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Fail Upwards Baby!

(Guest post from Dalton Anderson)  If I were to write a book on my life, the title will definitely be “Failing Upwards”. I define failing upwards as using the lessons life teaches you to improve your situation. For me, that’s been a whole lot of failures that have taught me and prepared me for the […]

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No One Is Successful And Brilliant From The Get-Go

I’ve had some amazing successes in my business life – but I certainly didn’t start out successful. And I’ve had my fair share of strokes of brilliance along the way – but I definitely didn’t start out brilliant. The truth is that when I first started out I was anything but successful or brilliant…I was […]

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Resolve What You Will Do While You Are Still In The Moment

This last Sunday I attended a meeting in which BYU President Kevin Worthen spoke. He covered several topics but there was one suggestion in particular that he gave that really struck me and I knew I had to share it with all of you: He shared that when you hear a speaker talk that inspires […]

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The Worst Part About Growing Up

“The worst part about growing up is seeing your parents growing old.” – unknown My husband’s parents live up in Idaho and as soon as the cold weather comes each year they love to take a road trip to go somewhere down south its nice and warm. On their way down south they always stop […]

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What AWESOME Looks Like now available in ebook on Amazon Kindle

January 29, 2019 the hardcopy of my book “What AWESOME Looks Like: How To Excel in Business And Life” was released. And I’m happy to announce that today, the ebook Kindle version of my book was released on Amazon.com. You can download your copy of the ebook version on Amazon.com here:  https://www.amazon.com/What-Awesome-Looks-Like-Business-ebook/dp/B07PB1FKXB The ebook versions […]

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If You Hold A Cat By The Tail You Learn Things You Cannot Learn Any Other Way

“If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.” – Mark Twain Today was closing day for my son and his wife on their first home. It’s a starter home that will require some fixing up before they will be able to move in, but once we […]

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Advice For The Overwhelmed

Today was one of those days where when it comes to an end you just want to curl up in a ball and cry because you’ve had one thing after another pile on you so fast and furious you don’t even feel like you have time to breathe, let alone catch a potty break or […]

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Channel Your Inner Child And Dream Again

(Guest blog post written by Ashley Anderson Hill) :  The Magic of Disney Over the holiday weekend my husband and I went with a couple of friends to the one… the only… (drumroll please) …DISNEYLAND! 🙂 #happiestplaceonearth Upon arrival, and after what felt like a 5,000-hour road trip, we decided to hit up the magical street […]

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Time Is A Precious Commodity

We realize the value of our time more and more the older we get…perhaps because we become keenly aware that the time we have left is growing less and less… The irony is that our time right now is, and always has, held the very same value – a minute has always been worth a […]

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If You Want to Increase Your Creativity, Quit Following the Manual

(Guest blog written by Dalton Anderson) I watched “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” recently and I highly recommend that movie. If you enjoyed the first movie, I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy the second. It was—AWESOME! And speaking of the first Lego Movie, it gave me an idea for a blog and since my […]

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The Meaning Of Colors And How Colors Can Inspire Us

We all have favorite colors – our favorite colored shirt we wear, our favorite color of car, etc. Color  become our favorites because they make us feel a certain way or they come to represent something in our lives. Colors can become a great source of meaning and inspiration for us. Anyone who visits my […]

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It May Not Be Your Fault, But It Is Your Responsibility

You may not have caused this problem yourself, but it is your job to do something about it, especially when you hold any kind of a leadership or management position. Management means that you are responsible for everything – whether you personally made the mistake or not – you still have to own the responsibility […]

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Life Gives To All The Choice.

“Life gives to all the choice. You can satisfy yourself with mediocrity if you wish. You can be common, ordinary, dull, and colorless if that is what you want. Or you can channel your life so that it will be clean, vibrant, progressive, useful colorful and rich.” – Spencer W. Kimball I have never been […]

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What A Genuine Smile Will Do For You

Did you know that the habit of smiling can make you happier in life?  Well it can!  Here is an excerpt from an article that was published back in 2009 that proves it! (I’m not sure who wrote it but it’s awesome!): “A recent study found that a habit of genuine smiling may contribute to […]

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Some Heart Healthy Goodness

Many years ago I was asked to chair an event for the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women known as Go Red For Women. It was a fabulous event and we  brought in the incredibly beautiful and absolutely charming Joan Lunden to be our keynote speaker.  At the […]

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Are You Prepared For Valentines Day?

