A Tale of Fine Pickles

A piece of guidance that I like to share with all my audiences is if you just change the way you think, you will change your world forever. Here’s an example of what I mean, and it’s from the world of pickles and gherkins. Last year, when I was on vacation, I was driving down a country road on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, when I detected the overwhelming smell of pickles. Not crab cakes, mind you, but pickles. If

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It Didn’t Go as Planned, and That’s OK

When I wrote my book Enjoy the Ride, I made the observation that “Life provides every opportunity to get it right.” We can start over. If we have failed, we can always try again. As I write these words yet again, my suspicion is that some of you might be thinking, “Oh, that’s easy for you to say, Steve, but I’ve messed up so many opportunities and lost so much time that I sometimes feel like it’s useless.” I don’t

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In Focus: Steve Gilliland’s Inspirational Presentation: ‘Making A Difference’

We often don’t know what challenges are being faced by people we meet every day. As employers, we don’t know what’s going on in the lives of the people who work for us. We do, however, have what it takes to bring a glimmer of hope to them. We have the power to motivate and provide tools to inspire.

An Attitude of Gratitude Has Become Difficult

One of the lessons I always encourage my audiences to embrace, and that I try to take within my own heart, is the concept of Gratitude. I am constantly reminding my family of how blessed we are and that it is of the utmost importance that we never take it for granted. Most of us are fortunate in various aspects of our daily lives. Yet, I frequently encounter people who do not seem to be happy with even the simplest

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How To Motivate Yourself When You’re At Your Lowest

Even the most motivated of us can have our downs. It’s natural. In fact, sometimes even thinking about turning the tide and making positive changes seems like an insurmountable task. That doesn’t mean people should give up before even trying.

Who You Are Outweighs What You Are

In my book Making a Difference, I talk about how all of us have the potential to grow, improve our lives and impact other people. Whenever I finish speaking on the subject of making a difference, I have often been asked, “What if your job isn’t glamorous, or it isn’t something that directly impacts lives like teaching, healthcare or social work?” A man I knew was a reasonably successful executive for a large cosmetics company. However, because sales of men’s

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