Amy Rees Anderson

Defining Success

How do I define a successful day?  For me, a successful day is one I can come home from knowing that I did my very best, I gave it my all, I made good choices that upheld my integrity and that I treated others with kindness and respect.  That is a successful day.  Every other

We All Need Reasons To Celebrate

If you happen to like Polar Bears, Pokemon, Chili, or Protein then February 27th is definitely your day to celebrate! That’s right – its National Polar Bear Day, National Pokemon Day, National Chili Day, and National Protein Day!  YEEEE-HAWWWW!!! I can’t help but wonder who comes up with all these random national holidays?  But whoever

Totally Unafraid

Have you ever tried chasing after a two year old who is running as fast as he can down a long hallway while wearing four inch high heels?  Well, that’s exactly what I was doing Sunday.  We had been sitting in the chapel of our church listening to the speaker when my grandson started acting

It’s Up To You

“You are the fellow that has to decide Whether you’ll do it or toss it aside. You are the fellow who makes up your mind Whether you’ll lead or will linger behind Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s afar Or just be contented to stay where you are. Take it or leave it. Here’s

So Many People Doing So Much Good

I spoke today in Atlanta Georgia at the National Ethics Directors Summit being held for University Ethics Directors from across the country as part of the APPE (Association for Practical & Professional Ethics) International Conference.  I was also able to spend the entire day with these Directors both before and after my talk and that

Ethics and Integrity

Today I flew to Atlanta in order to speak tomorrow at a conference for the National Ethics Directors Summit being held for University Ethics Directors from across the country.  When I was asked to come and speak at this Summit I went to great lengths to move my schedule around so I could make it

Don’t Wait For Conditions To Be Perfect To Begin

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” – Alan Cohen Today I went and spoke at Brigham Young University to a class of around 350 students.  After my presentation I spent time doing open Q&A with them and I have to admit that the Q&A portion is

How To Keep Young And Prevent Aging

Welcome back from your holiday weekend! I hope everyone was able to make time for a little romance over Valentines. I know I personally have to credit my husband for knocking it out of the park with my favorite roses, cooking me breakfast, drawing hearts with crayon on my shower walls with cute sayings in

Valentines Day, Or As Men Like to Call It – Extortion Day

“Today is Valentine’s Day. Or, as men like to call it, Extortion day.“ ~Jay Leno You can’t really call it extortion when we women are just as willing to accept things that don’t cost you money as our Valentines gift. Every girl loves a homemade card or home-cooked dinner from her sweetheart because it says

It’s A Dis-Service To Keep Someone In a Job They Aren’t Good At

One thing I learned many years ago is that you do a dis-service to an individual by leaving them in a role where they are not succeeding.  Some people don’t succeed due to their own faults, and others don’t succeed simply because they are not the right match for the position they have been placed

It May Be Small To You, Yet Everything To Them

Today as I was leaving a restaurant where I’d had a meeting with someone and as she and I were walking out to our cars in the parking lot a car driving past us slowed down and stopped right next to us.  The back window rolled down to reveal two little boys, around four or

There’s No Kill Switch On AWESOME

“There’s no kill switch on AWESOME.”  – Dilbert A woman who worked with terminally ill patients often asked them what their biggest regrets were from their life.  One of the regrets shared was that they wish they had let themselves be happier.  Note the phrase “let themselves be happier”, which was them acknowledging that they

Speaking Of A.D.D.

I have so many things to tell all of you about and yet each time I’ve tried to sit down to write a blog about them I get interrupted – From my husband being hospitalized unexpectedly last week, to me needing to fly to Washington DC this week for some really important meetings and to

Be Openly Vulnerable

I learned many lessons through my years of leading companies, but without question, the most surprising thing I learned was this: The thing you can do that will make you the strongest, is the thing that is most counter-intuitive to do:   Be openly vulnerable. Being vulnerable was not my strong suit growing up. In my

You May Be The Very Person That Can Do It

“You were born with the ability to change someone’s life. Don’t ever waste it.” We often hear that we must help ourselves before we can help someone else, and to some extent I believe that to be true.  But I also find it to be true that one of the best ways to help ourselves

How Will You Measure Your Life

Clayton M. Christensen, renowned Harvard Business Professor, strategy consultant, best-selling author, mentor, church leader, husband, father, and grandfather, passed away just over a week ago at the age of 67. He was an amazing man who taught a powerful lesson on how we ought to measure our lives – both through his words and through

The MVPs of the Super Bowl

While fans everywhere were excited to watch the Super Bowl game, I was excited because one of the Super Bowl commercials announced that Little Caesars Pizza is now offering home delivery!  YEEEEE  HAWWWWWW!!!!!  Touchdowns are nothing in excitement compared to how I feel about that news! Just think about it – we now have the



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