TCU Legend LaDainian Tomlinson: Success Secrets in Work and Life

What are the secret ingredients to a successful personal and professional life? How do we cut through the noise and the naysayers to stay focused on our goals?

LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU Hall of Famer and the NFL’s 5th all-time leading rusher, spoke to the TCU Alumni Association in Dallas on Friday.

Here are just a few key insights from LT’s Q&A:

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How Dan Ariely Turned Tragedy Into Discovery

The Fire and The Aftermath
At 17, Dan Ariely, Duke Psychology professor and best-selling author, was badly injured in a magnesium fire at a graduation ceremony in Israel. 70% of his body was covered with burns.

As anyone can imagine, severe burn rehabilitation treatment is intensely painful. The process involves enduring a daily soaking bath, removal of bandages and the excruciating scraping away of the patient’s dead skin.

Was there any way for this young student to achieve some sort of respite and distraction from the agonizing treatments?

The daily bandage removal was torture. Why did the nurses have to so rapidly rip the bandages from his wounded body?

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Two Questions You Must Answer Today

How you answer two simple questions will lead you down two very different paths in your career.

The first path is filled with growth, clarity and fulfillment.
The second path is a thorn-filled trail of misused time and energy.

1) Is there someone (at work or school) who encourages your development? 

2) Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?

If you can’t answer yes to either question, that’s ok—for now.

You’re not alone. Millions of people can’t answer yes to both questions.

As Gallup Executive Director Brandon Busteed demonstrates in his commencement speech at Augustana College, getting these questions right is crucial to your success.

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A Good Coach Is Your Secret Weapon [3 of 3 Part Series]

We know from our previous two posts that a good coach helps you discover, grow and focus your natural talents (H/t Obi Wan). A good coach is also a powerful sounding board for helping you assess where you are and how you will achieve your goals (H/t Angelo Dundee).

Put another way, a coach brings out the best in you in different ways–partly internal and partly external.

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Who’s Your Cornerman? [2 of 3 Part Series]

Yesterday, we discussed the importance of having a coach to help you discover, grow and focus your natural talents.

Today, we’ll discuss a second reason why having a coach is invaluable to your work, relationships and overall well-being.

Instead of Obi-wan coaching Luke in the far corners of the galaxy, let’s consider another coach in another type of corner.

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2015–The Year Talent Management Strategy Changes

If best-selling talent specialist Marcus Buckingham and HR thought leader Jason Averbook prevail, talent management will look very different and vastly improved compared to 2014.

In a recent thought-provoking webinar (now posted for all here), Buckingham and Averbook urged viewers to get ahead of five key fast-moving trends to better engage their organization’s talent. Not only are these trends currently changing the talent management landscape, they are rapidly evolving as well:

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New Year’s Resolutions: “Yes, No or Absolutely Not?…”

Actually, how about “Absolutely, Yes.”

Think of it this way. If you can commit to making it through a month or two doing something to improve your life, why not? As we know, studies show fulfilling a resolution for an entire year is rarely achieved. An entire year is definitely a big commitment.

However…if you pick one or two goals and achieve those goals through, say, the end of February, you’ve lived a better life for 1/6 of your year! Sounds a bit less daunting now, right? 16.67% of your year gets you through February. Easy.

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