Amy Rees Anderson

But Seriously Though, What’s Your Excuse?

Tonight I was a judge for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Shark Tank where students from the age of 8 – 18 pitched their business plans in front of a panel of four judges and a room full of their parents and several of their peers. As these young people walked us through their business idea, […]

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History Has It’s Eyes On You…Don’t Throw Away Your Shot

A few weeks ago I had lunch with Lin-Manuel Miranda, the writer of the Broadway play Hamilton.  You can imagine his surprise when I admitted to him I had not yet heard the Soundtrack from his play Hamilton but I shared how big a fan of it my husband is and how excited I was […]

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It’s Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

“Don’t be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.” –Unknown Every one has physical and/or emotional scars of some kind. Perhaps those scars resulted from an accident you were involved in, or perhaps they resulted from being the victim of some sort of abuse…whatever caused them, […]

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After The Game The King And The Pawn Go Into The Same Box

Last week I had a crazy schedule – My week started with a podcast interview, then I judged a business competition,  I flew from Utah out to Burbank California for an investment meeting and then I flew from California out to Chicago for a business conference and then I had to hustle to get back […]

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The Motivating Power Of A Friendly Competition

I’m a firm believer in competing against our own best selves over trying to compete with other people.  That being said, I am all about having fun friendly competitions once in awhile because they are just a great way to motivate yourself.  Growing up as a middle child in a family with ten children it […]

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Does Your Family Have A Zombie Plan?

Does Your Family Have A Zombie Plan?  (The following blog is from my son Dalton who wanted to share this important message with all of you since he felt I had not adequately been addressing this subject in prior blog posts…): News just broke out that the zombie apocalypse has started. What are you going […]

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Stuck In A Jam

Traffic jams are so frustrating! It is so painful to be stuck on the freeway when there is a traffic jam of bumper to bumper cars and there is literally no way to get yourself out of it. All you can do is sit there and wait for the traffic to start moving again. You […]

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We All Have A Talent We Bring To The Table

I can still remember walking into a Deseret Industries thrift store as a newly married girl of 20 years old and spotting an old broken down piece of furniture. As I looked at it, in my mind I could literally picture the gorgeous rocking chair that it could be if I were to put a […]

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Things Will Straighten Out When You Stand Steady And Face Them

Sundays have always been a special day of the week for me. It’s the one day I set aside work and outside activities and as much technology as I can and I use it as a day to refill my spiritual tank. I always attend church for three hours each Sunday (…yes, you heard me […]

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“Don’t let someone’s words blind you from their behavior.”

If we want to know who another person is all we need to do is watch what they do.  Strip away their words completely and just focus on their actions…observe just their actions over a period of time. As you do this you will begin to know their true character because their actions will be […]

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We Have The Meats? A Tale Of Customer Service

Today I drove up to Utah State University to speak on a panel to the MBA students and then to be a judge for USUs annual Shark Tank business competition.  This is an event I look forward to every year because I absolutely love the students up at USU! They are awesome students who are […]

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Friendship Is Built In The Present, But We Can Deepen Its Roots By Sharing Stories From Our Pasts

Dalton here, Amy’s one month shy of turning 25 year old son (feel free to mark that in your calendars so you’ll remember to send birthday wishes my way 🙂 ) filling in for my Mom tonight so she can have a little alone time with my Dad…and frankly, I prefer to not know what […]

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You Can Do Anything If You Stop Trying To Do Everything

“You Can Do Anything If You Stop Trying To Do Everything.” – Oliver Emberton WOW!  Talk about a quote that smacks you right between the eyes with the most obvious “DUH” moment ever!  I mean really, it makes perfect sense doesn’t it? After selling my company back in 2012 I thought my life would be […]

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What Are Men Really Thinking?

