The Curse Of Being Talented

“Aspiring leaders work hard to live up to others’ expectations, and so the qualities that made them special to begin with — those that helped them excel and feel engaged — tend to get buried. They behave more like everyone else, which saps their energy and ambition.”

Continue reading →

How I Stopped Checking My Phone And Started Using It With Intention

I knew I was doing it too much.

It was easy to justify checking my phone constantly — especially since I write a weekly newsletter that features a collection of valuable ideas found through hours of searching the web and browsing my social feeds.

But a couple weeks ago, I recognized I had fallen into a dangerous loop and that my phone use —especially the time spent checking email and social media feeds — was out of hand.

So I did something about it.

Continue reading →

7 Ways To Better Connect With Your Audience

We can learn a lot from the Piano Man.

I went to my first Billy Joel concert last weekend and in addition to a great show, it was a master class on how to connect with an audience.

No matter whether your audience connects with you in a stadium or in their Facebook feed, there’s a lot to be learned from what Billy Joel did on a warm Los Angeles night.

Here’s what I noticed watching Billy that can help you connect to your own tribe.

Continue reading →