You need to Move your Needle to Break the Label

The final time I saw my first mentor before he passed away, he asked me to promise him to not let what I had learned “die with me.” It wasn’t until 2016 and I found his hand written notes from 1929 is when I started to fulfill that promise. One of the things I share…

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The Mindset of You Can Be More

Many influential people have come into my life and brought me into their circles to mentor me. People often ask me how I have had these opportunities to be around these fantastic individuals. It comes down to one basic principle. Proximity is power. Recently, someone asked me if there was one message that resonated with…

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How One Degree can change your Date with Destiny

As I approached the podium to make my final remarks at our 15th-anniversary celebration, recognizing our first responder, healthcare, military, and Red Cross heroes of the Miracle on the Hudson, I suddenly became very emotional. I had prepared remarks ready to go, but at the last moment, I made an “executive decision” and changed them…

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How Hope comes out of Cooperation

I was honored to participate in and host the event, recognizing and celebrating the first responders, healthcare workers, Red Cross, and military personnel who were involved in turning a potential tragedy into a miracle on January 15, 2009. Being with all the disparate groups from fifteen years ago was inspirational and emotional. I want to…

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When you Believe that Pressure is a Privilege

Today is the 15th anniversary of the Miracle on the Hudson. Every year, it is an emotional day, especially around 15:27 hours or 3:27 pm when US Airways 1549 headed straight into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, as I was sitting in seat 15A. Over the past two months, I have been privileged…

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A Chance is Everything You Need

As many of you may know, the next Monday will be the 15th anniversary of the Miracle on the Hudson. Every anniversary is special, but the ones that end in a “five” get more attention, and this one is especially special for me as it will be the 15th anniversary of the miracle, which happened…

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Light always shines in the Darkness

I have participated in Coach Patty’s end-of-year 5000-yard swim for the past two years. The first two were tough, and I needed to take a couple of extra breaks to finish, so I was determined to complete this year’s experience with the standard breaks, keeping up with my six-lane mates. FYI, I did finish with…

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The Importance of the right Mentor

2023 has been an unbelievable year. When people ask me how I am doing, my usual response is, “Unbelievable.” I learned during my first Tom Hopkins boot camp that if you answer that question in that manner, you will always be telling the truth. Your day can be unbelievably great or unbelievably bad. It’s all…

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Experiences are more important than money

One of the things my mentor did for me was occasionally, he would invite me to lunch at a place called Bill Spoons BBQ to sit and listen to him and some of his contemporaries talk about the issues of the day or challenges they were having. I would sit there and listen and eat…

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Focus on Core Values, not Words

As we approach the 15th anniversary of the Miracle on the Hudson, I have been having many conversations with first responders. If you have heard me speak, I share my belief that the true heroes on January 15, 2009, were the NY Waterways and the first responders. What the crew did is truly heroic, and…

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