Are You Still Using Training Wheels?

Last weekend, here in Paris, I went with my sister, Carolyn, and her three kids, Emeraude, Henry and Ferdinand, to the Bois de Vincennes to do some bike-riding. For the last two summers, Emeraude and Henry had started learning to ride a bike when they visited their Grandpa George in Concord, MA but hadn’t succeeded in riding without training wheels. When we got to the bike rental spot, however, the man said he didn’t have any bikes with training wheels.  So for 30 minutes, with Ferdinand’s […]

[PODCAST] Mental Control Under Pressure, with Lanny Basham

Download Listen in a New Window iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave a Review Clammr It Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Lanny Bassham started off life as a loser. In elementary school, he could never win any of the races, so he decided he’d have a better chance in team sports. When trying out for Little League baseball, he was the last person picked, put out in right field and promptly got hit by the ball right between the eyes. Then he tried out […]

Are You Tolerating Too Much?

Wait, Renita, what are you talking about? Don’t you always say we have to get comfortable being uncomfortable? Well, let’s make a distinction between two kinds of uncomfortable: there’s the discomfort of going into the unknown, the unfamiliar, taking action when we don’t know how it’ll play out. And then there’s the discomfort where we put up with some very familiar aspect of our lives that serves no greater purpose — a lack of challenge at work, an unethical boss, […]

[PODCAST] Disruption, Resilience and Start-up Life in Japan, with Tim Romero

Download Listen in a New Window iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave a Review Clammr It Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android This episode takes a cross-cultural approach to the mental game of entrepreneurship. My guest is Tim Romero, an innovator, author and entrepreneur who’s lived in Japan for 20 years and has his own podcast at Disrupting Japan. He believes in the potential of its startup community, which is partly informed by his experience observing how resilient the Japanese were in […]

9 Ways You’re Already Mentally Tough

As you know, I think a lot about “mental toughness” and how we can train ourselves to have more of it. But I also think we can get so caught up noticing the times we aren’t mentally tough that we overlook or discount the instances when we are.  Mental toughness doesn’t have to be reserved for some high-stakes situation where we grit our teeth, put our head down and forge on. In my playbook, at least, it can simply be a moment where we overcome a part of […]

[PODCAST] Creating A Year of Miracles and New Distinctions for Entrepreneurs, with John P Morgan

Download Listen in a New Window iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave a Review Clammr It Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Today’s guest is John P Morgan, a deep thinker and coach of leaders and entrepreneurs, who has a vision for a more connected and loving world. Among his many talents and adventures, he’s travelled the world and lived nomadically for three years, recorded and toured as a band musician, competed as a black belt and triathlete, and performed as a […]

How I’m Breaking My Emotional Addiction

Standing at the crowded coffee bar, I waited patiently to catch the attention of the server frantically busy filling orders. A tall German woman strode up next to me and, with no hesitation, called out her order for two cappuccinos. I looked at her, incredulous, feeling the urge to slap her arm and say: “Are you serious?! Do you not see the rest of us waiting here?” The thing is, I wasn’t in New York, where a moment of indignant […]

[PODCAST] What It Takes to Be A Maverick With a Big Vision: Helping 10 Million Female Entrepreneurs Build Million-Dollar Businesses, with Jennifer Love

Download Listen in a New Window iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave a Review Clammr It Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Jennifer Love is a serial entrepreneur and advisor who has been been involved in raising $100M+ and helping her clients get high-profile exposure on shows like Shark Tank and Biz Fix with Marcus Lemonis. Her latest initiative, and what she sees as her life calling, is One More Woman, and her vision is to help 10 million female entrepreneurs build […]

Are You Working Hard Enough?

Hard work: it’s the secret to success, we’re told from an early age — by our parents, society and pretty much every person who achieves notable success.   But what exactly is “working hard” and how do we know if we’re working hard enough?    Good question. We’re not really taught any nuance around what constitutes “hard work.” And because work in today’s world isn’t linear and we don’t get immediate feedback after each task letting us know that we’re on the path to success — “you just took three steps toward getting that new client/industry recognition/championship win!” — we use proxies like time (working […]

Want to Be Better under Pressure?

“Who here thinks they do better under pressure?” When I ask this question to the Navy SEAL candidates I mentor, most of them raise their hand. And most of us would probably agree. But guess what, the idea that we can be “clutch,” though widely celebrated, is a total myth. As Drs JP Pawliw-Fry and Hendrie Weisinger explain in their book, Performing under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most, noone — no, not even Michael Jordan — performs better under pressure. Sure, you may feel like you’re doing […]