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Mulling Over The Meaning Of Mindsets

We’ve officially entered into summer in the northern hemisphere. The longest day of the year is behind us. However, there are many more long, lazy day ahead of us in which to ponder our personal and business goals. In my quiet times, I’ve been doing some thinking about mindsets, which led me […]

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June, A Time To Reevaluate

A flurry of excitement is ushered in with the month of June. The school year ends, Mother Nature lures everyone outside into the sunshine, onto and into the water. For some, business slows down providing a much-needed break. We get to celebrate those who are fathers. And, we welcome with trepidation the […]

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No Resistance

If you want to go further, be it in business or any aspect of life, you simply cannot believe in resistance.  Now, I know that sounds a bit ludicrous given the fact that every time you attempt to go for that next rung on the ladder you seem to run into a […]

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You’ll Never Fail If You Never Give Up

Many of you probably take time this month to reassess your progress toward the goals you set at the beginning of the year. I know many people I’ve talked with over the years have a tendency to be hard on themselves if they aren’t where they think they should be or where […]

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Find Your Purpose And Stay Aligned With It To Make Money

My Mentor, Jack Canfield taught me one thing that consistently guides my actions and helps me make decisions. That one powerful message was to hone in on your purpose and once you can articulate it clearly, stick to that in everything you do. Jack defines his purpose as follows; “My purpose is […]

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Love Your Mother Earth

April is the month that we humans officially express our respect and love for our Mother Earth. We do what we can to keep our planet clean and healthy, in the same way we want to keep our homes clean and healthy for our families. There are so many ways individuals can […]

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Second Quarter Procrastination Check-Up

Here we are deep into the second quarter of the year. New Years’ resolutions may have faded completely from your mind. Or, maybe you have kept your goals in sight and are on track. If you’ve lost sight of your goals due to distractions or plain old procrastination, now’s a good time […]

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Now’s The Best Time To Plan For Next Tax Season

If this is your first tax season as a newly self-employed entrepreneur, you may be feeling a bit of shock or surprise at how your tax season turned out. Rarely do taxes come out the way you thought they would. While we entrepreneurs may be shrewd about other financial matters, we’re typically […]

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‘The Disease To Please’ Can Be A Real Success Killer

Typically, business owners and leaders are immune to this disease that seems to run rampant throughout our contemporary society. And that applies equally to men and women. However, there are many who desire to own their own business or take the next step in their career who are being held back by […]

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A Reflection On Rejection

I can imagine that every living human being has at least one experience with rejection, if not multiple experiences. And, anyone who has been on the receiving end of rejection knows that it hurts, whether it’s the rejection of someone you love or some opportunity you’ve been dreaming about. Everyone handles rejection […]

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What’s Luck Got To Do With Success Or Lack Of It

I just read this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” In other words, they believe that you “reap what you sow” or that as Lucius Annaeus Seneca said, “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” I’m with Emerson […]

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The Importance of Moving Forward

This month we ‘spring forward’ into daylight savings time. This started a train of thought about the importance of moving forward in our lives. I’ve heard it said that if you aren’t moving forward you’re moving backwards. I find there is truth in that statement. The world doesn’t stop just because you […]

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Don’t Depend On Having The Luck of The Irish

As we come into the month of March and head toward Saint Patrick’s Day, we tend to remember and talk about “the luck of the Irish.” Even though we’ve all probably heard the expression, I realized I’d never wondered how the expression came about. So, I ‘Googled’ it. There are a variety […]

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Are You A Beloved or Bad Boss

No one wants a bad boss. And no boss really wants to be a bad boss. How do you know if you are a good bass or a bad boss? You can tell by the caliber of employees you attract. Whether you are a small business or large, if you attract and […]

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Sharing Love

I love finding inspiring gems on the Internet that I feel comfortable sharing. Today, I’m sharing a blog I found entitled It’s the Little Things, by Linda Commito, a woman who wrote a book called, Love Is The New Currency (loveisthenewcurrency.com).  In my experience, it’s often the smallest acts of kindness that […]

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What Makes A Leader Great

I recently watched a TED Talk by leadership expert, Simon Sinek, talking about the attributes that make leaders great. Maybe you’ve seen it. If you have, I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s the fifth most watched TED talk. https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_why_good_leaders_make_you_feel_safe Would You Fire Your Children Sinek relates leadership to parenthood. He asks the audience […]

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Which Do You Choose Curiosity Or Comfort

Some people are naturally curious. Curiosity leads to spontaneity, energy, surprise and new experiences. It has been shown that a feeling of curiosity lights up a feel-good portion of the brain. Very often we feel excited about the unknown and energized by the idea of trying something new. For instance, from the […]

