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Dr. Michael Gervais

Optimism vs. Joy

What’s the difference between optimism and joy? That was a question I was asked on the fantastic podcast Finding Mastery hosted by Dr. Michael Gervais, a performance psychologist who has worked with everyone from Olympians to Fortune 100 CEOs. So… what is the difference between optimism and joy? I believe Optimism is a choice ~ and Joy is a byproduct of that choice. Basically, I …

Miss Val Reads

“Finish First” by Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton is best known as an Olympic gold medal figure skater. However his grit, drive, tenacity and faith have kept him in the game of life through severe illness as a child, three bouts of cancer, a reoccurring brain tumor and all of the other pitfalls that life offers. I met Scott last fall when we were working together on a CBS television special …

Life Skills

Learning from Google & Norway

After each horrific tragedy in the United States, inevitably a conversation swirls around the decay of our culture. Perhaps our drive to be number one, which has made us a global leader for over a century, has been at the unintentional cost of our humanity’s spirit. Look no further than the XXIII Winter Olympics Games, which just wrapped up. Norway, a country with roughly the …

Truth Transparency

How to Move Forward

The pen is mightier than the sword. ~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton Words are very powerful. They can do tremendous damage or great good. Words from Judge Rosemarie Aquilina to the survivors of Larry Nassar, repeatedly commending their bravery for speaking up, gave the victims the supported platform to speak their truth. Conversely, it’s the opaque silence from within the system that enabled Nassar to damage and …

Pack and Burn

What to Pack When the World Burns

Less than a week ago the hills around my home were on fire. On Wednesday we were told to prepare to evacuate. With ALL that is going on in our world, and most recently with the Southern California fires, I keep hearing the Hamilton song “A World turned Upside Down”—yes, I continue to be obsessed. I’ve never before experienced having a fire so close to …