Are You Still Using Training Wheels on the Bicycle of Life?

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 […]

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 […]

The Iceberg Illusion of Success: Don’t Be Fooled Because You Can’t See The Failures

During one of my piano lessons at The Juilliard School, my teacher told me I “played like a mouse” and asked me if I had considered going to law school. At my taekwon-do black belt test, I failed to pass the first time round because I didn’t break the boards (and it took another 12 months until I did). At business school, surrounded by “quant jocks” while I didn’t even know how to use Excel, I finished the first semester at […]

[PODCAST] How to Make Talent Development Your Game-Changer Advantage, with Art Turock

Download Listen in a New Window iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave a Review Clammr It Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Art Turock is an elite performance game-changer and world class pentathlete in masters track. As the inventor of the Practicing While Real Work Gets Done Process, he helps clients to ignite their hidden leadership capacity. Art has been a valued resource to 120+ Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Procter & Gamble, and Xerox, and entrepreneur associations like Young President’s Organization. In […]

Want to Bounce Back From Disappointment Quicker?

Do you know the story of the Chinese farmer? When his horse ran away, the neighbors came around to commiserate, “So sorry to hear your horse  ran away.” And the farmer said, “Maybe, too soon to tell.” The next day the horse came back, bringing seven wild horses with it, and the neighbors came around to say, “Oh, isn’t that lucky. What a great turn of events.” And the farmer said, “Maybe, too soon to tell.” The next day, his son was riding one […]

Are You Afraid To Go All Out?

In one of the more heart-wrenching stories from the Rio Olympics, US cyclist Mara Abbott was one of two leading the pack in the women’s cycling race as they climbed the steep 19% incline. Racing down the descent, the other cyclist crashed and Mara was alone in the lead — until, 200 meters from the finish line (and a gold medal), she was passed by a trio surging up from behind, and came in fourth place instead. Afterwards Mara said, “I was proud of the way […]

Three Ways To Develop Mental Toughness Right Now [Fortune Ventures]

One thing every entrepreneur quickly discovers is that building a business is an emotional roller-coaster ride. As Matt Salzberg, CEO of fast-growing meal kit startup Blue Apron, so eloquently put it: “One day you may think your business is going bankrupt, one day you might be riding high because you just landed a new client, partnership or really great story.” That ability to ride the ups and downs is one of the few things you actually control in building your […]

Get Out of the Judgment Zone

Recently, I was in Paris where I gave a talk to 150+ start-up entrepreneurs on how to “get a mental six pack. Speaking about resilience and bouncing back from setbacks, I pointed out how anytime something unwanted happens, we spend an inordinate amount of time and energy in “the judgment zone,” making it bad or wrong. And nothing creative can happen while we’re there. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s our biology: We’re wired to be on the lookout for threats […]