Why You Should Throw Out Your 10-Year Life Plan

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Boy, do I have lots of news to share with you!



Did you have a chance to catch our friend (and episode 17 guest) Alexander McLean, founder and Director General of the Justice Defenders, when he was interviewed on 60 Minutes on Sunday 12/20 with Anderson Cooper? If you feel like you’re trying to make a difference against all odds, you MUST watch this clip; if their story doesn’t encourage you to never quit, nothing will!



He took Anderson on a tour of several of the prisons in Kenya where they’re working to bring equal access to justice to all. In case you missed it or want to share the story with someone else who needs a “wow” to start the week, here is the link.



Speaking of podcast guests and inspiration, this week I got to interview David Cohen, SEVP of Comcast. I wouldn’t want to have to type David’s resume — I think I’d run out of ink, paper or both! He has had so many amazing experiences, and shares gold nuggets of advice with every story.

One piece of advice he shares is the importance of being open to embracing every opportunity that comes your way, as he has done in his career. Not only does he practice what he preaches on this issue, but to drive the point home, he gave direct instructions about what to do if you’re someone who has mapped out a life plan for where you plan to be in 5, 10 years or longer: THROW IT OUT!



Want to know why? Tune in here.



One fun twist this week was that I got to be on the other side of the podcast desk, so to speak, as a guest on JV Crum’s Conscious Millionaire Podcast, named in Inc Magazine as one of the Top 13 Business Podcasts. The show is for entrepreneurs, coaches, marketers and business owners who want to make their First Million.

I’m honored to be included with guests such as Jack Canfield, Sharon Lechter, Hal Elrod, Michelle Patterson, Guy Kawasaki, Dorie Clark, and Jay Abraham.



JV and I discussed why leaders MUST make a good impression on video, what that means and how to do it. Click here to listen.



One more extremely timely opportunity that I want to invite you to “embrace” is that today at 1pm I am hosting my last FREE Virtual Influence webinar of the year. I’ll share with you what I have learned over the last nine months in training thousands of individuals on their presence on video and how you can get a FREE copy of my book Speaking to Influence, as well as a number of other free bonus online programs I’ve created as well.



Need a creative, meaningful, last-minute Christmas gift for a friend or loved one (or even yourself)? The Virtual Influence program can be the perfect way to tell someone, “I know you’re amazing at what you do; I want to help you make sure that everyone you meet on video is crystal clear on how awesome you are!” See for yourself — It is not too late to sign up for the webinar.



Lastly, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. (Even if it’s not a holiday you celebrate, I hope it is a day of peace, joy and blessings for you!) While this year has been challenging, there is so much to be thankful for.



I am especially thankful for all of you who have supported me, whether by purchasing my book, listening to podcast episodes, read my articles on LinkedIn, watching some of my appearances on Fox News or PHL 17, or attending one of the events like conferences and virtual lunch-and-learns where I’ve spoken.



I *LOVE* hearing from you, whether it is telling me some value you got from one of my programs, recommending potential podcast guests, commenting on my LI posts, or just keeping the conversation going by responding to these updates. Don’t stop!



If you’ve had ideas but weren’t sure if I’d be receptive, let me explicitly invite you now to share those ideas with me.


  • Know a business or non-profit leader (not a coach or solo-preneur) who would be a great podcast guest?
  • Interested in having me speak at your conference or to your company or organization?
  • Have someone who needs help with media readiness, interview prep, presentation skills, or leadership communication overall?
  • Or just want to share some feedback?
  • There are many other possibilities, but as I said, I love hearing from you, so please feel free to reach out any time.


Wishing you joy this holiday season.


Here’s to your success,


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