Passion Isn’t Enough

So what’s your passion?

Ah, another favorite question of mine.  I’ve had people ask me this many times. And every time, it makes me pause.  There’s not a quick answer, like – I’m passionate about teaching authentic leadership through impersonating Benjamin Franklin.  *I’ve actually had someone share this with me.*

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That’s What You’ve Got to Figure Out

famous proverb interpretation with sticky notes on blackboard about concentration

Today’s “Question of the Day” for my students was – what is ONE thing you want to accomplish this summer? For many of them they have one last summer before they graduate next year and start their biggie-boy-or-girl jobs.

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It’s Time to Let Go of Wilson


One of my favorite Tom Hanks movies is “Cast Away.”

It’s essentially “one-man” survival movie about tragedy, hope, and the dream to one day get rescued from this deserted island. Can you imagine the utter despair and disappointment of having an airplane or boat pass right by you without even noticing your desperate cries for help?

Hanks’ character spends 1,500 days on the island. That’s over 4 years! I wonder how many times he wanted to give up?

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Tell All the Truth, but Tell it Slant

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“Tell all the truth, but tell it slant.” – Emily Dickinson

If you’ve ever struggled as a writer, you know the challenge of writing anything original or unique. You also feel the burden of getting your message out there for the world to hear.

You are probably in between two schools of thought:

  1. You don’t have anything to offer so why bother?
  2. You are God’s perfect gift to your particular genre and the world will explode without your divinely inspired message.

Neither are true.

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Doubt Kills More Dreams Than Failure Ever Will – Suzy Kassem


I remember my first real job. This was a biggy-boy job with biggy-boy pants and a suit.

I along with one of the partners of the firm were to meet with the President and CEO of a mid-sized financial institution in Western PA.

As a junior-level IT Auditor I was excited to be on my first assignment. I had done my homework, read the company profile, and did a little reconnaissance work to understand the IT environment.

I was ready.

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