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Scott Westerman's Life Optimized

Scott Westerman's Life Optimized

By Scott Westerman
Scott Westerman examines the common factors that contribute to uncommon success.
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The moment I decided to become an independent self-published author.
I was standing at the bar at Capital Crimes, watching authors float around the publishing reps like bees to honey. One rep kept staring at me and finally approached me. "Everyone else is surrounding me like it's shagging season," she said. "Why aren't you?"
September 20, 2021
One Friend
Pivotal moments can be influenced by one friend. Be that friend whenever you can. You never know when those moments may come to pass.
September 13, 2021
Keep Doing Good Things
Here’s the most important lesson from the worst experience of my life: The only way out of your darkest hour is to keep doing good things.
September 5, 2021
The Truth About Attitude
I preach positive attitude a lot. The truth is “positive” often has  nothing to do with it. Getting what you want is almost always about  tenacity.
August 29, 2021
Build with what you have
Whenever I feel like COVID-19 has changed the world I used to know forever, I remember some of the best advice I ever received: Build with what you have.
August 22, 2021
Lofty Dreams
High performance people trade in the currency of lofty dreams, always reaching for the next level. But, are lofty dreams always the right prescription?
August 15, 2021
The Best Influencer is You
When it comes to products, celebrity influencers can move inventory. When it comes to important issues, the best influencer is you.
August 8, 2021
What we find isn't always what we seek
A short story from my Terry Shepherd collection about a starship captain who may not realize that what he finds is really what he sought.
August 1, 2021
The Clock Is Ticking
An encounter with death teaches me that life truly passes in an instant. We must feel the fear and chase our purpose. The Clock is Ticking.
July 25, 2021
The Pandemic’s Greatest Revelation
In the silence of isolation, sensations emerge from the pre-pandemic noise. They speak with enlightening clarity. What I miss most are the little things.
July 18, 2021
We Get What We Give
We get what we give is the ultimate distillation of the old maxim, "Our rewards in life are in direct proportion to our service."
July 11, 2021
Learning to Love Imperfection
Greatness is in the beholder’s eye. Deep dives always reveals flaws. No hero is unscathed. The challenge is to learn to love imperfection.
July 4, 2021
Accepting It
The last year has taught us many lessons. Perhaps the greatest for me is acceptance. We can’t control what happens to us. But we can control how we respond.
June 14, 2021
Why We May Still Mask
If you see people who continue to mask as masking requirements are lifted, here are some thoughts that may be helpful to remember.
May 24, 2021
The Last Day of Class
When I was a senior in high school, we had a teacher who gave us a lesson in finding happiness that still resonates today.
May 17, 2021
Happy Mothers Day
“Motherhood is.. the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver, Pigs In Heaven Here are some thoughts on why the best moms make the best leaders.
May 10, 2021
Pandemic Lessons
For all the pain, suffering and inconvenience we have endured, the Pandemic has revealed lessons that can move is in a more peaceful direction.
May 3, 2021
The Little Things
Love is most deeply expressed in the little things. The wisest marriage advice I ever got was this: "Never stop doing the things you did to win her in the first place."
April 26, 2021
Our Love Affair With Royalty
We love royalty. We admire faithful service above self; the courage and grace that is a 24/7 requirement. But true royal service is a lifelong burden. Happily ever after only exists in fairy tales.
April 19, 2021
The Choice
Everything is a choice. Here's an example of how choosing your attitude can turn a bad situation around.
April 4, 2021
Accountability Buddies
The toughest roads are a little less bumpy, when you're not traveling alone.
March 28, 2021
Letting Go
Sometimes letting go gets you exactly what you need.
March 14, 2021
Lessons Learned in Twilight
Being isn't about the past or the future, but about making the most of what tools remain to live in the now.
February 21, 2021
What Love Is
After 4 decades of marriage folks ask us how can two people still be so much in love? Here’s our not so secret sauce.
February 14, 2021
Strategies for Staying in Touch
With the world in lockdown, how can we stay in touch with those we care about? Here are some time tested strategies to help you keep connected.
February 7, 2021
Life on the Scenic Route
We always knew we would love our granddaughter "No Matter What". When she came to us with Down syndrome, we never realized how powerful those words could truly be.
April 21, 2019