Whistle While You Work

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This week I will be celebrating my 32nd birthday, and it just so happens that I share a birthday with none other than The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger. So it only seemed fitting that this weeks post would revolve around his autobiography “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.” I admit, I was a bit unsure when someone recommended this book to me. What could an Austrian action star really have to teach me? But as it turns out, quite a bit – especially when it comes to the true definition of grit. At 15 years old Arnold found his idol Reg Park, a world-famous bodybuilder turned actor. The scrawny teenager (hard to believe the Terminator was ever scrawny) then … Read More

Build Your #GRIT, It Pays To Be A Loser

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How well would you say that you handle losing? My entire life I have always picked up skills pretty quickly and have been naturally pretty decent at anything I tried my hand at.  I always excelled at new sports quickly and I very rarely ever came across a problem I couldn’t find a solution to.  That seems all well and good, but I’ve come to realize that this had actually made me mentally weak. I have very little grit.  I came to realize this when I was playing my umpteenth round of racket ball against my now-husband, not wanting to leave until I won a match.  He had just taught me the game a couple weeks prior to this showdown … Read More

Extreme Ownership At Every Level

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Recently I have been on a Navy SEALS kick and have been absorbing as much information as possible from former SEALS like Jocko Willink and Mark Divine, as well as information on what made them successful over countless others who’ve attempted to be among these elite ranks. During this stint I grabbed the book Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, who share SEAL leadership best practices and how they translate into the business world. After retiring from the SEALS, Willink and Babin started a consulting business, Echelon Front, teaching their Leadership ideas to major organizations around the world.  This experience is what brought about the idea for their book and where … Read More