Nine

9 Quality vs. quantity? Most will say the former is more valuable, yet I often see evidence of the opposite. There’s lots of quantity out there these days; with very questionable quality… especially with the rise and proliferation of “documenting” in the age of social media. Today, timelines are teeming with people babbling on-and-on about […]

Eight

8 It takes a certain amount of self-control to remain simple. A lot of people tend to complicate their lives by reaching for lofty internal expectations while often buckling to shallow external situations. They then attempt to medicate and soothe their resulting disappointment by at best, setting up more distractions disguised as “to-do’s,” or at worst, succumbing to any number […]

Seven

7 There is a distinct difference in purpose and intensity when one is searching for something versus simply looking for something. A person looks for things they’ve lost, whereas one searches for something they’ve yet to find.  Looking is to retrieve, and is largely external. Searching is to discover, and is largely internal. We have to look inside to really find that which […]

Six

6 Patience. Admittedly, I’m not the most patient person at times. I’m especially impatient when witnessing others making excuses and squandering their time and their opportunities to grow and improve, to make the changes necessary to get better personally and professionally. It’s my passion and my plight. I’m writing this to challenge myself, and to […]

Five

5 Do things happen for a reason, or do reasons make things happen? Read it again. It’s not word play. It’s the difference between fatalism (i.e. powerlessness) and determinism (i.e. cause & effect). In psychology, it’s referred to as locus of control (and is divided into external vs. internal LOC). Those who operate with a […]

Four

4 A scarcity mentality is fear-based ultimately, and the product of a learned, limited possibility perspective. Intellectually, this makes rational sense. This mentality says “protect what’s yours; minimize risk; play it safe.” Emotionally, this is hard as hell to reconcile rationally because this mentality also says “you’re stuck in a rut; you’re going nowhere; you’re limited.” […]

Three

3 The Need to Lead To be truly effective, contemplate and commit to having the audacity to contribute to others in selfless ways. Ways that are way outside of your personal comfort zone, despite any or all uncertainty. Challenge what I call the nobody from nowhere phenomenon by consistently producing high-levels of value for those […]

Two

2 Discipline used to be a dirty word in my vernacular. Not because I wasn’t, but because to me it often implied the imposition of someone else’s agenda, onto me, to get their shit done. I was always, and am still an advocate for getting my own shit done, first and foremost… and so should […]

One

1 Welcome to the talk shiFt™ shorts series with Tom Leu >> (twice weekly, short blog posts that cut to the chase to help you kick your business or personal brand to the next level) A new year. A big deal… or is it? Lately, I’m thinking about new changes (I’ve just recently moved to a new […]

4 P’s to Competent Communication

Please consider the following effective practices to put into place to become a more competent and persuasive communicator personally and professionally: 1. Pause – Excellent communication starts with stopping first. There are great rewards for avoiding knee-jerk reactions. They call them “knee-jerk” because a lot of times a jerk is exactly how you feel afterwards… Pausing gives you […]