“Women spend more time thinking about what men think than men actually spend thinking.”  -unknown There is no question that as a woman when you ask a man what he is thinking and he responds, “Nothing” it seems like an impossible answer. How in the world could he actually be thinking about nothing?? I still […]

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The Good Old Days

Tonight my son Dalton was out camping and he was taking pictures of his son Flynn. He was reminiscing about seeing pictures of himself from when he’d been a little kid in that same place and now here he was taking pictures of his own son in that place. He said a quote came to […]

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Of Regrets And Resolutions

Six years ago I heard a talk by Dieter F. Uchtdorf called “Of Regrets And Resolutions” that impacted my life tremendously. I had pulled portions and excerpts from this talk (as the full talk was a little long to post in my blog) and shared them back in 2012.  Today I happened to be looking […]

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Do It For The Others Whose Feet May Someday Pass This Way

I’m sure I’ve shared this poem at some point before but it was on my mind today so I had to share it again. When I’ve had a long day and I’m tired and find myself still awake and still needing to write a daily blog and it’s already 3am in the morning and I […]

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The Greatest Superheroes Keep Their Identity A Secret

The greatest superheroes keep their identity a secret. Wonder Woman (my personal favorite!) is Diana Prince, Superman is Clark Kent, Spiderman is Peter Parker, and so on. Here they are, saving the world day after day, yet they choose to walk around as normal, everyday people, taking no credit at all for the great work […]

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‘Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.’

“Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.” – Ezra T. Benson When we focus on “who is right” it is very easy for personal emotions to come into play which often leads to clouding our view – worrying about “who is right” becomes a matter of pride of […]

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Learning From Others Mistakes Is A Great Way To Save Yourself A Whole Lot Of Time, Money, And Pain

“Don’t touch that hot stove – you’ll burn yourself.” We’ve all heard that advice before. Some of us headed the advice and some of us didn’t. Those who did were able to avoid a painful burn and its subsequent scarring, and those who didn’t…well, we all know what happened to them. They learned the hard way. […]

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“You’re allowed five emotional minutes in the day, then you gotta be a Gangsta.”

“You’re allowed five emotional minutes in the day, then you gotta be a Gangsta.” I love it when I come across the absolutely perfect quote at just the perfect moment when you need it the most. This quote seriously made my day today so I had to share it in case any of you needed […]

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Why Do You Go Away? So That You Can Come Back With New Eyes

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors.” – Terry Pratchett Last week my son and his wife announced that they were getting me out of town so I could detach from the chaos and have […]

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Practice The Pause

“Practice the pause. Pause before judging. Pause before assuming. Pause before accusing. Pause whenever you’re about to react harshly and you’ll avoid doing and saying things you’ll later regret.” – Lori Deschene Similar to that quote is one that reads:  “Practice the pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, […]

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Try Writing Your Own Eulogy

A eulogy is those words that will be spoken at your funeral someday reflecting back on the person you were, the things you accomplished, the things you did for others, and the example your life set and the legacy it has left behind. Have you ever sat and thought about writing your own eulogy?  Taking a […]

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All You Need To Know About Life You Can Learn From A Leprechaun

Top of the Mornin’ To Ya! Well, actually I’m writing this at night, but I have no idea what the proper Irish greeting is for evening time so Top of the Mornin’ anyway 🙂   I love listening to an Irish accent – everything just sounds so much better when its said with an Irish accent, […]

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Everybody Has A Home Team

“Everybody has a home team: It’s the people you call when you get a flat tire or when something terrible happens. It’s the people who, near or far, know everything that’s wrong with you and love you anyways. These are the ones who tell you their secrets, who get themselves a glass of water without […]

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Beautiful, But Not For Something As Temporary As Looks

I was going through some photos to find some updated pictures of my daughter that I could print out to put into some frames I keep on the shelf in the family room. Looking at her photos one can’t help but notice how absolutely gorgeous of a young woman she is. It’s easy to recognize […]

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The Courage To Be Imperfect

“The fact is, every single one of us is a work-in-progress. We may be at different stages in life. We may have different strengths and weaknesses, but there isn’t a single person on the planet who hasn’t felt vulnerable or made mistakes. Nor is there a single person who couldn’t be better at something in […]

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Choices And Consequences

Life is full of choices. Some are easy choices and some are hard, but the upside of choices is they are always ours to make and no one can ever take that away from us. However, the downside to choices is that while we get to make them, we don’t get to choose what consequences […]

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“Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.”

Tonight was the opening event of our Spring Board Conference at UVU where I serve as Chairman of the National Advisory Board for the business school. We have our board conferences twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring, and it takes a lot of work to get ready for them […]

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