The Hope Quotient – Measure it. Raise it. You’ll Never Be the Same. (Thomas Nelson, 2014)

Why are some people more effective than other people? Why do some enjoy life while others endure life? Why do some soar while others sink? These are the questions that Ray Johnston answers in his new book The Hope Quotient.

The author makes the case that the one contributing factor that makes all of the difference is not your IQ or your EQ, but your HQ. The HQ is your Hope Quotient.

The book goes on to outline 7 factors that raise your hope quotient. These 7 factors have nothing to do with your smarts or what you inherited from your parents. These 7 factors can be developed and nurtured by anyone.

  1. Recharge your batteries
  2. Raise your expectations
  3. Refocus on the future
  4. Play to your strengths
  5. Refuse to go it alone
  6. Replace burnout with balance
  7. Play great defense

Question: How do you develop inner strength and hope?

A 30 Day Guide on How to Launch a Mastermind Group [PDF]

Total isolation. That’s how I felt at the beginning of 2013. I had left a successful career as an Executive Search Consultant to pursue my passion for blogging. I went from spending the majority of my work day connecting with people to isolation in my home office. At first, this was a welcomed break. Less […]

How to Launch a mastermind group

A Simple Method to Search Books You Already Own for Stories, Quotes or Ideas

I love books. In fact, my wife would say books are slowly taking over our home. If there is one major question that has haunted me about learning from books it’s this: How do you best apply what you’ve learned from books? I have a system I hope to share with  you someday, but for […]

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How High Will You Climb? (Thomas Nelson, 2014)

How High Will You Climb is a book by John Maxwell designed to help you change your attitude. Many of us just don’t realize how powerful our attitude can be on an everyday basis. Your attitude will directly dictate your performance.

A few questions you will get answers to include:

  • Why is our attitude all that important to our daily lives?
  • What exactly are the main ingredients to developing the right attitude in life?
  • What are the things that cause a negative attitude to develop in us?
  • What are some practical steps for turning a negative attitude into a positive?

What of my favorite parts of the book is where John talks about limiting beliefs. He shares stories of how other people’s opinions can influence our attitudes temporarily, but we are the only person who can do it permanently. Here is his exact quote: “Others can stop you temporarily, but you are the only one who can do it permanently.”

This is a great book to have on the shelf for those times in life when you feel beat up and need some encouragement.

037: 3 Simple Actions to Simplify Your Life Today! [Podcast]

Today’s tips are not about how to better organize the garage or what you should do with your husband’s baseball card collection. I want to talk about you and what’s happening on the inside. Sure it is good to simplify your environment and the areas in which you live. Sometimes living in a messy environment […]

3 Simple Actions to Simplify Your Life Today!
empty promises book review

Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You’re Believing (2012)

In the book Empty Promises, Author Pete Wilson tackles the most common empty promises people in our culture struggle with. The prevailing question is not whether or not we struggle with idols, but “what do we do with our idols?”

If there one big takeaway from the book, it is this: what we worship shapes who we are.

Pete said it best in the book:

Do you like the person you are becoming? If not, might I suggest that you take a look at what’s on the throne of your heart? Because one of the fundamental truths in human nature- and the greatest dangers of idolatry- is that what we worship shapes who we are.

Some of the other fundamental truths about idolatry that the author shares in this book include:

  • Understanding that we have an idolatrous heart to begin with (something Pete does a great job of explaining)
  • The exact things we tend to look to give us what only God can give us
  • Why only God himself is the only replacement for our idols
  • Understanding the reasons why idols need to be replaced and not just removed.

Do you want to live a fuller life? Do you want better relationships? Do you want to live in better alignment with God’s will for your life. Read this great book and come to a better understanding of the “good” things that can take the place of the “greatest” thing (your personal relationship with God).

What has a tendency to take the throne of your heart?



“Success is waking up in the morning, whoever you are, wherever you are, however old or young, and bounding out of bed because there is something out there you love to do, that you believe in, that you’re good at- something that’s bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again today.”

Whit Hobbs