Chris: Take the time to acknowledge the silver linings and take comfort in the gratitude you feel for them. When my dad died, I took a lot of time to think about how lucky we were to have spent so much time with him in the months prior, to be grateful for having such a wonderful last day together, and to appreciate that he passed painlessly in his sleep. This kind of gratitude through crisis can help lend perspective.

PK: Recognize that this is a part of life and that you will get through it. Death is one thing that…


Grieve Intangible Losses. You lost more than just the person. You lose future memories together, you lose naïveté that bad things can actually happen to anyone, and all the expectations that go unmet from the plans you’d hoped for. Many times, people are surprised by who shows up for them and who disappears after a loss. This can be incredibly hurtful, and is usually due to a lack of knowing what to say or how to help. Our culture tends to avoid uncomfortable situations, and loss is certainly uncomfortable. …


The life of an entrepreneur is filled with ups and downs. When I was an employee of a large organization, I dreamed of being an entrepreneur. If I was my own boss, I could determine my working hours; I would be in charge! I hadn’t a clue how much effort it would take to build my business from the ground up. Nor did I know how many dream crushers were there to “put me back in my safety zone” of being an employee. Soon I realized they were speaking their fears, not mine. Furthermore, their perspectives did not have to…


The importance of asking better questions ~ You can find answers for just about every question you can possibly ask, but that does not guarantee the validity of the response. We have become lazy as a society in seeking out answers. Most of us simply “Google” or inquire instead of researching and uncovering for ourselves. The flaw is not only in readily accepting other people’s notions, but also not understanding the perspectives and perceptions that developed that response. In addition, it is super helpful to surround yourself with other people who are curious and keen to explore rabbit holes with…


Almost Everybody likes to talk about my job. When I was a software engineer in the communication sector, when I told people what I did they would just nodded politely. Nowadays, when I tell people I manage a startup in the fantasy football industry I know I am going to have a long conversation, filled with a lot of strong opinions. That sense of interest and intrigue lies in the center of everything we do with our Real Manager Game, everybody can manage their own club. …


Stay ahead — A lot of companies may be tempted to make promises and market qualities of their business before they can be quantified. Staying ahead sometimes means going by the book — getting your certifications, testing, and sticking by the science. We want Silver Defender to be the best not only now but in the future. We look to ensure we receive the proper certifications ahead of the curve so the promises we make about our products are backed up by the scientific insights necessary to build trust with businesses and consumers.

Many successful people reinvented themselves in a…


Never use assumptions for decision making. When data is lacking, I had assumed and made disastrous decisions. I should have focused on collecting data and delaying my decisions.

As a part of this interview series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Kassahun Bilcha.

Dr. Kassahun Bilcha is a distinguished dermatologist currently practicing at U.S. Dermatology Partners Dulles in Northern Virginia. He completed his second Residency in Dermatology from Emory University in June 2021. He attended medical school in his native country of Ethiopia where he practiced dermatology for six years prior to moving to the United States.

Thank you…


Relationships and shared vision. When you find people who believe in you and share your vision, something magical happens. It’s like the stars align and the dream becomes crystal clear.

Many successful people reinvented themselves in a later period in their lives. Jeff Bezos worked in Wall Street before he reinvented himself and started Amazon. Sara Blakely sold office supplies before she started Spanx. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was a WWE wrestler before he became a successful actor and filmmaker. Arnold Schwarzenegger went from a bodybuilder, to an actor to a Governor. …


Things are very different when the buck stops with you — being the boss can be lonely. I had a much better understanding of decisions I had criticized in former bosses when I started my first business and I needed to call all the shots.

Many successful people reinvented themselves in a later period in their life. Jeff Bezos worked in Wall Street before he reinvented himself and started Amazon. Sara Blakely sold office supplies before she started Spanx. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was a WWE wrestler before he became a successful actor and filmmaker. Arnold Schwarzenegger went from a…


Your starting job is vital to how quickly you find success. Look at where you want to be and ask someone in that role how they started. Many times, I find that there are shortcuts like working in audit or in one of those financial consulting firms. Many parents help guide their children to the right shortcuts, but I was on my own when it came to that.

Many successful people reinvented themselves in a later period in their life. Jeff Bezos worked in Wall Street before he reinvented himself and started Amazon. Sara Blakely sold office supplies before she…

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TedX Speaker, Influencer, Bestselling Author and former TV host for E! Entertainment Television, Fox Television, NBC, CBS and ABC.

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