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Open Mind, Open Heart — Lessons for the new Administration of Donald J. Trump

by Bernie Swain
I interviewed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin for my book "What Made Me Who I Am". The turning points in her life are all about keeping an open mind and being willing to be proven wrong. It is a good and important lesson for the new administration of Donald J. Trump. Doris left home after high school to go to Colby College in Maine, and then on to graduate school at Harvard, where she studied government and history. She was interested … Continue reading "Open Mind, Open Heart — Lessons for the new Administration of Donald J. Trump"

We Often See Our Own Turning Points In The Lives Of Others.

by Bernie Swain
An article from OWN’s Lisa Capretto recently caught my eye. In it she says, “In 25 years of hosting “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Oprah experienced more than a few “aha moments.” But there was one particular life lesson, she says, that’s always stood out from the rest.“It was one man’s definition of forgiveness that changed my life,” Oprah says.” That man was Dr. Gerald G. Jampolsky, and he appeared on an episode of “The Oprah Show” that aired on January … Continue reading "We Often See Our Own Turning Points In The Lives Of Others."


12 Books on Leadership to Read in 2017

by Bernie Swain
Vision, goals and the ability to communicate are what leaders and business books most often attribute to their success and achievement. But there is one thing central  to great leadership that is all too often overlooked. Great leaders must fundamentally understand their strengths and weaknesses. In other words, leaders who want to be effective and successful must first understand who they are. They must stop and ask themselves,  “What do I do well?” ”What will I need help with?” “What … Continue reading "12 Books on Leadership to Read in 2017"

How to Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur

by Bernie Swain
After 15 years of working for other people, I quit my job—I finally realized I needed to do something on my own. I was frustrated and demoralized, my ideas were being marginalized and I wasn’t waking up in the morning looking forward to a new day. With my wife, Paula, and our business partner at my side, I started a lecture agency, with no experience or real plan. Before too long, other people were working for me. I wanted them … Continue reading "How to Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur"

Family Ties: What Better Place to Start Learning

by Bernie Swain
Every day, we are shaped by one thing or another—these are the influences and defining moments, the turning points in our life. One of the biggest influences is frequently the first—our family and, in particular, our parents.  If we are lucky enough, our parents—and our grandparents—will care for us and guide us. They will give us the foundation—initially formed by those who came before them—that will largely make us who we are. “Whenever I need strength and inspiration, all I … Continue reading "Family Ties: What Better Place to Start Learning"