We are walking contradictions, and that’s okay

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Honoring the Military on Independence Day

Honoring the Military on Independence Day

I’ve had many remarkable experiences with military men and women during my time as a motivational speaker, but words can’t describe how I felt on January 26, 2017, when I was presented with the American Spirit Award by Maj. Gen. Garret Harencak.

The American Spirit Award is the Air Force Recruiting Service's highest form of recognition and is given to a civilian who has made a significant impact on airmen and the Air Force around the world. Many great leaders have been presented with this award, including Bob Hope, Dolly Parton and the Dallas Cowboys football team. I stand in awe of the people I’ve shared this award with. …read more

The Dan Clark School of Public Speaking

Have you ever listened to an inspiring speech and thought, “I could do that. It seems so easy.”? But here’s a secret: Every rousing speech you’ve ever heard has been rehearsed and practiced and rehearsed and practiced again. And again. And again. …read more

Become a Leader Worth Following

Become a Leader Worth Following

Maybe your idea of becoming a successful leader involves attracting a multitude of followers, people you can lead to a specific destination. But a significant leader doesn’t create followers, they create great leaders. …read more

An Invincible Warrior

An Invincible Warrior

Of all the people I’ve met and worked with over the years, my friendship with Steve Jennings has always been a cherished and valued relationship. I consider him to be a hero; a true warrior. Years ago, he was in a horrific automobile accident, and was not expected to live. But not only did he recover, he overcame a wheelchair-binding paralysis to emerge as a leading authority on personal achievement and an ambassador for peace. …read more

Are you successful or significant? The answer will change your life.

Are you successful or significant? The answer will change your life.

So, what’s the difference between success and significance? I’m glad you asked!

Success is achieving goals and finding “happiness” on a very shallow level. You leave no legacy. You make no difference in the grand scheme of things. You might be a successful writer, and sell thousands of books, but does what you write touch your readers’ hearts and souls? …read more

Become a Force For Good

Become a Force For Good

We never know when our actions will influence the world around us. Those everyday exchanges ripple out in every direction—for better or worse. By becoming a champion for good in your everyday life, you can bring about remarkable growth and positive changes.

This reminds me of a story I shared in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series about a young woman named Sally Bush. …read more

My A.R.T. Philosophy

My A.R.T. Philosophy

How often do we sit around, waiting for our life to happen? How much time do we waste because we haven’t taken control of our own destiny?

I’ve had the privilege of meeting with some of the greatest leaders of our time. Not one of them took a passive approach at their goals and dreams. Every single one of them took the reins to drive themselves to the top of their industries, and the top of their game. …read more

Happy Mother’s Day To Military Moms

Happy Mother's Day To Military Moms

A mom never stops being a mom. Whether they’re holding their sweet little newborn for the first time, walking a nervous 5-year-old to kindergarten, or crying tears of joy as her child graduates from college, mothers are always cheering us on.

Even more so are the mothers whose sons and daughters serve in the military. As their children leave to fight overseas and are stationed in far-off locations, these mothers experience an overwhelming amount of pride but also a constant dread and worry for the safety of their loved ones. …read more

It’s Showtime!

It's Showtime!

I’m so excited to tell you about a new opportunity for us to connect and build a better world. Starting on Tuesday, May 9, I’ll be hosting a 1-hour radio show on the Influencers channel at VoiceAmerica.com at 1 p.m. MST where I will talk to powerful leaders about business, music, philanthropy—and anything else we feel like discussing. …read more