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March 31, 2017

You Are Not A Stereotype

I recently had the chance to conduct an intensive training for a company located near me. We met for one hour, 2x/month, for four months. It was awesome. Normally, you’d expect this type of training to take place in some corporate setting, right? Not this […]
February 22, 2017

What You Can Tell By The Way You Blink

Here’s my bold prediction: this post will be one of my most read posts ever. Why? Because people have become enamored with any study that claims to know why they are the way they are, and the title of this blog piqued your curiosity. That […]
January 25, 2017

A Horse Pee’d in Savannah

Over the holiday break, I had a chance to visit Savannah, GA with my family. It was my first time visiting Savannah and it proved to be every bit as charming as I was told. One night, we went on a horse-and-carriage ghost tour through […]
January 18, 2017

Dare to Matter: The Significant Playlist

Music can speak to so many moments in our life. It can pull you out of the low times and fly you even higher during the great times. It can also push you to do better and go farther. I’d be lying if I said […]
January 8, 2017

Change What You Take In

I want to present a concept, a thought, that I hope you’ll consider applying to your life this year. If you want to make 2017 a great year, change the information you take in. I want to challenge you in three specific areas: 1. Turn […]
December 29, 2016

Celebrate What Matters Most

2016 was many things to many people. For some, it was one of the best years of their lives. For others, they’ve never experienced such devastation. I don’t recall a year in recent times that has ignited such waves of emotion. There were moments of […]
December 13, 2016

It’s Not You, It’s Me

Saying “it’s not you, it’s me” may be the easiest way to get out of a crappy relationship. If you’ve been on the receiving end of such a glorious conversation, it’s usually code for “I simply cant stand being with you anymore but I’m too […]
November 30, 2016

Fault vs. Responsibility

Imagine this scenario: you’re consistently a top performer in the job you’ve held for more than 10 years. But the company falls on hard times and decides it needs to lay off one-third of its workforce—including you. You’re shocked, hurt, and are now scrambling to […]
November 16, 2016

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

More than the catchy lyrics to an 80s punk song, this age-old question plagues all of us at some point in our lives. It’s all about feeling stuck: stuck in a job, stuck in a relationship, or stuck in situation you didn’t plan for. I […]
August 17, 2016

Book Announcement

I spent some time talking about our identities recently, and I’m adding a new one to my own: author. During the past few years, people have asked me, “When are you writing your book?” Then recently, while speaking at an HR conference, one of the […]
July 29, 2016

Not Feelings But Identity

Sorry to leave you hanging in my previous post. I mentioned I’d write about what influences our behavior. (Quick reminder: it better not be our feelings.) Think about alignment as it relates to behavior. Many people assume our lives are aligned when our behaviors are […]
July 11, 2016

Limiting Benefits of FREE

One of my most requested speaking presentations is called “Advancing Your Career: Move Up, Move Over, Move Ahead.” The content of this presentation is on the five pillars of progress that one needs to focus on in order to continue advancing in their career, whether […]
June 16, 2016

Saying Yes, Richard Branson Style

What do you think of this? Honestly, that quote is so inspiring… and flat-out terrifying! My cynical side reads this and thinks, “Well, easy for him to say. After all, he’s a billionaire.” But then I’m forced to wonder whether he says things like this […]
June 9, 2016

Bailey… and Your Invitation

A number of people reached out after reading my last post. Though many asked about my Expect to Win program (which I’m opening up, by the way), you want to know what they also asked about? Bailey! “What does the dog look like???” Haha. Unreal. […]
June 5, 2016

1 Strategy to Help Get Back Up

I’m pretty sure this world would be one hell of an awesome place to live… if people were, in reality, who they pretended to be on Facebook. I’m guilty of this a little bit myself. See this picture? I posted this pic on my Facebook […]
 
 

SPEAKER. TRAINER. AUTHOR.

Pete Smith has been called “One of America’s leading personal and professional development coaches.”

He is a sought-after international speaker and trainer in the fields of leadership, management, personal growth and development. His energetic, edgy, and interactive style is complimented by his ability to provide practical takeaways that actually work, while having a little fun in the process.

He is the author of Dare to Matter, which elevated to the #2 Best Seller in the Business Motivation and Self-Improvement category.

He is a former board member of the HR Alliance DC and a director in the Association for Talent Development's DC Chapter. He is the creator of multiple leadership and management development programs, including the Rockstar Manager and the Expect to Win leadership program.

Formerly, Pete was the Operations Executive at one of the largest non-profit, alternative schools in Northern Virginia. During his tenure, he helped increase the total income, employee base and client base by over 102%. Additionally, by focusing his efforts on developing an engaged and productive workforce, he helped increase the average employee tenure by 74%, while saving the organization $420,000 in turnover costs during that time.

Having a stroke at the age of 35, Pete has since used that experience to inspire, educate, and entertain audiences throughout the world on the importance of pursuing significance in their personal and professional lives. As he says, “If you relentlessly pursue success and happiness in your life, you are settling for less than what you were created for.”

Married to an incredible wife, proud dad of two amazing boys, and part-time chew toy for an Irish Setter, Pete resides in Arlington, VA.

Connect with Pete Here:

 

SPEAKER. TRAINER. AUTHOR.

Pete Smith has been called “One of America’s leading personal and professional development coaches.”

He is a sought-after international speaker and trainer in the fields of leadership, management, personal growth and development. His energetic, edgy, and interactive style is complimented by his ability to provide practical takeaways that actually work, while having a little fun in the process.

He is the author of Dare to Matter, which elevated to the #2 Best Seller in the Business Motivation and Self-Improvement category.

He is a former board member of the HR Alliance DC and a director in the Association for Talent Development's DC Chapter. He is the creator of multiple leadership and management development programs, including the Rockstar Manager and the Expect to Win leadership program.

Formerly, Pete was the Operations Executive at one of the largest non-profit, alternative schools in Northern Virginia. During his tenure, he helped increase the total income, employee base and client base by over 102%. Additionally, by focusing his efforts on developing an engaged and productive workforce, he helped increase the average employee tenure by 74%, while saving the organization $420,000 in turnover costs during that time.

Having a stroke at the age of 35, Pete has since used that experience to inspire, educate, and entertain audiences throughout the world on the importance of pursuing significance in their personal and professional lives. As he says, “If you relentlessly pursue success and happiness in your life, you are settling for less than what you were created for.”

Married to an incredible wife, proud dad of two amazing boys, and part-time chew toy for an Irish Setter, Pete resides in Arlington, VA.

Connect with Pete Here: