Success must include two things: the development of an individual to his utmost potentiality and a contribution of some kind to one’s world.  Eleanor Roosevelt

I owe my deepest, most heart-felt gratitude to many people who supported my efforts to pull these thoughts together.  I hope the resulting series is of use to others, but the act of writing has already been a tremendous blessing in my life. For each of you below, I want you to know the extraordinary gift you are in my life and how very grateful I am for you.

Neal and Donna Mayerson – for inspiration and encouragement to begin the undertaking, and wisdom and support to sustain the journey.  The joy I have experienced in this work would simply not be possible but for you. 

Ryan Niemiec and Breta Cooper – for sharing your sage insights on early drafts with candor and authenticity.

Mayerson Academy colleagues – for giving your all to extraordinary work that changes peoples’ lives for the better and for working to share those stories with others.  

Robert Wilson – for your steadfast digital problem solving and tenacity.

Matthew Dooley, Molly McCafferty and Emily Babel – for your creativity and follow-through in making Fierce Character visible.

Mayerson Academy partners – for the opportunity to learn from and with you as you aim to make a positive contribution to the world.

Elaine Roberts – for your kind and careful copyediting and long-term friendship

Lisa Seabourne – for your writing tutorials.  You are a wizard and I am your biggest fan. 

Ben, Sue, and Sadie Rose – For being a part of everything that is the best of my life … always.