Give and Take

Ella…my three and half year old daughter and I were partaking in one of our family traditions this morning – dancing and singing in the kitchen.  This tradition usually leads to another family favorite, extended hugs.  While my daughter was so deeply holding me I realized I have been taking more hugs than giving.  To be completely forthright this is something I have been pondering for a... read more

Happy Birthday Expert in the Rough – Congrats on the Big 624 in Blog Years

Can you believe my blog is turning 624 in “Blog Years?” That’s 4 in human years. Every year in late May I get a little teary eyed thinking about how innocently my blog started back in 2008.  A life long study of the “Gurus,”  Expert in the Rough was born as a vehicle to share my ideas about living an outstanding life (instead of regurgitating the gurus).  It’s a funny... read more

Mr. Obvious

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a leader is to pass up on the “Obvious” in an attempt to be “Profound.”  It’s an understandable mistake because often our treasured leaders are known for their profound messages. What’s interesting is if you take a step back most leaders are sharing a simple and obvious message.  Their message is not technical but... read more


Sometimes its easy to lose track of the meaning of words through context. Recently, I was sharing a conversation with a co-worker and he mentioned the word courage and encourage in close proximity.  So often when I hear the word encourage I think of lifting someones spirits or creating positive feelings.  Rarely do I think of courage.  Interestingly, my life’s mission to to cultivate passion and... read more

The Risk

The Risk I can’t believe I sit here scared to take “The Risk” to start blogging again.  Seriously, a simple blog post…which I have written hundreds of them but I sit here in fear…Fearful that I better have something profound to share…Fearful that you will judge me for taking “A Risk” and I share another  “Failed” coaching business.  Fearful I will be asking for your attention... read more

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