How Getting Out Of My Own Way Created Success

For too many years, I stood in the shadows hoping and wishing I could make more out of my life. But I always hesitated, always came up short, always had an excuse or a justifiable ‘reason’ for not meeting my goals and my heart head on. I was getting in my own way at every corner. A couple years ago I stopped with the excuses and self-deprecating attitude. I finally realized that I have a unique and almost unheard-of set of skills and a niche was awaiting me. I only had to start putting the pieces in place to make things happen. I’m going to start at the end, so please keep that in mind and don’t compare the middle of your story to the end of mine. I’m a full-time union firefighter holdin

Is It Me?

Is it me? I have gotten so much better at asking myself this when conflict arises in my life. And thank God because I’ve learned that my ability to grow and be the person I want to be relies on my willingness to honestly analyze my own behaviors and tendencies. I wasn’t very good at it when I was younger. Too often, especially in my early 20s, I was just impatience with a side of an Italian temper, and when something happened, even if I was in the right, I wouldn’t pause and reflect before responding. I would just react, and typically I would overreact, which would not allow for me to express myself in a way that people could hear or respect. Recently, in two professional conflicts I’ve been


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