What Self-Reliant People Do When “I’m sorry, we tried everything” Just Won’t Cut It

What can kids and grown-ups learn from a 5-year-old boy with Down syndrome, an unsympathetic insurance company, and a leadership team willing to take matters into their own hands? A lot, it turns out, about self-empowered, and self-reliant behavior — something most parents want to see in their kids (and most executives want to see more [read more]

Showing Up — The First Strategy of Successful People

Woody Allen once said, “80% of success is showing up.” Here’s what that looks like in real life. In this case, the life of a 16-year-old high school student in New York. In most cases when you try to be self-reliant, people around you will encourage you. But it’s not always that way. Sometimes being [read more]

How Lotus Blossom learned to walk. . . at the age of sixteen.

If you learn the discipline of self-reliance as a youth, there’s almost nothing you can’t do as an adult. A beautiful example of that is the story of Don Schoendorfer and his personal mission. The inspiration Don and his wife, Laurie, took what would turn out to be the most fateful vacation of their lives, [read more]