When pressure hits—your highest level of preparation is revealed

Last weekend, during our “Operation Do No Harm” event, I was speaking with one of the veterans who attended. It was in between my talk and when Dave Albin and his team did the firewalk experience. He asked me if I felt any pressure after the plane was in the water. He had just heard…

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The Power of When Commitment and Confidence Overlap

This past weekend, I had the honor to speak and participate with my friend, Dave Albin, in two events. Dave is the founder and President of Firewalk Adventures. These events were unique where we brought together an inspirational message about how when you embrace uncertainty, you ignite opportunity with an opportunity to break boards and…

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Finding the right Who is the remedy for Procrastination

Earlier last week, the announcement that I will be speaking at CoachCon in Nashville was released. I am extremely honored to be selected to speak. When I was asked to speak, the event planner asked me to speak on transformation. The Miracle on the Hudson was a transformational experience for me. Not only what happened…

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How to Get Your Seat At The Table

When the pandemic hit, almost four years ago, I was at College Station speaking in Texas. The next day, the United States was in lockdown. The speaking industry suddenly went to nothing. There were no speaking engagements and no events. Revenue dried up in an instant. I went from making five figures for speaking on…

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A Leadership Lesson To Create Opportunity Out Of Uncertainty

Last week, I spoke for the American Red Cross at their headquarters in Washington, DC. If you have followed my talks, interviews, blogs, website, or social media, you know that I have a strong affinity for what the Red Cross stands for and its mission: to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of…

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How To Create Opportunity Out Of Uncertainty By Facing Your Fears

When I attended James Madison University, I was an International Business Major. It was a new discipline in the College of Business, and our class was the first to go through the entire curriculum. There were two courses in the non-major portion of that curriculum that I would do anything to not ever have to…

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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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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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