When I was a little kid in elementary school I LOVED Valentine’s Day because in the days leading up to it, each of us kids in my elementary school class would bring a cardboard box or an old Quaker Oats canister from home and we got to decorate it to make it look like a […]

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Learn From The Wisdom Of Those Who Have Experience

“When you are willing to listen and learn, some of life’s most meaningful teachings come from those who have gone before you. They have walked where you are walking and have experienced many of the things you are experiencing. If you listen and respond to their counsel, they can help guide you toward choices that […]

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Getting Over A Painful Experience Is Much Like Crossing Monkey Bars

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing the monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” – C.S. Lewis Last week was a difficult one, but this week my grandson is out of the hospital and he’s back home again with his parents and he appears […]

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Jesus Will Make It Grow Back

When my son Dalton was a little boy, for some reason he could not grow bangs.  His hair would grow on top and on the sides and in the back, but it just wouldn’t grow in the front.  So for the first few years of his life I kept him in baseball caps to disguise […]

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The Big Difference A Little Kindness Can Make

To say it has been a rough week this week wouldn’t quite do it justice. We’ve spent the week in hospitals with a very sick little grandbaby. We are all going on almost no sleep this week and we’ve been sick with worry, but through all of it there has been something truly amazing that […]

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The Hardest Thing To Do

The hardest thing is watching someone you love suffering and there is literally nothing you can do to make it better…its especially hard when it’s your little 17 month old grandbaby. As I sit here at the hospital again tonight surrounded by my family as we watch the doctors and nurses working on baby Flynn […]

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I Never Knew

When I became a parent I never knew I could love another human being so much. I still remember the way I felt when I became pregnant with my second child – I remember wondering how I could ever love another person as much as I loved my first child. But then 23 years ago […]

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We Have Less Time Remaining Today Than We Had Yesterday

It has been a crazy few weeks and I was already feeling totally overwhelmed by all I needed to get done when I found out my Great Uncle Mel Dalton had passed away and I would need to travel down to Moab with my parents to attend his funeral.  As stressed as I was about […]

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Noble Virtues, Selfless Service, Self-Reliance, and Courage

WWII Veteran, and my Great Uncle, Melvin Dalton passed away last weekend just six days before his 96th birthday. Uncle Mel served in the U.S. Marine Corp on the USS California during World War II. He later served as Chief of Police in Moab Utah for eleven years. He was an incredible sharp shooter, he […]

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You Were Meant To Fly

Recently I had a conversation with some young women who shared feelings of discouragement after they had been told that they needed to accept certain limits on their choices for the future. I was so frustrated because I know firsthand those limits don’t exist and those young women can achieve all of the goals they […]

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The Best Energy Boost In The World!

I was unbelievably tired after returning home late last night from my four day trip to Palm Springs for back to back meetings on philanthropic giving and staying up until 4am writing my blog and attempting to take an initial stab at reading the mounds of emails I missed while I was away. That’s when […]

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How Will You Use Your Opportunity To Influence Others?

Each of us will have an opportunity to influence an untold number of people during our lifetime. So the question we must ask ourselves is, “When we have opportunities to influence others how are we going to use them?  What will we do when we are given a moment in the sun?  What impact do […]

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Accomplish More Than Ever Before

This weekend my husband and I have had the privilege of coming together with our friends, Charles and Liz Koch, along with many other absolutely incredible philanthropic leaders as part of The Seminar Network, a group of individuals who have chosen to work together to accomplish some truly amazing things in philanthropy. What makes this […]

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They Are Trusting You – Don’t Blow It

Last night after I finished judging a business plan competition down at Utah Valley University my family and I met up at a restaurant to take my Father and Mother-in-law, who had traveled down from Idaho to visit us for the night, out to dinner. We were excited to see them as my father-in-law was […]

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You Know Customer Service is Good When You Look Forward to Leaving a Review

Today’s post is written by my son Dalton Anderson:  “My wife and I celebrated our anniversary a bit ago, and we decided to use our Ruth’s Chris Steak House gift card that we had been holding on to since our wedding. My wife made the reservation, asked my sister and bro-in-law to babysit our boy, […]

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