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How To Get Happy With The Life You Are Currently Living

My teacher, Jack Canfield has said that, “The life you are currently living is the result of the thoughts you have thought, the choices you have made, and the actions you have taken in the past.” This is a profound statement and when considered sincerely and thoroughly, you are sure to realize […]

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Hummingbird Or Jackhammer Follow Your Curiosity

We’re all familiar with the saying that “curiosity killed the cat.” Good thing we’re not cats because as humans, our curiosity is what typically leads us to our life’s passion and work. And, particularly for those of us who are not connected to a specific passion early in life, curiosity propels us […]

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Clean Out The Dark Corners Of Your Mind For The Coming New Year

The shortest day of the year, December 21st, also known as the Winter Solstice just passed. Ages ago, and still today, we inhabitants of this beautiful planet turn our attention to the light on this darkest of days. During these short, dark days as we approach the end of the year, we […]

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How To Guarantee You’ll Never Achieve Your Goals Or Your Dreams

Here we are about to embark on a New Year. Most people tend to talk about how to achieve dreams and goals. However, you don’t often hear people talk about how to kill your dreams or how to guarantee that you’ll never achieve them. Well, hold onto your hat! Here I go […]

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Lessons Remembered and Passed On For A Happy New Year

As we careen toward the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, I have already begun to ponder some of the most poignant things I’ve really begun to live. I am inspired to share three of them with you. I have been exposed to these ideas numerous times […]

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Holiday Survival Tips

For some people, the holidays are not simply a series of joyful fa-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la’s. In fact, there are those times when you get together with the family when inevitably one special family member says something that makes you see red. Intellectually you know you should be able to handle those moments differently […]

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Tis The Season To Manage Stress

The next few weeks are some of the busiest of the year. Last minute holiday preparations, parties, work schedules, kids home from school, you name it, this time of the year can be an amazing juggling act. How you get through to the other side of the New Year will be a […]

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Do, Have, Be

My mentor, Jack Canfield teaches a great way to hone in on your true passions. It is also a way of clarifying what you truly want to do with your life and is what I refer to as the 30-30-30 exercises. I love to share my mentor’s advice. “One of the easiest […]

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The Anatomy Of Limiting Beliefs

I speak quite a bit about limiting beliefs. While the term appears to be self-explanatory, I am often asked to explain what I mean. Simply put, limiting beliefs are those thoughts we hold to be true, many of which we are unconscious of holding. In fact, typically they are merely opinions, yet just […]

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It’s Never Too Late To Change Limiting Beliefs

Have you ever heard anyone or yourself, for that matter, say, “It’s too late to change”? I hear it way too often. People don’t realize that statement is one of the most common limiting beliefs. It is just a belief. It is not a truth. The fact is that it is never […]

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Thinking About What You Want Can Enhance Happiness

I recently came across an online article that reported on some research findings of materialistic people revealing that the very act of thinking about getting something that one wants actually boosts happiness. The article states, “”Thinking about acquisition provides momentary happiness boosts to materialistic people, and because they tend to think about […]

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Instead of Thinking Failure, Think Feedback

What would happen if you never believed in the idea of failure? What would your life be like if you only believed in feedback instead? So often, people fear failure. They believe it means something about who they are. They see failure as a conclusion, an end point with a negative stigma. […]

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Commit To A Life of Constant Improvement

Success is not a singular place where you arrive and then stop. Success is an ongoing process. Whether we’re discussing success in a career, a relationship, a hobby or life in general. Life, as well as success is fluid and ever changing. For those who are success minded, there is no end […]

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Victim, Victor or Centered In 100% Responsibility

Most people have come to accept that in our lives conflict is inevitable. That is not exactly true. Whether you are feeling stymied in your career or your relationships, you can move into a mindset that does not believe that conflict is inevitable. What many do not realize is that most of […]

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Don’t Let Fear Keep You Away From Your Dreams

Maybe you’ve heard the expression that fear is simply “false expectations appearing real.” Maybe you even believe it. Yet, somehow you are still not achieving the goals you set for yourself and you don’t understand why. And, you have to admit that fills you with uncomfortable feelings, maybe even a little bit […]

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How To Keep Moving Forward Through Life Changing Events

Change is rarely easy. It’s especially difficult when change is unanticipated and uninvited. Life throws challenges and tragedies at us from time to time and it takes real courage not to throw in the towel and just give up. There are some losses that truly seem impossible to endure. For the most […]

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Great Leaders Know How to Delegate

If you’ve just started your business and have dreams of growing, there’s one useful skill that you’ll want to learn and begin to practice as early as possible. That is the art of delegating. So many entrepreneurs are hands-on and think they can do everything themselves. I’ve been there myself and I […]

