Amy Rees Anderson

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We Are The Sculptor Of Our Attitudes

There is a poem called “The Sculptor’s Attitude” that was written by an unknown author who perfectly expresses the role each of us play in sculpting our own attitudes. The poem goes like this: I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to

The Wealthiest Man In The World

If you were thinking the wealthiest man in the world is Jeff Bezos, or Bill Gates, or Warren Buffett…think again.  The wealthiest man in the world is a dishwasher in Tampa Florida and his name is Delywn Collins.  “I grew up as a handicapped. I went to a special education school. I had a slow

If You Are Ready For Your Life To Change

“If you really are ready for your life to change you have to make space for something new.” ( quote from a Hallmark Christmas movie) That quote from a recent Hallmark Christmas Movie has really got me to thinking these last few weeks about all of the things I’ve been involved in these last few

Hard Times Lead Us To Question

When good people pass away it can cause those left behind to start questioning things – Why did this good person with so much to live for have to be taken too soon?  Why would a loving God take them from us when they are so needed by so many here?  What good purpose does

The Law Of Giving

The Law of Giving is very simple:  If you want joy, give joy If love is what you seek, offer love If you crave material affluence, help others become prosperous.”                                                                            -Deepak Chopra So my Cyber Monday turned into an early Giving Tuesday as I spent the first part of my day in a board

It’s Gonna Be An ‘Add To Cart’ Workout Kind Of Day!

Welcome back everyone – I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving holiday!  I, for one, had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  My husband and I didn’t have our kids this Thanksgiving as they were all at their in-laws, so the two of us decided to fly out to Dover, Delaware where we got together with two

Be The Miracle

Wishing for your own Thanksgiving Miracle or Christmas Miracle this holiday season?  After all…this time of year does tend to be a time of miracles… But what if this holiday season you decided that rather than just wishing for your own miracle you were actually going to BE THE MIRACLE for someone else’s life instead?

Can A Vending Machine Change The World?

Can a vending machine change the world? If all its dispensing is a Twix candy bar or a bag of chips then perhaps not (although I do love a good Twix 🙂 ). But what if that vending machine was actually a Giving Machine? Then could it change the world? …Watch this 1 minute video

To The Victims Of Trash Talkers

“Live in such a way that if anyone should speak badly of you no one would believe it.” – Zig Ziglar I absolutely love, love, love that quote! Over the years I have learned that you cannot control what things people may say about you – some will say mean or unkind things and even

The Importance Of Saying Thank You

My two year old grandson came barreling in the door of the house calling out “Grandma…Grandma” as he ran over to me to give me a hug.  I’m telling ya….that is seriously just about THE GREATEST thing in the entire world! As I sat with him playing it made me long for the days when

Passive Aggressive Behavior Will Destroy A Company’s Culture

Back on March 6, 2013 I wrote an article in Forbes Called Passive Aggressive Behavior Will Destroy A Company’ Culture. That article rings as relevant today as it did back then. It reads: Passive-aggressive behavior in any company is one of the most destructive cancers to a culture that ends up killing both a great company, and the self-esteem of

Do Not Become Discouraged

“Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.”  – Unknown It’s fairly normal for us to feel discouraged at times in our lives….times when people disappoint us, times we disappoint ourselves,

Who You Are Is Evident In The Way You Treat Others

When I was CEO of my company interviewing people to hire, I never once had an interviewee choose to use their time in the interview to bash the other candidates applying for the job. And if they had, I certainly wouldn’t have been willing to hire them.  I would hire the candidate who shared our

Get Past The Feeling Of Never Being Enough

“How do you get past that feeling of never being enough when you are trying to juggle being a mom, working a full-time job, going to school, etc. It just feels like I’ll never be enough”  That was the question one of the women asked me today after hearing me talk at an event for

You Can Lead A Horse To Water And Sometimes The Horse Will Crap In It

“You can lead a horse to water and sometimes the horse will crap in it.”  – Roger Ellerton Yesterday I was dealing with some fallout that was caused by someone who made some really unnecessary mistakes in a professional setting that had some really impactful consequences.  What was even more frustrating to me was that

Support Really Good People Doing Really Good Things

I spent the evening tonight with a group of incredible philanthropic givers with a heart toward the area of education in Utah and dear friends of my husband and I’s so we could talk about how we can expand an incredible program called Youth Entrepreneurs throughout Utah’s High Schools as well as the Universities Entrepreneurship

Changing The World For The Better

Today was a really big day – it was the groundbreaking for the new Scott C. Keller Business School Building at Utah Valley University.  This is a project our Woodbury School of Business National Advisory Board I’m Chairing has been working on for years so it was fantastic to see it actually happening. And I’m

Never Work A Day In Your Life?

Last Thursday was quite the whirlwind of a day!  I started off my day in the morning heading down to Provo Utah to speak at an event put on by RevRoad. RevRoad is a business accelerator for entrepreneurs that offers coworking space, legal services, marketing, accounting, mentoring services, etc in return for equity.  They asked

Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not

Never Take Anything For Granted

As I was leaving work on a Wednesday night back in October of 2011, I received a phone call that my mother had slipped and fallen down in the rain and she was being taken by ambulance to the hospital.  She had broken her femur and her hip and was going to be taken into

The Magnetic Power Of Gratitude

“What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it–would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.” ~ Ralph Marston It was Henry Ward Beecher

Stop Defending And Start Listening

In yesterday’s blog I shared points from a Forbes article I’d written years ago on the importance of giving people honest feedback. Today I thought it would be good to share points from a follow-on article I’d written for Forbes on the importance of receiving feedback (The article was titled, If You Want To Improve,

Speak The Truth

Years ago I wrote an article for Forbes called Speak The Truth Even If Your Voice Shakes which talked about the importance of giving people honest feedback in a respectful way, even at times it feels uncomfortable or  intimidating to do so.  In the article I shared seven lessons I’d learned about giving feedback and

Have Each Others Back

The other night I was watching a show about a Navy SEAL Team. Seeing the way the team has each others backs, through thick and thin, was so inspiring and it really got me to thinking…perhaps the reason those SEALs are able to be so brave and have such courage to face whatever obstacles lie

It Was A Dark And Stormy Night When…

It was a dark and stormy night. I was sound asleep in my bed on the main floor while my two little kids were fast asleep upstairs in their beds.  As a single mom at the time I was always keenly aware of any sounds I heard in the house late at night.  But this

The Power Of Prayer

If there is one thing I wouldn’t know how to get by without in life, its prayer.  Prayer is such a critically important part of my life and always have been – I pray for guidance, I pray about the decisions I need to make, I pray for my loved ones, I pray for help

Is It Messed Up To Already Be Decorating For Christmas?

Is it messed up that I started putting up my Christmas tree last night?!? I just couldn’t help myself…it’s crazy cold outside and it started snowing which made it feel like Christmas…and Christmas happens to be my very favorite holiday of all time…so yeah…I got excited and BAM…the decorations came out….so like it or not,

Happily Ever After Doesn’t Happen By Chance

“Happily ever after doesn’t happen by chance, but rather by choice.”  Dr. John Gottman Over the weekend my husband and I went to a marriage workshop that covered material from The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work, written by Dr. John Gottman. Drs John and Julie Gottman are renowned experts on marriage and have done

Make The Effort

“The grass is always greener” …it’s a syndrome that plagues a lot of people. They constantly believe something else would be better than what they currently have.  Most commonly we hear of people catching that syndrome in their dating or marriage relationships, but the truth is it can exist in any area of life, from



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