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
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
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
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
The world gasped at the sad news of fashion icon Kate Spade passing away yesterday. It reminds us that mental illness doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, what your address is, or how successful you have been. Continue reading
Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking to 80 team members at a corporate lunch and learn about women who lead. I shared my publishing goal of one hundred rejections and all the lessons about success, failure, grit and resilience I learned along the way. I spoke about famous failures and regular folks who never gave up. Continue reading
In Sean Achor’s new book, Big Potential, he talks about how success and happiness are not individual sports but team efforts. He mentions an American biologist, Professor Hugh Smith, who was travelling through a Southeast Asian jungle in 1935. Suddenly, surrounded by night sky, the professor saw a mangrove tree along the river completely light up and then go dark. And it happened again a few seconds later. Next all the trees along the river embankment lit up and went dark together. After his initial shock wore off, he realized that the trees were covered in lightning bugs who were flashing their light in unison. Continue reading
As I sat watching the Darkest Hour in a theatre on Winston Churchill Boulevard, it was not lost on me. The larger than life British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, played brilliantly by Gary Oldman, was portrayed as the human that he was. Which made the story all the more touching. Continue reading
This week the movie Darkest Hour will be released. It tells the tale of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in World War II having to decide whether to make peace with Hitler or fight on. So much of Europe had already fallen to the Nazis and Britain almost lost everything at Dunkirk when regular folks in personal boats had to help bring the British soldiers home to fight against the German attack. Continue reading