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Don’t Let Life Take You By Storm

How do you face life’s storms? Do you have a philosophy that helps you no matter what kind of storm erupts? I mean the little ones that flare onto the scene like a sudden cloudburst as well as those that seem to brew over time and erupt as a major disturbance. If […]

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How Do You Handle Employee Conflict

When someone starts a new business, the first thought isn’t typically one that considers how to handle conflicts that might arise. This is a skill that becomes more apparent as your organization grows and as you bring on more employees. The longer you are in business the more you will understand that […]

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Secret Habits of Successful Telecommuters and Their Managers

Telecommuting is becoming more the norm than the exception. As more and more work is being done away from the office, the habits of the employees and managers that lead to success are becoming understood. What follows are 7 habits that the most successful telecommuters adopt. Maybe they are not so secret, […]

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Make Telecommuting A Win-Win For Everyone

Telecommuting is a growing trend that’s showing no signs of slowing down or stopping any time in the near or distant future. It is taking hold around the world. So, whether you are just beginning to explore telecommuting or you employ telecommuters, you may experience more stress related to not knowing whether […]

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Mastermind Your Way to Greatness

I am a big fan of mastermind groups. I am of the opinion that every person who is serious about growing his or her business can benefit from joining or starting a mastermind group. While the author of Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill is often credited with being the originator of […]

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Do You Control Your Thoughts and Emotions or Do They Control You

Whether your dream is to rise to the top of the corporation you work for or you have more entrepreneurial aspirations, you must be in control of your thoughts and emotions in order to succeed. Just about everyone knows the importance of maintaining emotional control. However, we all experience those moments when […]

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The Power of Setting Goals: You Can Only Get There From Here

The first time you decide to set a goal, it may seem like you’ll never reach it. However, the only way to achieve any goal is to start right where you are. You can only get to where you want to go from where you are at any given moment. In fact, […]

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How To Reach Your Full Potential

It’s kind of funny if you do an Internet search for “human potential.” You’ll come across quite a bit of interesting information. One of the most interesting to me was the following, “Human beings can never reach their full potential but they can die trying.” I think it is the word “potential” that keeps pushing […]

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No Way to Overdo Kindness and Compassion In Workplace

Since February is a short month, I’m going long on love! I’m offering a few behavioral strategies that can boost motivation and morale. It could be your own that could use some boosting or it could be a business partner, employees or teammates. No matter who may partake of these strategies and […]

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Leading With Love, Respect and Appreciation

As a motivational speaker it’s my job to know what makes people tick. As a business owner and employer, it’s your job to know what motivates your employees to get out of bed each morning and go to a specific location to expend their energy on making your business successful. Any employer […]

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Success Comes To Those Who Don’t Do Certain Things

Most people concerned with achieving success are often so busy ‘doing’ that they are not aware that some of the things they do can be their undoing. Okay, I admit that’s kind of confusing. Let me clarify. There are certain things one must not do that will lead to greater success. Whatever […]

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Learn To Identify Confident People By What They Don’t Do

Confidence. Some people are born naturally confident. Others have to learn how to be confident. Fortunately confidence can be learned and cultivated. Once you begin to experience real confidence, you’ll eventually come to understand the difference between confidence and egotistical swagger. Egotistical swagger is not based on a solid foundation of experience […]

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Cultivating Confidence with Common Catchphrases

“Fake it ‘til you make it.” “Smile and the whole world smiles with you!” “Dress for success.” “Act as if…” These common catchphrases are grounded in truth and because they are easy to remember are helpful instructions for anyone who wants to develop their confidence. Many of these catchphrases are decades old. […]

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Fake It and You Will Make It

So, here we are in a brand New Year. Chances are you have set some new resolutions or goals, maybe even some big, hairy, audacious ones. Congratulations if you have. Now the question is, how will you achieve those goals? You may not know it, but studies show that simply acting confidently […]

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Try These Tips to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

While Christmas Day can be a relaxing time for many people, it can be quite hectic in the days leading up to it. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some ideas to take the stress out of the holiday season: Set a Budget – Money can be one […]

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Master the Art of Speaking to Groups

Unless you’re naturally extroverted, you’ve probably felt some anxiety before giving a presentation or speaking in public. In fact, it’s estimated that 74 percent of people suffer from speech anxiety. Any successful person will be required to speak in front of groups from time to time, and you’re no exception.   “I […]

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Success Can be Yours if You Keep Moving Forward

If you’re a football fan, you’re probably familiar with the instructions given to every running back – keep your legs moving. Because, if your legs aren’t moving, you’re not going forward. Your life can be a lot like that. When it seems you have insurmountable obstacles in front of you, sometimes you […]

