Something about the Fast and Furious movies has captivated me from the beginning. My guess is it’s the sweet cars and the fast driving that draws me in.

But there’s more to the Fast and Furious movies than the cars and the driving. There’s a deeper story woven throughout.

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And I realized that as I sat watching Furious 7 with my wife on Saturday. The story goes so much deeper.

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They say an open road clears the mind

In the opening scene, Dom and Letti are driving fast on a clear and open road. Dom turns to Letti and utters this line to her.

We in leadership have so much on our minds and so much in front of us, we don’t take the time to get somewhere open and free. We don’t let our minds see the wide expanse before us.

Many writers write because they want to be successful. They want to get published, win awards, have their talent and genius recognized and celebrated. They may envision snapshots of awards ceremonies, book-signings and interviews.

Learn writing tips from these famous authors

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So, these guys with ambitions know that the reality of success isn’t so perfect and the path to it is neither easy nor sudden. A common theme among many writers giving advice to budding authors is to forget about fame and focus on the work. Self-fulfillment is ultimately more valuable than accolades and awards. And their tips can be easily applied to any area of life when it comes to being successful.

Have a look at the advice of 9 famous authors:

In previous posts I’ve shared various leadership lessons from movies. Whether it was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay or Guardians Of The Galaxy, I love pulling out leadership tidbits and sharing it with you.

One thing I’d neglected to share with you was about one of the Cinema Carousel’s employees.

Be yourself, it'll change lives

His name was Mike Zimmerman or as people loving referred to him as, Kazoo Mike.

There was something special about Mike. He always brought a welcoming smile and a joyful attitude to the movie theater.

He’d sit in his chair, take your ticket, and then pull a kazoo out of his wallet and begin playing a tune.

His presence was enchanting. Something I’d rarely seen.

Just the site of Kazoo Mike and my day was brightened.

On April 1st, April Fool’s Day, of all days, I found out my movie going experiences were changed forever. On that day, Mike passed away.

Is it me or does this year feel to be flying by for you as well? We’ve now said so-long to the first quarter of the year and we’ve got another 75% of the year left.

Have you started off the year well? I hope so, but if you haven’t, there’s still hope. You can get back in the game.

Take time to review and see what steps you need to take to continue leading well.

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This is why I do the monthly review. It allows me to see month-by-month what’s happened on the blog and whether or not I need to shift what I’m doing.

With that, let’s dig into the top posts and commneters of March 2015.

Top Posts

1. 16 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Big Hero 6

2. 20 Encouraging Bible Verses For Young Leaders

The world is a pretty messed up place. We hear story after story of negative news.

Violence. Crime. Death. These fill the news headlines.

It’s easy to begin to wonder if there’s any happiness left in the world.

And I can say that YES, there is happiness left in the world. One way to obtain this happiness is to acquire the attitude of gratitude.

Learn to be grateful

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The attitude of gratitude is a life changing principle we can all grasp onto. This principle is simple to implement yet hard to master.

Today, I want to help encourage you to become mindful of what you’re grateful for with these 10 ways to acquire gratitude.

1. Think on the past: At first, you’ll think this is crazy talk. The past is bad and filled with pain. I agree, there’s quite a bit of pain in the past. I know first hand from having to put my dog down.