There’s a word that most people don’t like hearing, when they really should embrace it immediately.

What’s that word?


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Do you make the mistake of meeting a person and immediately make an assumption about them? Do you judge them based on one piece of information, even if you don’t know if what you heard or saw is indicative of the kind of person they are the majority of the time?

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There is no secret to becoming the best at what you do in any arena of life.

I’m going to tell you how you can get to the top. It doesn’t matter where you are or where you’ve been. But, success starts with what you do today.

To be in the top one percent of what you do it boils down to two simple things: talent and effort.

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When was the last time you did something for the first time? It’s no secret that I love country music, and one of my favorite artists is Darius Rucker, the former front man of a little band called Hootie and the Blowfish. Rucker stands out in the Nashville music scene because he’s African-American and he […]

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This college football season, The Alliance has the privilege of being the official corporate sponsor of the coin toss prior to home games at NC State in Raleigh, N.C. On Thursday night, a group of The Alliance will be at Carter-Finley Stadium as the Wolfpack host Louisville and the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson […]

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How many times have you seen the Nike slogan, “Just Do It?” Three simple words. Yet, so many people don’t get it or DO it.

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I am pleased to announce the release of my new book “Inside The Circle: How To Make Simple, Intentional Decisions To Change Your Life & Income For The Better.” This is my third book and it vastly different than “The 8 Steps To Success” and “Millionaire Maker Manual.” This book is for YOU, the reader, […]

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Each July since 1993, ESPN has held its ESPY awards, which is similar to Grammys in music and Emmys in television. The inaugural telecast was on March 3, 1993 and is remembered for a speech given by Jimmy Valvano, who coached my NC State Wolfpack to a national basketball title in 1983. On that night, […]

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How many times have you heard a person offer every excuse in the world for not changing something they are doing, not dropping a habit they need to quit or even refusing to be open to talking about changing things up? Leaders know they have to change. Great leaders help others learn how to change. […]

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Check this out – A fellow NC State alumni is showing some true entrepreneurial and community service spirit by using bees!  That’s right, Leigh-Cathryn Bonner runs Bee Downtown, a company that installs and maintains bee hives for businesses and cities, which both helps to rebuild our American bee population and also creates a green marketing […]

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