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Wild Horses, Racing & Taming Your Reaction

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Lucy playing in Kitty Hawk, NC

I know….it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me. It’s been a crazy time helping new clients breakthrough their career obstacles, creating new programs to launch, and getting started on my first book (stay tuned for its début later this Fall). But I did manage to get some R&R time last month with family out in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Here’s my CMO (Chief Motivating Officer) Lucy taking me on our morning beach walk……

One of the highlights of the trip was taking my Jeep out on the beach dunes to see the wild Spanish mustangs that roam freely on the beach in Corolla. Beautiful creatures simply walking along the surf or among the dunes within their territory.  However, these weren’t the only horses on my mind this May.

This year we were all drawn in with the racing success of California Chrome – “the People’s Horse” – a chestnut-colored American Thoroughbred from a one-horse stable with unlikely down-to-earth characters as owners. We cheered his wins at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes believing that we just might witness a historical Triple Crown winner this year after a 35-year drought. But alas, we were disappointed once again....

Grab your cape….

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Last month while driving to Louisville for a speaking engagement, I flipped through the channels on my satellite radio and landed on “The Coffee Shop”.  For the first time, I heard the song “The Cape” by Eric Bibb.  It’s a catchy folk song with interesting lyrics about courage, tenacity, and risk.

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“Eight years old with a flour sack cape
Tied all around his neck
He climbed up on the garage
Figurin’ what the heck…

He’s one of those who knows that life
Is just a leap of faith
Spread your arms and hold your breath
And always trust your cape.”

The song continues with verses about the boy growing up and getting older, all the while determined that he could fly with his cape.   As children, we all had dreams.  You dreamed about what you wanted to be when you grew up…where you wanted to live…what you wanted to achieve.  Yet, as you grew up, those idyllic dreams seemed to drift farther and farther away.  You find yourself heading down a path, listening to the advice of others, and end up in a place perhaps you didn’t plan on.  Frustrated and discouraged, you don’t know what step to take next to change your course....

Diana Nyad

“Never, ever give up” – FAST WOMAN Diana Nyad.  On September 2, 2013, Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida, a distance of 110 miles, without a shark cage.  At 64 years old, she embodies the passion, dedication, perseverance, and focus of a FAST WOMAN.  This effort was her fifth attempt since 1978 and her fourth attempt since turning 60.  Giving up was not an option.

Marathon swimming is Nyad’s passion and strength.  At 8 years old, she dreamed about swimming across the Straits of Florida.  After winning three Florida state high school championships in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke, Nyad set her sights on the 1968 Summer Olympic Games.  Unfortunately, she developed viral endocarditis, a severe viral infection of the heart, and her Olympic dream disappeared.

At Emory University in 1967, struggling to find herself after her health setback, she jumped out of a fourth floor dormitory window wearing a parachute.  This cry for attention led to her expulsion from the university.  She later enrolled at Lake Forest College and resumed swimming, but this time it was different.  She gave up the all out sprints for open water marathon swims which didn’t pose the same dangers to her heart. ...

Suze Orman

Everyone knows this FAST WOMAN’s motto:  “People First, Then Money, Then Things.”  Suze Orman started out as a waitress earning $400 a month at the age of 30 to become America’s most recognized expert on personal finance.  USA Today calls Orman “a one-woman financial powerhouse.”  As an Emmy award winning television host, New York Times bestselling author, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer, and motivational speaker, Orman defines a FAST WOMAN.

After college, Orman headed west to California.  While working as a waitress, she collected over $50,000 from friends and diners planning to open her own restaurant.  Unfortunately, a stockbroker lost her investment in a series of bad investment decisions.  The experience prompted Orman’s interest in finance, and led her to Merrill Lynch’s stockbroker training program.  With experience at Merrill Lynch and Prudential under her belt, she struck out on her own and founded the Suze Orman Financial Group in 1987.

To stay on top of the financial game, one has to always be learning – new tax codes, investment opportunities, understanding market fluctuations and the impact of the global economy.  Orman stays current through continual learning and gives back by simplifying complex concepts and teaching others.  Her passion to serve others shines through and forms the foundation of her personal brand. ...

Oprah Winfrey

It would be hard to imagine a FAST WOMAN and not think of Oprah Winfrey.  After a difficult and tumultuous childhood, Winfrey took Chicago by storm in January 1984 as the host of a low rated, half-hour morning talk show AM Chicago.  I recall my own mother watching this young black woman on morning television with equal amounts of intrigue and bewilderment.  After all, Phil Donahue was the national King of talk shows in an industry dominated by white males.

Within months after Winfrey took over, AM Chicago went from the ratings basement to overtake Donahue as Chicago’s top rated talk show.  By September 1986, the show was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show, expanded to a full hour, and broadcast nationally.  Her syndicated show toppled Donahue’s national audience and his hold on the number-one daytime talk show in America.

This FAST WOMAN is credited with creating a more intimate, emotional and conversational form of media communication.  TV Commentator Howard Rosenberg said, “She’s a roundhouse, a full course meal, big, brassy, loud, aggressive, hyper, laughable, loveable, soulful, tender, low-down, earthy and hungry.”  I don’t think I could define the essence of a FAST WOMAN better myself.

Her fearlessness and passion is evident in the topics she discussed and lives she touched. ...