

Tag: Action (page 1 of 2)

The Beatles landed

Fifty-five years ago, in February 1964, the Beatles landed in New York for their first American tour.  There were 5,000 screaming fans at the airport to greet them.  Beatlemania had begun. Continue reading

The day my ego died

I have been thinking a lot lately about the day my ego died.  I mean, we all have an ego.  That part of us that doesn’t want to be embarrassed.  Doesn’t want to look like we don’t know the answer.  Cares about what other people think of us. Continue reading

Sam Kass

I read about Sam Kass in Michelle Obama’s book Becoming.  He was the head chef at the White House.  But I didn’t know his back story.  I heard it last week on Tim Ferriss’ podcast and it was so inspiring.  He went to the University of Chicago on a baseball scholarship and did a history degree because he was always interested in how we got to where we ended up.  He mentioned a tidbit about professional baseball that I found extremely interesting.  He said the top professional baseball players have a 30 per cent success rate.  So the best players in the league fail 70 per cent of the time.  How inspiring is that?  They hit more but they also swing more.  A lesson for us all. Continue reading

Mary Oliver

When I do my presentation at schools and corporations about embracing failure and having grit, I start with the Mary Oliver quote, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Continue reading

November 30th

Two people who made a big impression on me celebrated their birthdays today.  British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was born 144 years ago on November 30th, 1874.  The author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, was born on the same day in 1835, 183 years ago.   Continue reading

Worry

Worry.  It can creep up on you and steal your power.  As Corrie ten Boom, who helped many Jews escape the Nazis by hiding them in her house, said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow.  It empties today of its strength.” Continue reading

Fear itself

American president Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  Fear can paralyze you.  Stop you from speaking up, trying something new, making a change.   Continue reading

Keep going

Author and activist Glennon Doyle said, “Keep going.  That’s all you have to do, ever.  You really don’t have to be amazing, or fierce or beautiful or successful or good.  Just keep going, please.  Slowly is fine.  Crawling is fine.  No feeling is final.  Except hope.” Continue reading

When it comes to greatness

When it comes to greatness, it’s inside all of us.  And the only thing that lets it out is action.

Mozart composed over 600 musical pieces.  Picasso created over 50,000 works of art.  And Van Gogh painted 900 paintings. Continue reading

Taking action

I was speaking at an event yesterday to moms of young children about embracing failure, knowing you are enough, and taking action.  We started talking about finding yourself again when your life is changed so much by becoming a mother.  Continue reading

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