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  • The Mindset Needed to Dream Big at Every Age

    As kids, we were unafraid to dream big. Minus the social awkwardness of the teenage years, we generally weren’t swayed by other people’s expectations of us or their perceptions of our dreams. For some odd reason, the older we get, the more susceptible we are to being influenced by society’s expectations of us. Somewhere along the way, we seem to subdue our dreams, become more reserved in our ambition, and guarded against judgment from others.

  • Failure is the price of entry for achieving something great

    Failures can knock us down, make us lose confidence in ourselves and can threaten to prevent us from trying again. When I was in pilot training, I failed one of my earliest checkrides (an important “flying test”). I encountered a plethora of maintenance problems when I went to start the jet, which was frustrating. But, once in the air, I flew pretty darn well. However, once on the ground, the instructor informed me I had failed the checkride.

Most Recent Posts

  • Correct the Record

    Correct the Record

    The inimitable Coach John Wooden said, “Worry about your character, not your reputation.” Your character includes the moral, ethical, behavioral and mental qualities that are unique to you. I believe...

    Nicole Malachowski |

  • Practicing Effective Communication

    Practicing Effective Communication

    Developing effective communication skills is vital to succeeding as both a leader and a teammate. One constant across all of my professional experiences, whether during my military service, time at...

    Nicole Malachowski |

  • Positivity

    Positivity

    After reading the article ‘The Best Leaders Have a Contagious Positive Energy’ by Emma Seppala and Kim Cameron, the following quote stood out to me and reminded me of the...

    Nicole Malachowski |

  • The Power of Influence

    The Power of Influence

    “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another; it is the only one.”   – Dr. Albert Einstein Throughout my formative stages, and well into my military and...

    Nicole Malachowski |

  • The Feeling of Belonging

    The Feeling of Belonging

    What does it mean to belong? It’s a single word with huge significance. The feeling of belonging is a fundamental part of human nature, it’s about connectedness and acceptance. As...

    Nicole Malachowski |

  • By Definition, I'm a Proscrastinator

    By Definition, I'm a Proscrastinator

    By definition, I’m a procrastinator. I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember. Yet, I consider myself a successful person, personally and professionally. Every article I’ve ever...

    Nicole Malachowski |

  • The Mindset Needed to Dream Big at Every Age

    The Mindset Needed to Dream Big at Every Age

    As kids, we were unafraid to dream big. Minus the social awkwardness of the teenage years, we generally weren’t swayed by other people’s expectations of us or their perceptions of...

    Nicole Malachowski |

  • Leaping Into Risk

    Leaping Into Risk

    Think, for a second, about all of the times in your life where you’ve taken a risk that paid off. Now, think about the times where you avoided any risk...

    Nicole Malachowski |

  • The Importance of Mentorship

    The Importance of Mentorship

    Hands down, this is arguably my favorite photo taken during my time serving on the Thunderbirds…because of the story behind it. I had just landed from flying in my first...

    Nicole Malachowski |

  • Presidential Appointment to White House Fellows Commision

    Presidential Appointment to White House Fellows Commision

    Today, President Biden appointed 22 members to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. The Commission is composed of outstanding citizens who reflect the diversity and strength of America while...

    Nicole Malachowski |

  • Equanimity: The Most Important Leadership Trait

    Equanimity: The Most Important Leadership Trait

    What do you think is the most important trait of an effective leader? This is a time-honored question asked in the halls of academia, written in the prose of leadership...

    Nicole Malachowski |


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