Have you noticed that we use the word "really" a lot - really a lot? In my conversations with those at critical live junctures, I find myself asking questions like "what do you really want to do?" or "do you really believe that?" or sometimes just an incredulous "really?!?". In the quiet early morning hours, I ask myself the "really" questions of want, desire, truth. It strikes me that "really" has become a code word for the call for serious conversation and deeper, more honest thinking.
Several weeks ago I was asked to make a presentation at the Women's Business Center of North Alabama (WBCNA) for a networking series called Strong Women, Strong Coffee. Amazingly, a room full of women and a few stalwart men got up at the crack of dawn and came out to hear me speak. I was both amazed and humbled. I was asked to share some of my "keys to success." One of the most important lessons I have learned is how to contribute without selling my soul.