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Are you energized or paraylzed?

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Benjamin Franklin observed that, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” True enough. Yet there is one other certainty in life, and that is change. Death is final and taxes are a miserable part of life, but in my observation, it is change that causes the most stress – often on a daily basis.

Change either paralyzes or energizes, and there doesn’t seem to be much middle ground. As a writer, speaker and storyteller, I have always been fascinated by how change lifts some and crushes others. Why is it that only a few are able to grasp the shifts in their industries and shape them into the energy to create new paradigms and new ways of doing business, while others just become completely trapped; unable to go back because the old way just isn’t there any longer, yet also unable to move forward?

In my speaking engagements and in my columns and blogs I often share stories of how paradigm pioneers create new ways of doing business – or even create completely new businesses – often to great success. I have seen firsthand the almost spiritual awakening that happens to those who are paralyzed when they hear and understand those stories and begin applying them to their businesses.

The pace of change is so rapid today that I had to find a way to help tell those stories to a wider audience. I needed to find a way to energize more and more people by telling stories of those who have mastered change to become their success engine. I call those folks the “ShiftShapers” and I have created “The ShiftShapers Podcast” to help spread their amazing stories.

I am especially excited that the podcast will be available right here on, where you come for all of the latest news and opinions the industry has to share. A new podcast will be available right here each Tuesday, and you can subscribe to get it sent to you automatically, too.

We can’t do anything about one of Ben’s observations, but on April 15th, the taxes will be in the mail and energizing change will be on the way. 


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