30Jul 2014

This past weekend I attended my second “Succeed Faster” conference in Chicago, Illinois.  Succeed Faster brings together some of the best, brightest and most motivated twenty-somethings in the country for 3 days of intense networking.  There are no adequate words to describe what the conference is truly like… suffice it to say it is a life changing experience.

One of my takeaways from Succeed Faster this year was the concept of choice.  Choice is at the base of everything you do in life… every decision you make is a choice, whether consciously or unconsciously.  There are no accidents in life… everything that happens to us is a result of a choice you or someone made. Continue reading

23Jul 2014

Last week we discussed the “Typical Blueprint” passed down to us from our parents and society.  We touched on the topic of living life according to your own standards and your passions. Now I want to discuss allowing those passions to drive your life.

If you read the “About Me” section you’ll know I am a geek and that Star Wars and science fiction/fantasy is one of my various passions!  For close to a decade though I hid from that passion and I let other people’s views dominate how I lived my life.  I actively stayed away from anything and everything that could label me a “Geek” or a “Nerd” and it made me completely miserable.  When I finally said enough is enough and incorporated that piece of my soul back into my life… boy did my life change! Continue reading

16Jul 2014

Today I want to discuss the “typical blueprint” given to us for our lives; where everything is laid out for you.  It’s a life by design… but you are not the author.  The typical blueprint we are given for life is one of complacency.  It is doing what everyone has always done because that is how everyone has always done it.  

While in middle school you’re told you better get good grades so that you can do well in high school.  In High School you’re told you better get good grades so that you can get into a good college. While in college you are told you better get good grades so that you can get a good job.  Once you are working you are told you better do X, Y or Z in order to get that promotion.

In today’s day and age everything changes quickly. For those who are employed job security is not like it was in decades past.  Corporate hiring practices for new graduates have changed too. It’s no longer a guarantee that because you have a 4.0 GPA you’re going to be the top candidate for the job... or that you’ll get the job at all.  Continue reading