September 28, 2010

Ginny Ruffner: A Not So Still Life

I am so excited! A documentary was made about Ginny Ruffner, one of my amazing self-starters. Directed by Karen Stanton and produced by Tom Gorai, this international artist was the focus of the film, A Not So Still Life.

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) will debut this film tomorrow night, Wednesday, September 29th. The film was the co-winner of Seattle International Film Festival Golden Space Needle Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary.

A Not So Still Life peers into the kaleidoscopic mind of Ginny Ruffner, an artist of tremendous artistic reach. Run; don’t walk to see this wonderful film!

September 27, 2010

Seizing Opportunities: A Self-Starter Traititude

One of the traititudes (A blend of trait and attitude) of a self-starter is seizing opportunities. Yesterday, Leon Washington of the Seattle Seahawks showed what that traititude looked like as the team won a hard-fought battle over the San Diego Chargers. Leon Washington was the star of the game. This was a man who seized the opportunities presented to him and went for it.

A year ago, Leon snapped two major parts of his lower leg—the bones even punctured his skin! It was predicted Leon would never make a solid recovery, and even if he did, with a rod in his leg he would never be the same. But he fought his way back, ignored the naysayers, and returned to the team. And what a return it was—two kickoff returns yesterday netted him 200 yards and two touchdowns!

Leon had this to say about it: “Being able to instantly change the momentum, I always relish that opportunity. . . I knew I have to make something happen.” Meet self-starter, Leon Washington.

September 26, 2010

President Obama Recognizes a Self-Starter

One of the biggest thrills for me is to read about what my self-starters are currently doing. Do you love the “my”?! I can’t help it—they’re now part of my life whether they like it or not!


Dr. Roberta Brinton of the USC School of Pharmacy, profiled in my book, Secrets of Self-Starters, was recently honored by President Obama with the 2010 Citizens Medal. This is the nation’s second-highest civilian award and recognizes Dr. Brinton’s twenty-year commitment to improving science and technology education for high school students.

But I was disappointed that no mention was made of her amazing discovery of a new Alzheimer’s drug that has the capacity to literally revolutionize medicine. Her profile is astonishing.

September 21, 2010

Self-Starter Traits

Everyone has self-starter traits in them and by learning from the stories in my book about these amazing self-starters, you can recognize them in you and thus reach your potential, achieve your dream.

But, after you recognize them you have to get going, get moving, take the first steps or the next steps. HOW? By learning, practicing, honing, developing, or imitating the nine traititudes of self-starters.

Which ones do you have? Which ones do you need to acquire?

Ignite the self-starter in you!

September 14, 2010

What Kind of Self-Starter Are YOU?

I bet if I asked, you could name one or two people that you would define as self-starters. I also bet you could call out some traits or attitudes—I call them traititudes—that these folks possess!

Self-starters are the ones to take the first step towards their dream, their vision, their passion. They are the ones who go for it no matter what the costs; the ones who lose themselves in others and create good works or those who risk and jump off the cliff, growing wings as they fall.

What kind of self-starter are you?

September 7, 2010

Secrets of Self-Starters

If I were to ask you to give me one attribute to a self-starter, what would you say? Perhaps words just as someone with get-up-and-go, energetic, passionate. Might those be words that you would say?

This blog is created to share ideas and strategies to help you ignite the self-starter in you. It is also built to share success stories that YOU have experienced. I invite you to share a story of a self-starter here so we can all learn.

PS: My book, Secrets of Self-Starters will be out in three weeks! I am excited to share the stories of these amazing people.