“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is growth. If we do not invest in our personal and spiritual growth, it is the same as dying. Before we seek growth in others, we need to commit to it in ourselves.
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As both an introvert and a company CEO, I’m forced to walk the tightrope of communicating with my staff but still being true to my personality. These two aspects of my business life are often at odds. As a CEO I’m forced to attend a variety of meetings, discussions, and calls. The introvert in me prefers to limit interactions as they drain my energy over the course of the day. So over time, I’ve implemented several communication rules to resolve this contradiction. These practices allow me to communicate while accommodating my needs as an introvert.
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I follow a lot of food bloggers, and I’m not sure why.
Don’t get me wrong; I love food; my ample midsection is damning evidence of that fact. But there is no stretch of the definition of a “foodie” that would include me.
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I’ve been neglecting this site the last few weeks. Issues at the office have dominated my attention to start the new year, and I’ve been pushing my creative pursuits aside to stamp out a myriad of work fires. But I realize it is a slippery slope. Last year I emotionally crashed and burned after a decade of being dedicated solely to my business. I started this blog site as a way to express myself creatively and regain my work-life balance. So I worry I’m heading down the same destructive path as before.
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While I’m not big on New Year resolutions; it is an excellent time to reflect and think about the year that was. When I began this blog last April, I didn’t know how it would evolve. I have a lot of varied interests, most of which don’t overlap, so it is hard to build a blog around them. As the CEO of a multi-million dollar company, I have an exciting work life, but it is also chaotic and stressful. I wanted a blog separate from all that turmoil, concentrated on more positive features. While I like to travel, outside an outstanding trip to Spain, I curtailed my normal travel schedule to deal with issues anchoring me close to home. And hovering over all those elements of my life was a persistent and pervasive fog of depression and anxiety which dominated much of my year.
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I’ve been in love with technology all my life.
For most of my professional career, I’ve held positions in the technical field. Beginning as a programmer and database administrator, I moved up the ranks to leadership positions where I defined corporate technology strategy. I am the poster child for a “techie”. But as I sit here drafting this blog post, I am writing it by hand into a paper notebook using a fountain pen. Somewhere in the last few years, my love affair with technology has waned. We needed time apart. Here’s why.