Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Comparison Trap: Owning One's Bravery

When doing something for the first time it's easy to fall into the trap of comparison. Nerves can overtake and swallow one's confidence. Then self doubt creeps in. But this is the very moment when you need to be brave, to be bold.

Be Bold Card a top Day Designer


After recounting a story I often hear, "Wow that was so brave." Or, "I could never do that." But here's the secret, any time you're tempted to doubt whether you could do something yourself, ask the storyteller for the backstory. Not all will share, but it never hurts to ask.

Do you share your backstory?

Today before the first full day of sessions at Alt Summit Winter 2015 kicks off, I'm sharing my backstory for any who needs a pep talk on being bold and taking that first step whatever it may be.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

From the CEO's Desk: Setting Priorities

The more I talk to successful entrepreneurs the more I realize they have one thing in common: extreme focus. They don't just work hard, they work smart. (They actually work hard AND smart, but that's another post.)

Using a Day Designer to Stay Focused


As I talked with them, extreme focus seemed obvious. One of those insights where you go D'ouh why didn't I think of that sooner? Of course! Focused, concentrated efforts push entrepreneurs towards realizing their goals faster than diverse, broad efforts.

But how does one achieve this focus?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Year of the Appellation: 2011 Zinfandels from Lodi, California

I've always paired wine with food. Like my obsession with finding the right wines to age, I was similarly obsessed with finding the right wine to go with my culinary creations. I never followed white wines with fish and red wines with red meat. I dissected the flavors of a dish and the aromas of a wine and looked for synergies. Similar to my taste in music, I looked for harmony over discord. So I'm especially excited about my 2015 The Year of the Appellation project.

2011 Lodi Zinfandel Tasting: Scotto Family Cellars and 7 Deadly Zins


In 2015, my goal is to know California wines as well as I know Texas wines (actually planted vines and harvested grapes). Because the Zinfandel Experience is at the end of January, I decided to start exploring California appellations that produce Zinfandel. (Once we complete our exploration of Zinfandel we'll be moving on to Pinot Noir.)

Thursday, January 08, 2015

From the CEO’s Desk: A Personal Definition of Success

I wish I believed in revisionist history. Because if I did, I’d say that two years ago I walked away from Corporate America and never looked back. I’d say everything went as it does in fairy tales. I’d say I clicked my heels together and lived happily ever after (I know I’m combining stories here).

But… I don’t believe in revisionist history. And when spinning a yarn I teeter on the verge of oversharing or TMI (too much information). So, here goes: my tale of life after corporate America.

Planning 2015 with my Day Designer


Did you make a break with corporate America in 2014?

Thursday, January 01, 2015

New Year, New Goals

New years often mean restarts, new goals, and new directions. 2015 for me, while a new year, will be a continuation of a 2014. Rather than restart, like I do most years, this year I choose to continue to build.

Ringing in the New Year with Stefany Prosecco


How did you do with your 2014 goals?
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