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The Legend of John the Dwarf

The Legend of John the Dwarf

A mentor of mine shared this story with me several years ago. John the Dwarf—also known as Saint John Kolobos—was a Coptic desert father born in the year 339 in the town of Thebes, Egypt. Given his moniker, I’m guessing he was not a tall man. He was raised in poverty...

Are You Over Gripping the Wheel of Life?

Are You Over Gripping the Wheel of Life?

“Just hold on loosely, but don’t let go. If you cling too tightly, you’re gonna lose control.” –Donnie Van Zant, .38 Special  A few years ago, I hired a personal and executive coach who quickly became a significant mentor. One day when asking him for feedback, he said...

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Do You Really Want To Change?

Do You Really Want To Change?

Today’s Big Idea—Research identifies six stages of change people pass through when trying to change their behavior. Leaders need to understand these stages in order to make changes in their own lives, and help others grow. For almost 10 years, I worked as a...

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Never Despise Small Beginnings

Never Despise Small Beginnings

Today’s Big Idea: “An overnight success is 15 years in the making.” –Dave Ramsey Above is a picture of the common water hyacinth—pontederia crassipes—a plant that is native to tropical and sub-tropical regions of South America. In one of the most important books I...

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Happy at Work—10 Tips For Finding a Job You Love

Happy at Work—10 Tips For Finding a Job You Love

For most people, work has a huge impact on overall life happiness. Furthermore, staying in a job you hate can have devastating consequences for your health, your emotional well-being, and your relationships. After all, we spend about 1/3 of our lives at work, about...

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