Empowering gifts

Answer to Washington Posts question: Q: Do financially successful people have an obligation to help those in need? Are Bill and Melinda Gates, who have given away hundreds of millions of dollars through their foundation, encouraging others to step up to the plate? How much should people who have made millions be expected to give? Sometimes our biggest lessons come Read More >

Speak Your Truth

Speak your truth – then modify your expression over time. Too many people worry about what/how they say something and often never say anything because they are afraid of how they may come across. We’ve all heard it – “There is no such thing as bad publicity.” What’s tactless to one person might be brilliant to another. Worrying about what Read More >

“Luck or Skill”

A question posed by the Washington Post: Q: How much does achieving success rely on luck vs. skill? This week a Western Maryland lumberjack named Darvin Moon won $5 million in the World Series of Poker. He insists he is no more skilled at cards than any recreational player. What do you think? Is winning the lottery all about “luck?” Read More >

The Next Million-Dollar Idea May Be Yours

Too often people of all generations wait around for someone to notice them, help them articulate their gifts, tell everyone how amazing they are and provide opportunities for them to shine. Well, they might just end up waiting around forever. And that’s a shame, because they could be coming up with innovative ideas to bring their companies through these challenging Read More >


By Misti Burmeister© November 9, 2009 It‘s Fall, and as I watch the trees in D.C. evolve from deep green, to a beautiful shade of yellow, to a vibrant red (some moving more quickly through this process than others) leaving a sea of reds, yellows, greens and deep pink, I can’t help but think of the change that’s occurring inside Read More >