The importance of Understanding Historical Perspective

A conversation with Daniel J. Szewczak


As the late Spanish philosopher, poet, and author put it best, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. The point of research is to understand the past, to learn from it, and to apply it to whatever it is you’re doing. Weather this is to either mimic past successes, or not to repeat failure, researching is key. Without doing it prior to the task you are working on, all your hard work could end up in failure.

Research does not have to be limited to learning from the past however. For a business, research is crucial to keeping your company competitive and at the top of your fields industry. There is a reason that companies around the globe invest heavily into research. That reason is so they can keep their advantage over rival companies by offering the best product that they possibly can.

However, the main reason why research is invaluable is that you do get to learn from the past. For instance, I was involved with a new project at my internship. We were tasked with finding out about what others have done with very similar projects to ours. I went online and did research about these past projects and I was able to come across a report that showed the economic impact of the project. This was a crucial find because it helped us to figure out what the next steps were in our project, and what the possible economic benefits could be in our area after the project is completed. If no research was done, we would have no way of knowing just how important, and how much of an impact the project would have in the community.

Lastly research is crucial to finding the validity of facts, statements, or just about anything you want to know. In today’s climate of “fake news”, it’s becoming even more crucial to make sure that everything is true. By doing research on a topic you can make sure that everything that is being reported on is 100% valid and it saves you from looking like a fool if somebody finds out that you are stating false information.

While research may be viewed to some as a time-consuming process that yields no results, they simply cannot be any further from the truth. If you take the time and deeply research information about your projects, both in business or school, you will be greatly rewarded. Not only will you be exposed to a wealth of new information that can only help you later in life, you will also set yourself up in the best possible position for success.

It is Not Whether We Can or Can Not, It is “How To”

Interview with Dr. Edith Johnson


Life is a journey that provides various experiences, highs & lows, opportunities & challenges, stagnation & change.  Things happen.  However the question is not whether we can or can’t, it is “how to”.

Each of us has our strengths, talents, dreams, potential and challenges.  We have situations, limitations, idiosyncrasies that we would like to overcome.  We need to understand our many facets and the various factors that contribute to who we are.  Understanding ourselves is the starting point for determining the “how to” for our next steps in life, whatever the goal or outcome that is desired.  We may not be able to do whatever the way we have seen it done, but we can figure out a way they we can do it. 

With my background in rehabilitation counseling and being a multi-talent, I facilitate others in developing and experiencing their potential with “disabilities” or with characteristics of a high intellect and creativity.  It is a process of understanding, overcoming, developing, expressing and connecting.  The understanding comes from identifying, recognizing and acknowledging all the facets that contribute to who we are and what our individual norm is.  No one is normal – meaning fitting the cookie cutter average which defines the statistics for what we are to be in whatever context.  The first step is to clarify our uniqueness and our expression of that uniqueness.  Decide what works and what doesn’t work with our desired engagement in life.  What works, continue to develop.   What doesn’t work, figure out the strategy for managing that dynamic so it becomes an asset versus a liability.  Knowing our whys (values, what is important to us) guides and motivates us towards our desired expression or experience (our dream, goal).  To engage fully we need to connect with our self, others like us, others in general (people we interact with day in and day out), and with our big picture.

Living life fully is experiencing all the emotions to their extremes, flowing through the experience, and not getting stuck.  Understanding our self includes knowing our center so that we can return to center for balance and rejuvenation.  Emotional exhaustion requires our attention just like physical exhaustion.  Self-care is the grease that keeps the wheel of life moving more smoothly.  Engaging in life fully means the full ride of the roller coaster with its ups, downs, and plateaus.  The “how to” is with awareness, understanding and choosing in the moments from our center with the guidance of what is important to us in life (our values, our purpose, our dreams, our connections).

The question is not whether we can or can’t, but how to.

Leaders and Stories How do They Fit?

An interview with leadership and training coach Cheyenne Bennett


Cheyenne Bennett is the Leadership & Talent Coach of Compass Point Consulting, LLC. She is a leadership trainer focused on serving family businesses. She helps owners and their leadership teams grow their self-awareness with the purpose of cultivating high-performing teams and driving organizational culture. Her focus on self awareness, communication, healthy conflict, and teams gives organizations the ability to create and live by a value-oriented organizational culture while meetingthe demands of daily business.