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On 27 May 2015 - 5:05pm


“To have a long-term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.” -Pat Riley

Get sincerely obsessed. If you want to to be successful, you are gently but forcefully in love with what you do.

A great writer? Commit daily and with passion.

A superb pianist? Study scales and rehearse with sincerity.

A great social entrepreneur? Launch it!

An amazing mom? Take sincere care and do your best every day…

Be committed and focused on serving with your best self. Be obsessed… and with joy!


Pat Riley participated in both basketball and football, playing professionally for both. He comes from a family of ...more

On 26 May 2015 - 5:05pm


What a privilege for many Stanford students and Palo Alto go-getters to hear Oprah at Stanford. She came to speak to the students and what an inspiration it was!

Oprah relayed many personal stories of challenge and triumph; one of them was a special favorite. In her Academy Award winning role in The Color Purple as the character Sofia, she went through a perilous audition. To even go for this acting role seemed like a stretch for her; she was very nervous (auditioning for Steven Spielberg no less).

For days she did not hear a response.

We all know what that feels like! The job interview, school application, health report, even prayer ( ...more

On 25 May 2015 - 5:05pm

“If you feel out of order, here’s the way:
Love, love, love! Be it, live it, and that’s your success for today.”
– Grey T. Full

On 22 May 2015 - 5:05pm


“I am a convinced universalist. I believe that in the end all men will be gathered into the love [of God].

-William BarclayOf course, leading UniversalGiving, I love the term Universal.

It says to me, “We include everyone.”

We cherish every person’s life, contribution, spoken word, and presence. I learned this from my parents, my religion, and the values in our home. And it really got driven home while I was on Outward Bound.

Outward Bound, an outdoor education camp, threw you into 20 mile hikes, ice picking and rock ...more

On 21 May 2015 - 5:05pm

barbed_safety_Fence_225577_l“I have no enemies and no hatred. Enemy mentality will poison the spirit of a nation’s progress towards freedom and democracy.”

– Liu Xiabo, Chinese writer and human rights activist

“I am O.K. Here in prison, I have continually been able to read and think. In my studies, I have become even more convinced I have no personal enemies.”

“I have no enemies and no hated. None of the police who monitored, arrested, and interrogated me, none of the prosecutors who indicted me, and none of the judges who judged me are my enemies. Although there is no way I can accept your monitoring, arrests, indictments, and verdicts, I respect your professions and your integrity… Hatred can rot away at a person’s ...more

On 20 May 2015 - 5:05pm

rock-balancingI think one key point in life is to maintain balance–balance between time for work, time for loved ones, time for oneself, time for interests outside of one’s business. It’s so important to keep that balance, or we’ll simply burn-out.

I remember once when I was young in my career, and meeting with a fairly older, single woman. She was a successful venture capitalist. I don’t know that I would consider her life successful. She traveled the world incessantly and was on every important board. But she seemed tired and joy was scarce. She told me to “Pack it all in.”

I didn’t. I kept my balance. I started a nonprofit and I did creative improv. I took care of my very young nephews and nieces. I loved life and I loved the people in my life. ...more

On 19 May 2015 - 5:05pm


Phillips Brooks, an educator and spiritual leader, advised us to push ourselves into the unknown for a special reason: To become spiritual.

Well, you might ask, “Why is being spiritual so important? I simply want to create a great company, write a book, or scale Mount Kilimanjaro.

The qualities it takes to do any of the above, and anything miraculous, are unseeable.  They are:

Perseverance, don’t ever think of giving up…
Thoughtfulness and care in building a team…
Inspirational, being able to paint your vision in a way that excites others, impels them to take action…

You must have these qualities to build successful relationships and enduring ...more

On 18 May 2015 - 5:05pm

“Be prepared to fall in love all over again every day.”

-Michael J. Fox

This is true for every relationship. Whether it is your husband, partner, friend, calling in life, your labrador, or the beautiful sun we greet each day, be prepared… to fall in love again.

Appreciating all we have is the most wonderful, nurturing gift we can wrap for ourselves, others and the world.  It envelops everything in the giftwrap of love.


Michael J. Fox is an actor and activist.  He has appeared in iconic roles including Marty McFly in Back to the Future and Alex P. Keaton in the TV show Family Ties.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1991, revealing his condition publicly in 1998.  Since then he has been a powerful activist promoting research for a cure.  He has been married to actress Tracy Pollan since 1988, and they have four children.  Fox is also the author of three books, including the memoir, Always Looking Up: The Adventures ...more

On 15 May 2015 - 5:05pm

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We search. We search for the “Big H,” happiness, all the time.  We try to find our right calling.  Our right partner in life. The right home, city, school.  And yet…

Happiness is about sharing.  It’s about experiences, time, thoughts and caring for others — which are all spiritual.   And I can’t imagine many people expressing their happiest times not in the presence of someone else.   It’s being with others, and being with them in a meaningful way.  We also know that it is not necessarily even doing something; it could just be sharing one another’s presence, with each other…

So I love, then, Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s wisdom on the recipe for happiness:


On 14 May 2015 - 5:05pm


When you build a home, you have to have a vision. A vision of what you would like to create.  If you have a negative vision of your home then it certainly is not going to become a beautiful home!   So we need to maintain that vision, even when the going gets rough. Even if you run out of brick. Even if the paint color didn’t match the way you wanted it to. Even if you have to fumigate!  Hold the vision, and keep striving for it.

So what has helped me during tough times is not just to focus on the positive, but on gratitude. Even in tough times there is something to be grateful for.  If you are having a hard time in sales and partnerships, perhaps you can be grateful you uplifted that ...more