Calling

Finding Your Calling: How to Get Where You Need to Be

Some people are seemingly born knowing what they want to do with their lives. They may start by playing with a toy doctor’s kit at age 4, then follow through with med school and end up being a world-renowned surgeon. No one ever doubted who they’d grow up to become, least of all themselves. And […]

Anger

4 Proven Ways to Calm the Stormy Mind

Anger can be addictive, and it’s something that I’ve struggled with since childhood. I’ve shared many stories of my violent past, including participation in gangs, road rage incidents, and even domestic disputes. But over the last few years, I’ve worked diligently with my therapist to harness this rage that can simmer inside me. It’ll always […]

Home

What You Need to Know Before Buying Your First Home

Making the transition from renter to homeowner is an exciting step in any adult’s life. It signifies a new era of personal and financial responsibility—and that’s something that may hold some people back from taking the plunge into homeownership. Luckily, a little knowledge goes a long way when it comes to shopping for your first […]

Gratitude

The Difference that Gratitude Makes

You can be the most successful person in the world, but if you aren’t practicing gratitude, you probably won’t be happy. That’s because gratitude is that key factor that forces you to acknowledge what you have—and what you’ve worked so hard for. I say “practice” gratitude because it doesn’t always come naturally to us. Caught […]

Success Stair

My Fixer-Upper Life: A Personal & Professional Story

It’s easy to look at someone who’s successful and assume their life has always been perfect. I’m guilty of jumping to the conclusion myself when I meet some people. But then I remind myself of a kid who started with nothing, fought through some really tough years, and then worked his way to a comfortable, […]

Addiction

Addiction and the Lies We Tell Ourselves

Addiction comes in many forms — from drugs and alcohol to food and gambling. But something all addictions have in common is that they’re extremely damaging to our lives, and yet we can always find ways to justify continuing down the path of addiction. How do we do that? By lying to ourselves. Here are […]

Vision

The Long and Short-Term Risks of Not Articulating Your Vision

Not having a clear set of goals is a proven way to ensure you’ll never meet them. That’s why articulating your vision is a critical first step toward success—to give yourself something to aspire to besides some general idea of “making it.” Don’t settle for some half-baked idea of where you want to be in […]

Entrepreneurship

Top 5 Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs

Whether launching a tech startup or building a brick and mortar store, entrepreneurs often share similar qualities that contribute to their success. A combination of passion, commitment, and innovation are needed to take the sometimes-scary step toward working for yourself—and these are traits that I’ve seen in entrepreneurs time and time again. If you’re considering […]