Business

Mindset Importance

A few years back, I wrote a LIFEies on a book by Carol S. Dweck called Mindset on how important having a growth mindset is for living a Fantastic Life.   Carol and Patricia Chen have completed some additional research (here is a link to the published paper), and it turns out having a strategic mindset is critical to hitting your goals. … Read more →

Why Velocity?

Almost every single day for the last 40+ years I have pushed myself to keep everything moving.  I have spent a lifetime on velocity.  I have created presentations on it.  It is one of our “This is Coppola Cheney” non-negotiable tenets and I have come to love moving my life at a faster pace than most are accustomed to. What does… Read more →

Team Members to Focus On

I’ve run the vaunted Marathon des Sables.  I’ve run the Western States 100.  I’ve been a top producer at Lee & Associates for 25 years.  What is tougher than any of these?  Building a world-class team. For the last three decades, I have been building teams.  My personal team, The Coppola-Cheney Group, and companies that I have invested in through Habanero… Read more →

Network Success

I have +-5,000 LinkedIn connections. We have an extensive +-12,000 contacts in our database at Coppola-Cheney.  LIFEies goes to over 25,000 people weekly.  My Commercial Real Estate Narrative goes to over 35,000 weekly.  Why am I sharing all this? The number one predictor of career success is working with a large open network. While the article below was written years ago,… Read more →

Stealing Success Habits

Words matter. Phrases can transform lives.  Don’t believe me? When was the last time you received a harsh criticism that turned your entire day upside down? How long did it take for you to overcome the resulting funk? On the other hand, can you recall the last time someone’s positive praise lifted you so high you felt untouchable? Words have… Read more →

The Truth about Success

We all strive for the satisfaction that comes with achieving success in life. For me, I get an endorphins blast from the simplest tasks to the biggest wins—everything! I am achievement and success orientated in every area of my life.  I think all of us love to highlight the positives from a task, project, event or a goal. But, there are the… Read more →

The Differences Between Amateurs and Professionals

  Over the last few years, I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about the difference between amateurs and professionals. Professionals and amateurs vary on how they apply themselves to the world around them.  Here are some differences. Amateurs: a-stop when they achieve something b-focus on being right c-blame others Professionals: a-have a process b-see failure as part of… Read more →