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Foster Your Entrepreneurial Spirit to be More Successful

Everyone dreams of owning their own business. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get a business off the ground. If you’re a budding entrepreneur, here are a few tips to help you start your company:   Do What You Love One thing many business owners say is that […]

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Creativity is an Endless Fountain – Dip into it Regularly

Sir Paul McCartney will always be most famous as a member of the Beatles. He and John Lennon wrote and recorded timeless classic songs still widely played on the radio today. Yet Paul refused to rest on his laurels and created other top-selling albums, first with his band Wings, and later as […]

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Try These 4 Tips to Motivate Your Employees

I’ve talked a lot about the importance of motivating yourself and techniques for helping you succeed. Like any good leader, you’ll be in charge of other people. So how do you transfer your motivational skills to your employees? There is no set way to motivate others. Each person has a unique set […]

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Stay Positive – Don’t Give in to Negative Thoughts

We all have that inner voice in our head telling us we should or shouldn’t do things. The question is whether your conscience is giving you helpful advice. If not, here are some ways we sabotage ourselves and a few suggestions for spinning negatives into positives: Find Supportive Friends – Someone once […]

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Find Balance Between Your Home and Work Life

Finding that work/life balance is difficult for anyone these days. It’s even harder for budding entrepreneurs. If you’re trying to get a business off the ground, your work life probably spills over into your personal time. While you want to be successful, it’s important to give yourself some downtime to re-energize yourself. […]

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Let Your Actions Guide You to Succeed

There’s the classic line from Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back when he tells Luke Skywalker, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” Too often our hesitations hold us back from striving for success. If you feel like you’re spinning your wheels in your career, maybe it’s time to step back […]

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Master the Art of Brainstorming to Improve Your Business

You’ve probably seen movies or television shows that feature scenes of advertising executives huddled in a room trying to come up with a fresh idea for a client. You may think brainstorming is mainly for writers or advertising agencies, but in reality, it’s relevant for any type of business. That’s because you […]

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Mistakes Can Help You Become Successful

Elite athletes practically train non-stop. That’s because to reach a higher level of performance they need to repeat and refine their actions to attain the desired outcome. That same philosophy can be applied to how we approach our careers and lives. Look at the successful people in this world. All of us […]

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Organize Your Life for Greater Happiness

Is clutter starting to take over your home or office, or both? By developing an organizing regimen, you’ll not only cut the clutter, but you’ll feel better about yourself. Here are some ideas to help you get your life organized: Home – Ever have that sinking feeling when someone shows up at […]

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Volunteer – Give Back and Feel Better

We all have pretty busy lives, but one thing we should all make time for is giving of ourselves to causes we care about. There is actually research that shows that many people who volunteer are healthier than the rest of the population. One study concluded that people who volunteer live longer, […]

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Plan Your Success by Setting Goals for Yourself

The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu stated that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. But if you don’t have a map, you’ll be lost in no time. Goals are just like a roadmap; they reflect where you are and where you want to go. Without them, your life and […]

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Don’t Let Age Stand in Your Way to Success

Do you feel like you’re too old to fulfill your dreams? Are you too young to start your own business? Age is irrelevant when it comes to reaching your goals. That’s because it’s never too late to start your path to success. “Live your life and forget your age.” –Norman Vincent Peale, Author […]

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Harness the Power of Believing in Yourself to Reach Your Goals

A psychologist had a theory that everyone’s personality could be defined by a character in Winnie the Pooh. Eeyore, for example, was the pessimist, always waiting for tragedy to befall him. Pooh, on the other hand, is the eternal optimist, always looking for something positive in any situation. Do you identify more […]

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Define Your Needs and Wants for Success

Are you successful? Success can be measured any number of ways. One approach you can judge for yourself is to determine what your needs and wants are in your life and how many of each you’ve accomplished. If you’ve created your personal mission statement, you’ve probably asked yourself “Why” questions to determine […]

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Take Control of Your Vision

Back in the 1970s, comedian Steve Martin had a joke about how to become a millionaire and never pay taxes. First step: get a million dollars. Your vision will probably involve a few more steps to reach your goals. The world is littered with stories of people who were told they couldn’t […]

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Make Yourself 100% Responsible for Your Life

Anyone with siblings probably knows how easy it is to blame others for their situation. We may fall into the trap of blaming others early on, but it’s a habit that must be broken to truly reach your full potential. “I feel that a great coach is one that has a vision, sets a […]

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Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction for the Week Ahead

Happy Earth Week! This week we celebrate the conservation of our most precious resource: Earth. I would like to pay tribute to the Earth Day Network, working with more than 50,000 partners in 196 countries to build environmental democracy. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks […]

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