I just returned from three weeks of traveling for client work in New York City, London, and Ithaca, NY. Everywhere I went, I was surrounded by incredibly talented up-and-coming leaders who have a nearly insatiable hunger for learning, getting great experience, and making a difference to people and organizations.

It is totally energizing to be around leaders who care so much about what they do and why they do it.

It also occurred to me that we have a huge responsibility to instill a passion in these aspiring leaders, as an inoculation against the cynicism and distrust that has crept into organizations these days. But passion doesn’t only come from loving what we do. It comes from being around people and organizations we care deeply about, further bolstered by the tools new leaders need to cope with tough challenges and even tougher naysayers with whom they must interact.

I am putting the finishing touches on my first book, WillBe: 13 Reasons WillBe’s are Luckier than WannaBe’s. The main purpose of this book is to provide up-and-coming leaders with insights and tools they can use to better anticipate and conquer obstacles to success.

My experience these past three weeks makes me even more convinced that taking the time to write this book has been well worth it—not because I have some special wisdom to share . . . I don’t. I am just excited to learn from top-notch people and to help others better understand what they do to be successful.

I will keep you posted on the release date of my book. In the meanwhile, thanks for all you are doing to help WillBe‘s be WillBe‘s.

Let me know your thoughts.


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