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My Personal Call to Adventure

About five years ago I put my consulting work on hold to become CEO of WealthCounsel. Recently I made the tough decision to step down. We've done some fantastic work at WealthCounsel and achieved significant success, but most importantly, I am grateful for the relationships I have made with my team and our members and for how much I have learned from them.

In 2014 I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Thankfully, my symptoms remain mild – I have a slight tremor in my right arm.  Parkinson's has given me something more significant than symptoms; it has given me clarity and insight.

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5 Proven Ways to Better Manage Stress

Stress is a fact of life and a necessary part of life too. Without the stress on the body from a vigorous workout, one loses muscles and gains weight. Without the stress of studying to learn a new subject, it is impossible to improve one’s knowledge. In any area of life that shows improvement or growth, you will find a stress factor involved with that change. The challenge then becomes to not eliminate stress but rather to utilize stress in a fashion that will produce the best results with the least amount of negative impact.

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4 Tips for Better Team Meetings

Meetings are meant to be productive. With the right structure, they can be.

That said, a Workfront survey conducted by Harris Poll revealed that 59% of office workers believe meetings hinder their work priorities. Similarly, Harvard Business School professor Nancy Koehn stated that U.S. employees collectively attend about 4 billion business meetings each year—and that half the people her team surveyed consider these formal gatherings a waste of time.

We've all been there. An hour-long meeting stretches into the late afternoon and creeps into the evening. Employees disengage after a while, sneaking glances at the clock until the facilitator wraps things up.

But it doesn't have to be this way. I've found that meetings can be productive, inspiring, and even fun. Here are four tips for making the most of important meetings.


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Improve Your Results – Overcome Resistance

Life happens. You’re running early for a meeting and decide to stop for a quick errand. You step out of the car, preoccupied with thoughts of your meeting, and shut the door – realizing seconds too late that your keys and phone are now locked inside.  The quick errand has now turned into a quick panic as you realize that you are miles from home, you have no access to a phone to call for assistance and you may miss your meeting.

Yet how often do we find ourselves derailed from reaching our goals, from finding success simply because we did not have a plan to overcome the resistance that happens every day?

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Success is a Choice

I would venture to say that if you asked most people if they would like to be successful the answer would be yes. Yet if you asked those same people if they considered themselves successful the answer would be no… or not in this area or that area. Certainly success must be defined in terms of a goal – an achievement marker from which to define the level of success one has reached.

Who defines success is also dependent upon the goal – it may be a boss, a teacher, a friend or, perhaps most often, the individual themselves.

“Who defines YOUR success?”

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ActionBrett Pinegar