How To Spot A Counterfeit Leader

The 3 signs you must look out for

Counterfeit goods are a flashy illusion of the real thing. They are cheap and affordable but hold no future. All they promise is a shadow of the reality. They hold no vision.

How To Spot A Counterfeit Leader

Where your treasure is, there your heart is also!

If you are like me, you may have found yourself in a dilemma. I am in a store running down my shopping list. Everything is going well until I turn into this isle. “Save 50%!” the banner screams at me.

It is on a DIY tool that I have always wanted to own. I pick the box, go through the specifications and they seem just right. Into my shopping trolley it goes. Not only have I saved 50% of its original cost, this model costs 25% of its high-end version. I am in business! Or so I think…

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3 Reasons Why Leaders Never Stand Alone

Leadership lessons from a farmer

There was a farmer who grew excellent quality corn. Every year he won the award for the best grown corn. He was a leader in his own right.

3 Reasons Why Leaders Can’t Stand Aloneh?

One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. What the reporter discovered was that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

“How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.

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Design Mind-shift

Take Charge of Your Designs Using Canva

Canva is an online tool I use to make designs for my blog posts, social media, etc. It saves me tons of design time.

During Jeff GoinsBlog Like a Pro 7-Day Challenge, a number of people showed interest in getting more out of Canva.

If you are looking to get better results for your design projects, then this is a handy tutorial. It is a simple ste-by-step and you don’t even have to be a designer to use it.

And here are some additional resources for you stock image needs:

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Unsettled – My Manifesto

Get busy living or get busy dying

Frustrated and unmotivated, I knew there was something greater my life had to offer.

Unsettled - My Manifesto

But I felt stuck, like trying to walk in a sea of thick mud. My life was like a square peg being hammered into round hole. I wanted to thrive but this animal-in-a-cage mentality held in a vice-grip. I ran fast, but to nowhere.

These three thoughts plagued my mind in the dead of the night. Waking up in a cold sweat, they resounded above the chirping crickets and barking dogs:

  • I need a break!
  • I desire joy.
  • I can’t merely exist.

Shackled between my ears

I had heard this many times, “When life gives you a lemon, make lemonade!” Well, I got fed up with the lemonade business. I felt an urgency to see a break in the ominous grey clouds that hang over my head.

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The Art Of Significance

4 areas to win at life and thrive at work

“We have always done it that way!” Does this statement sound familiar? These are the most expensive words you will face in pursuit of significance.

The Art Of Significance

They are an opportunity cost to anything you try to achieve. These seven words are intimately entwined with others like frustration, failure, mediocrity, and survival. In a nutshell, this is an environment that is devoid of hope.

Finding significance, however, seeks better engagement, new horizons and a learner’s mindset.

“Live full, die empty.” Les Brown

To be significant is to serve your life forward. Here are critical areas to help you win at life and thrive at work.

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“I Face My Guilt!” – Economic Hit Man

Owning up takes more than courage

I am privileged to bring guest post by John Perkins. He was Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm where he advised the World Bank, United Nations, the IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and governments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Since then, his books have sold more than 1 million copies and been printed in over 30 languages. His new book, The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, is on Amazon.

It has been nearly twelve years since the release of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

People have wondered how the publication of that book has affected me and what I am doing to redeem myself and change the EHM system. They have also questioned what they can do to help turn the system around. The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is my answer.

After the release of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, I still wrestled with my guilt, with all the things I had done that had helped promote the corporatocracy and their march toward world domination.

I knew of U.S. led conspiracies – in Venezuela, in Iraq, and all throughout the Middle East and Africa. When I was forced to consider my mortality and reflect upon my life, I began to accept what I had done and why I had done it. I hope you enjoy this short glimpse into chapter 34 of the book and the events that became my confessions.

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Why I Love Risk (And You Should Too!)

Are you willing to jump?

When Steve Harvey starts to speak, laughter is around the corner. However, this versatile TV host has spent a few weeks as a laughing-stock.

Why I Love Risk (And You Should Too!)

His sin? Steve had announced the wrong winner of the 2015 Miss Universe. But that is not the gist of today’s post. This event reminded me of Steve’s video from 2014: “You gotta jump to be successful”.

As Steve says, your gift is like a parachute. But parachutes don’t work unless you jump. How far you soar depends on your willingness to risk that first jump.

His message provided for deep reflection for me. I thought and agonized about the year ahead. “What do I need to do different?” I asked myself. It isn’t just about setting goals. I need to make sure I get them done too. Otherwise, I’m toast!

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Groupthink & Its 7 Dwarfs

Does ganging up break you more than build you?

Groupthink comes at a cost. What’s right is sacrificed at the altar of conformity. Groupthink is a limits growth, innovation or alternative opportunities.

Groupthink & Its 7 Dwarfs

According to, groupthink is the tendency of the members of a group to yield to the desire for consensus or unanimity at the cost of considering alternative courses of action. Groupthink is said to be the reason why intelligent and knowledgeable people make disastrous decisions.

Some twenty men found themselves in a fix. There was political unrest in their country. People were tired of a one-party rule and were yearning for democracy. As is the case during such transitions, street demonstrations easily shifted into confrontations with the riot police.

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Lessons Of The Year

Why 2015 was my watershed year

To know goodness needs just a taste. Greatness, on the other hand, requires a mastery and a willing soul.

Year That Was

Consider the katana, a Samurai’s sword. It is a confluence of strength, finesse, and deadly artistry. In the right hands, the katana will cut through bone as easily as a razor blade on paper. But what keeps this millennium-old weapon so treasured?

The answer lies in the purest of steel in the hands of highly skilled smelters, smiths, sword blade polishers, and carpenters. To create one katana takes 15 men nearly six months. It is a tedious, patient and meticulous process.

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