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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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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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 Moment that Mattered the Most

The Moment that Mattered the Most October 23, 2023 Last week, I had the honor to attend the 242nd anniversary of the victory at Yorktown, the battle that won the Revolutionary War for the United States and set the stage for the freedoms we enjoy today. It was a glorious day with dignitaries from the United…

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How to Anticipate Fast, Pivot Fast, and Act Fast

We have lived and are living in uncertain times. And one thing I have learned that some times are more uncertain than others, it’s all relative. The United States was coming out of a recession when I graduated from college. There was much uncertainty. There was high inflation, the Cold War was still there, interest…

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When it’s Time to Step Up

When my family moved to Virginia in 1973, I arrived after them as my Little League baseball team was trying to qualify to go to the regionals to qualify for the Little League World Series. Unfortunately, we lost in the state semifinals. That night, my coach drove all night to take me to my new…

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Poise under Pressure

One of Winston Churchill‘s greatest initial challenges at the beginning of World War 2 was keeping his naval forces afloat during the turbulence of the early days of the war. About a year later, his most significant concern turned to hold Parliament and the country on an even keel as Nazi assaults pounded them. To…

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Expert Audacity

Last week, I was honored to be interviewed for internet radio and two podcasts. During one of the interviews, I was asked a different slant on a question that I’ve been asked many times before. I was asked, ” what one thing that happened during the Miracle on the Hudson has served me the most.…

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The Steward of the Vision

Success is the reward for setbacks. Last week, I received an email from one of the participants of one of the events I spoke at last week. In his position, he is faced with crises every day. We interacted about one of the takeaways I shared in my presentation, mental strength and how to employ…

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