Living #aSensationalLife

You Must Dare To Dream Big---For Big Dreams To Come True

You Must Dare To Dream Big---For Big Dreams To Come True
One look at any of my childhood report cards, and it’s obvious that I’ve always been a dreamer. Every quarter, my teachers would check a box, provide a grade, and then add remarks like, “Tons of aptitude, but he must stop daydreaming.” There was also, “Needs to get his head out of the clouds and into his books” and at a parent-teacher conference, my eighth grade teacher went so far as to say… Read More

Three Possible Reasons Why NETworking Is NOTworking For You

Three Possible Reasons Why NETworking Is NOTworking For You
Several times a month I have the opportunity to be a guest speaker at various networking events. Often, the organizer keeps my selection a secret from the group. So, I’ll usually dress down, slip in, and just act like a new member. After being introduced, (usually to everyone’s surprise) Read More

A Tale of One Customer, Two Sales People, and Three Ruined Opportunities

A Tale of One Customer, Two Sales People, and Three Ruined Opportunities
A couple of days ago, my wife came in to the kitchen and said, “You won’t believe it, but there is someone at the door that wants to give us an estimate on our repairs.” You see, since settling back into our North Atlanta home months ago, I’ve known that we needed to replace a few exterior doors and shutters…but hadn’t addressed it yet. Read More

What's Your Definition Of A Sensational Life?

What's Your Definition Of A Sensational Life?
As a child, I remember “grown ups” talking about their hopes and dreams. They longed for “the good life, ” which to many of them meant job security, a big house, nice cars, incredible vacations, and lots of money. My definition was slightly different…I wanted an endless summer vacation, to have lots of friends to play with, and to get a new toy every time we stepped foot in a store. Read More

The Most Endearing MARK Of A Champion

The Most Endearing MARK Of A Champion
If we sat down and identified the traits and characteristics of champions, the list would be long. Now, I can't begin to guess what you'd have as the most endearing "MARK" of a champion, but mine would be HUMILITY. I’m guessing it stems from my little league baseball coach, who always said… Read More

A Legend Who Initially Dropped Anchor At CNN---Now Leads HER Own Ship

A Legend Who Initially Dropped Anchor At CNN---Now Leads HER Own Ship
When people ask about my twenty-eight year marriage, I usually say, “Kim is the anchor and I’m the sail. We’ve had an incredible life, because together we figured out when to stay put and when to go exploring.” It's been a amazing, because I know... Read More

How One Man Helps Keep Life In “CHECK” For Those In Need

How One Man Helps Keep Life In “CHECK” For Those In Need
The first time I heard, “play chess not checkers” I was attending All-Army soccer tryouts. The coach, Angus McAlpine must have shouted that line a million times in his heavy Scottish accent…well maybe not a million, but since most of them were directed at me, it sure seemed like that many. Read More

To Achieve Greatness…Be The MOST Committed

To Achieve Greatness…Be The MOST Committed
When was the last time you were truly committed to something? Not simply by declaration, but by action. I mean, NO PLAN “B”, TOTALLY SOLD OUT, NO GOING BACK, WILLING TO PERISH committed. Can you remember a time? Read More

Want To Know How To Consistently Achieve The Impossible?

Want To Know How To Consistently Achieve The Impossible?
What if I told you that accomplishing goals, or overcoming challenges is as easy as following three steps---would you believe me? Read More

Becoming A Great Leader Is NO LAUGHING MATTER---Or Maybe It Is?

Becoming A Great Leader Is NO LAUGHING MATTER---Or Maybe It Is?
A two year study by the Bell Leadership Institute in Chapel Hill, NC, found that the phrase, “sense of humor” is mentioned twice as much as other phrases when describing a GREAT LEADER. Dr. Gerald D. Bell, the founder and CEO of Bell Leadership Institute says… Read More

Want To Know A Skill Most Great Leaders Have---But That Few People Talk About?

