Amy Rees Anderson

The Difference One Person Can Make

Last night my daughter came in to tell me about her day.  She was clearly in a really good mood despite the fact she wasn’t feeling well still.  As she started to tell me about her day she was really excited to share her experience with a substitute teacher that taught one of her classes. 

I Need Your Advice!

Normally I try to provide insight on life lessons I am learning in my daily blog in order to try and help others avoid having to go through some of the same struggles that I do.  But today I need to turn the tables and ask all of you if you would be willing to

Leave it All on the Court

Tonight my husband and I took our daughter to the Utah Jazz vs Boston Celtics Basketball game.  We had given our daughter tickets to the game for her Christmas present as her favorite player is Rajon Rondo of the Celtics.  She was really bummed out when he tore his ACL and she found out he

7 Up-Lifting Ways to Start Your Day

After flying home from the BYU Founders Board Trip to the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night of last week, I headed immediately up to Park City, Utah for the University of Utah Board Meeting for Thursday and Friday.  That board meeting went fabulous as well and we again made several new friends and we caught

Weed Out the Bad to Make More Room for What’s Good!

In the book Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll writes: “If you drink much from a bottle marked ‘poison,’ it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.” Obviously none of us set out to intentionally drink poisons.  Yet, it is amazing how innocently they seem to show up in our lives, first in

You’re Gonna Miss This

“You’re Gonna Miss This” are the lyrics in the chorus of a song that is incredibly impactful by Trace Adkins.  The song is about cherishing the moments of our lives as they happen because there will come a day when you will miss those moments greatly.   That lesson and message applies to so many areas

Make Time For Friendships, New and Old

I moved around a tremendous amount growing up.  My family lived in Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, California, and finally Utah. Living in so many places was rough as a kid, but as an adult I found that it came to help me tremendously when it came to finding connections with people which helped

Happy President’s Day Weekend

Not much beats a good holiday weekend ahead to look forward to!  I especially like when Monday’s are a holiday because Sunday night you get to be excited for that one more day off.  To celebrate President’s Day I thought it would be fun to share some quotes from different President’s over the years.  Enjoy these

“Not a One!” on Valentine’s Day

Tonight I went with a group of young women who decided to spread a little Valentines love by heart-attacking some of the neighbors front doors.  For those of you who don’t know what a heart-attack is, it is when you take a bunch of cute construction paper cut out hearts and stick them all over

Great Employees Are Not Replaceable (Forbes Article)

One of the greatest lessons I learned during my time as a CEO was that great employees are not replaceable. It isn’t the technology or the product that make a company great, it’s the people. And companies who see their good employees as “replaceable” are wrong. Good employees are not replaceable. Let me clarify what

Valentine’s Day Advice for the Single and the Taken

I was married five years ago, but prior to that I was single for ten years, and for every one of those ten years I dreaded Valentine’s Day. It was as if there had been a holiday created just for the purpose of torturing anyone who was single! They may as well have renamed the

Tony Hsieh and the Creation of Happiness

Today I was invited to attend the Credit Suisse Entrepreneurs Conference being held at the Sundance Resort.  For our dinner tonight Tony Hseih, CEO of Zappos.com spoke to us.  Years ago I read Tony’s book “Delivering Happiness” which, by the way, is an excellent book and a must read for entrepreneurs and leaders.  His understanding of

OH, THE PLACES YOU`LL GO!

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You`re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who`ll decide where to go…“ – What a great quote by Dr. Seuss! I came across a great article about

A Great Reminder of How Fortunate We Are

I came across this reminder of just how blessed each of us are and I was grateful to have this reminder.  Life is amazing and beautiful and I feel incredibly blessed for all the good in my life.  I have to give a special shout out to my amazing daughter Ashley today as it is

The Entrepreneur’s Addiction (Forbes Article)

Some days I get really frustrated at the fact that there are a million things I really want to get done, yet there are just not enough hours in the day to do them all!  And trying to pick and choose which things to put first can be one of the most challenging parts of

Things You Must Give Up To Move Forward

As I start off each new week I always try to find some sort of quote or thought that will help inspire me to improve myself as I head into that week.  I am a HUGE believer in the importance of trying to constantly improve ourselves.   I think when we allow ourselves to become complacent



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