I was asked the other day, what are three qualities or three key factors that attribute to success in life. This is coming from a candidate for Attorney General here in Nevada. Pressure was on! I believe there is a recipe for success and every successful person has these three qualities. Quality I: Grit As noted in my recent post, True Grit is one of the most fundamental qualities to success because it is the driving force of life. I define grit as the unwavering ability to keep persevering to reach your goals no matter the obstacles put in your path. It is the feeling inside that pushes you out of bed in the morning, makes you go to the gym, and makes you work late. Grit can’t be taught, it is built into the personality of successful people. I would argue, passion breeds grit simply because if you’re passionate enough about something you will find a way to build that business or become the best version of yourself. Quality II: Goals Goals, goals, and more goals is the secret to staying on the path. I use the acronym S.M.A.R.T.  when I am setting a new goal: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time Frame. Specificity is important when you are creating a goal because vagueness breeds laziness. I know this from experience. The more vague I make a goal, the more…

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Why do people follow others? Why is leadership important in everyday life? What makes a great leader and what makes a terrible leader? Also, why do people follow corrupt or toxic leaders? These questions seem to come up more often than not because of the current political climate. We see groups of people with real hatred toward politicians today, yet some keep getting elected. Social Scientists speculate that the real problem is the “Romance of Leadership” (Jim Meindl, Social Scientist and Psychologist). We put our leaders on a pedestal because we believe they are special in some way. We will willingly tolerate bad behavior because socially we believe that our leaders have our best interest at heart. I don’t believe that for a second. The Best Type of Leader A good leader is constantly learning from his or her followers because they understand they don’t know everything. A good leader encourages constant questioning and understands, often times, things cannot be done by a single person. The best leaders I have talked with all say this, “I surround myself with people that are motivated and have opinions.” The era of being a micromanager in your business is over. I see all the time when business owners run their operations like a dictatorship, it is impossible to hire talented people. Talented people will find better jobs if…

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I know some of you have been curious about all the changes you’ve been seeing on the blog! Well, we have made a decision to completely rebrand. The process was amazing with Salt Design Co. and I cant thank them enough. I’ve been blogging under my maiden name Leanna Ranieri, but we’ve completely rebranded the name to Change With Us and to be honest, I couldn’t be happier. We are all about changing not only the world around us, but ourselves and it seemed like the perfect time to do, once we got married. Why the Rebrand? The rebrand just felt right and by adding Kit, my husband to the blog I believe there is an opportunity for our readers to see our different personalities. Don’t worry we will still have lifestyle posts including some style, DIY, and design – but they will also have a more raw feel to it. Let’s be REAL Ya know why? Because we are over fluffing it up, we are over trying to have this perfect social media presence – ya know the pressure stay relevant because it’s harder in today’s society to feel like you are enough. We are focusing on being authentic and real with readers about life. Life is a hot, stressful mess and this will be a place to connect with people going through the…

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Creating opportunity is a phrase that I believe in whole heartedly. I was having a conversation with a colleague about my last post Mental Fortitude “True Grit” when it suddenly became a debate. We were debating whether or not billionaires got lucky in life or if they built it with grit. In my research talking with folks that aren’t billionaires but have a lot of money, they felt it was a combination of dumb luck and opportunity. So, I got to thinking maybe the successful people are not lucky at all but rather create opportunity. They put themselves in the right places to capitalize on opportunity when it arises. But what does that mean exactly… Five to Ten Year Plans Well in my opinion, it means that the successful people don’t think short term and actually think 5-10 years from now. Short term success is important but you have to be a chess player by anticipating what others will do and planning accordingly. Long term success attributes to working your plan and persevering through the tough times. Usually, long term success is what millionaires are looking for because they can grow their wealth over a longer period of time. Immediate gratification isn’t even in their vocabulary because they have already planned their next move. “The more I practice, the luckier I get” – Gary Player I learned this…

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