Want To Know A Skill Most Great Leaders Have---But That Few People Talk About?
It’s fascinating to me that with all of the articles, books, talks, training, podcasts, events, and courses on the subject of Leadership, the importance of a “Battle Cry” is rarely addressed. Yet, if you study history, most of the Great Leaders of armies, countries, religions, athletic teams, and corporations have utilized one to rally their followers. Read More

For Those Who Think Working In The “Fast Food Industry” Is A Dead End Job

For Those Who Think Working In The “Fast Food Industry” Is A Dead End Job
Not long ago, my wife and I were at the food court in the mall, when we saw a teenager from our neighborhood working behind the counter. He quickly noticed us, came out, and with a downturned mouth immediately said… Read More

BUT---What Will Happen If You “DON’T Win The Lottery?”

BUT---What Will Happen If You “DON’T Win The Lottery?”
It’s always an interesting time when the Powerball Lottery jackpot swells to a figure that’s larger than the GDP of a small nation. To me, the magical feeling in the air is like that of the holiday season. People are excited, hopeful, and willing to openly reveal their hopes and dreams to complete strangers. My guess is, even if you aren’t a player in that game, you’ve heard someone ask something like… Read More

Totally Committed To Charity, Happiness, & Family…Robert Boudwin Always Comes Through In The “CLUTCH!”

Totally Committed To Charity, Happiness, & Family…Robert Boudwin Always Comes Through In The “CLUTCH!”
Last year, my wife and I were “people watching” while waiting to board a boat in Hawaii. Within minutes, we locked eyes on a couple that approached, probably because the man’s hair was dyed half green and red. As they got closer, we could see they were both sporting tattoos and were acting childlike, which for some reason didn’t seem to sit well with the dozens of retirement age people in line. Read More

Someone To Look Up To---And Not Just Because He’s Tall

Someone To Look Up To---And Not Just Because He’s Tall
It’s often been said, “Consider yourself lucky, if over your lifetime you have a handful of close friends.” Now, let’s be clear, I’m not referring to the thousands of “connections” on social media people may have, but rather someone who’s smelled your stinky feet, wiped away tears, or shared laughs so hard they made your stomach cramp. To use my friends definition… Read More

The First Business/Life Lesson I Remember Learning From My Grandfather

The First Business/Life Lesson I Remember Learning From My Grandfather
As a child, I had a “drink out of the hose, be home when the streetlights come on” kind of childhood, and some of my best memories happened as a result of time spent at my grand parents home. They had a huge influence on my life. In fact, some of my business success can be traced back to lessons learned while in their care. The first one I remember turned out to be extremely valuable. We now refer to it simply as... Read More

An Entrepreneur Who Found The Spice Of Life ~ Then Made It Profitable

An Entrepreneur Who Found The Spice Of Life ~ Then Made It Profitable
Correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s probably a good bet that most people don’t expect to be approached by a young MALE entrepreneur at a WOMEN’S business conference. But, that’s exactly what happened to me a number of years ago and as a result, today I’m able to introduce you to my friend, Keith Lorren. Read More

If Your Situation Stinks, Perhaps You Should Adjust Your Syntax

If Your Situation Stinks, Perhaps You Should Adjust Your Syntax
Have you ever had the following happen? You’re life is moving along perfectly, and then SPLASH, you end up neck deep in a nasty mess? If that sounds familiar, it’s possible the issue wasn’t WHAT you did, but instead it could’ve been the ORDER in which you were doing it. Maybe you attempted to cross the river before building the bridge? Read More

The Nicole Woods Story---A Life Lesson With A Knock Out Punch

The Nicole Woods Story---A Life Lesson With A Knock Out Punch
I have a challenge for you. The next time you’re at any kind of event, conference, or meeting full of strangers, spend a few moments looking at everyone, and then ask yourself, Read More

I Wanted To Change My Life, So I Began Doing These Four Things

I Wanted To Change My Life, So I Began Doing These Four Things
Thirty years ago, anyone passing by the intersection of “A Better Life” and “What To Do,” might have seen me at one point holding a sign that read, “I Need Help.” Fortunately, there is truth to the proverb,
“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Read More
Duane Cummings