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Endangered Species

Endangered Species

Last September I took my father on fishing trip to Alaska to celebrate my 50th birthday. It was a week that I’ll never forget. From Anchorage, we flew into a fishing village called King Salmon and then took a 30-minute float plane to our remote fishing camp. I’d never...

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Bone Chilling

Bone Chilling

Over the holiday break I met with a young professional that attended our Global Youth Leadership Academy years ago. Very bright young lady. She was telling me all about this amazing Silicon Valley company she started working for after she graduated college. She was so...

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Lost Art

Lost Art

Celebrating birthdays growing up in Suffern, New York, were always bittersweet. Bitter because of my mother. And sweet because of my mother. Let me explain. I know many people claim that their mamas are the best cooks in the world, but my mother, who is 100% Italian,...

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Life’s Math

Life’s Math

I hated math growing up. And hated just about every math teacher I’ve ever had. Maybe because I’m dyslexic and it’s not fun looking at a bunch of numbers that are dancing around. Maybe it’s because I failed or barely passed just about every math class I had ever...

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What Comes Around

What Comes Around

I remember when I was 14 years old and I begged my father to take me skiing at Mt. Peter, a small ski mountain upstate New York in Warwick. I first started to ski when I was 13 and became obsessed with the slopes. I wanted to ski every chance I could get. Fast forward...

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Ruthless

Ruthless

If I received a dollar for every time someone asked me, “What is your greatest advice?”, I’d be a wealthy man. Parents want to share the answer to this question with their children, husbands with their wives and vice versa, friends with their neighbors, and leaders...

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Blessed AND Grateful

Blessed AND Grateful

Pictured: Meet the father (figuratively and literally) and grandfather of Heart-Led Leadership – my dad Tom Spaulding, Sr. This week friends, my message is simple: Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! May you be as blessed and grateful as I am for all the many...

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Got Your Back

Got Your Back

On Friday, I called Cathy DeGraff on her business line this past Friday at 5 p.m. for the very last time. Cathy DeGraff, has been my business manager, executive director of our National Leadership Academy and Global Youth Leadership Academy, and chief operating...

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Give Until it Hurts

Give Until it Hurts

I heard years ago that when we give to others we should “give until it hurts.” It took me half a lifetime to fully understand those words – give until it hurts. I’ve learned there is a difference between giving and giving until it hurts. A big difference. One makes...

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Influence Compass

Influence Compass

My ghost writer Matthew Sharpe and I were locked in a conference room at the Grand Hyatt New York City a couple weeks ago spending hours and hours talking about the topic of my next book — Influence.   “What’s the definition of influence?”, Matthew kept asking me.   ...

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