Personal Growth, A Brief History  The popularity of the ‘Personal Growth’ or ‘Self-Help’ genre of literature, and its associated seminars and training programs, is more than a century old. Just a few of the names you may be familiar with include: As a Man Thinketh by James Allen (1902), How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (1936), Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (1937), The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale (1952), See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar (1975), The Sky’s the Limit by Wayne Dyer (1980), The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (1989), Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins (1991) and Good to Great by Jim Collins (2001). These classic books and related trainings, while disparaged by some, have inspired countless success stories and even saved lives. The foundational principles involve becoming more aware of human psychology and thereby developing a better understanding of why we think and behave as we do. Then, time-honored tools and techniques are implemented to make positive changes and gain greater control over the direction of our lives. The genre

Laura FitzGerald
: Woman Trailblazer

Looking out for the little guy, this gal gives oil and gas goliaths a run for their money. She is known as an honest game-changer for landowners who are seeking to secure and sell their mineral rights. Her ability to navigate through all the intricacies of mineral rights transactions helps ensure the seller of getting the best value for their minerals. Meet Laura FitzGerald, a gentle but tough southern gal who founded IIios Resources, an oil and gas exploration company based out of Shreveport, Louisiana. From the Ground Up FitzGerald started as a paralegal for some of the best oil and gas attorneys in Shreveport, Louisiana. During her four years working as a paralegal, she sharpened her knowledge of oil and gas legalities while keeping up with the latest federal and local regulations on drilling minerals. This experience would be foundational to her going full force into the field, forming the entrepreneur and leader she is today. FitzGerald made a career change leaving her paralegal work and becoming an independent landman, or shall we say landwoman, for major oil and

Steve Morello: Your Photo Fellow

Add this to your bucket list — an unforgettable photography adventure. You’ve probably seen his stunning photographs in publications and books from prestigious publishers such as National Geographic, National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, The New York Times, or in the photo collection of World Wildlife Fund. Steve Morello has spent his entire career dedicated to photographing nature and travel destinations all over the world. Morello is also an accomplished author having written The Traveling Nature Photographer, considered by many as an absolute must-have for novice and aspiring photographers. The guide prepares the reader for photographic adventures in the wild and includes tips for taking professional-quality photos. It also features beautiful examples of his work as a source of inspiration. He’s also authored a plethora of articles on travel and nature photography that have been widely published in many magazines. Whether as a guide or photographer, his experiences have taken him throughout most of the world. His subjects have spanned the globe from the Arctic to Antarctica, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Europe. Hiking through forest jungle, pontooning along a river, or

Frank M. Ahearn: Now You See Me…

Have you ever wanted to track down a deadbeat who owes you money? You call, text, email, stop by, but you’re completely ignored, like you’re invisible, or they are. Have you ever been on the other side of the transaction, the pursued, hiding out from someone you’d rather never see or speak with again? If so, have you ever wanted to just disappear into thin air? In your online life, have you ever been threatened, scammed or even blackmailed? Do you know the real identity of the person you met online, perhaps a romantic interest from one of the blogs or dating sites? Are you 100% certain of their true identity and intentions? Is there something out there in cyberworld, perhaps a past indiscretion or soured relationship, that could come back to haunt you, maybe even destroy your career or marriage? Wouldn’t you just love to make it disappear?   Potential enemies are lurking everywhere in our digital world and the uninformed are at great risk. No one knows this better than privacy expert, Frank Ahearn, a magician of sorts


This real-life Indiana Jones not only reveals ancient artifacts but helps young people discover their cultural heritage. Next time you’re asked to name a charismatic archaeologist with the last name of Jones, Dr. Indiana Jones shouldn’t be the only one who comes to mind. Just like the fictional character, the pursuit to preserve history has pit Dr. Alexandra Jones in her fair share of adventures. The only difference — her stories are real. Jones has searched for ancient artifacts at a site that explorers once believed was a city made of gold. She’s researched the cliffside mega-homes of civilizations rumored to be run by lavish female elites. She’s dug deep to find insight into the lives of slaves at a private 17th century mansion with Civil War ties. Dr. Jones’ adventures are larger than life, and her passion for archaeology has helped her reach enormous success. Today, she is an adjunct professor of anthropology at the University of Baltimore and founder of Archaeology in the Community (AITC), a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing students to the wonders of archaeology through


A child’s dream leads to a lifetime of bringing the past to light from deep beneath the sea. It was just another afternoon for Dr. Lee Spence of Sullivan’s Island. The tide was high and the sea gulls gathered putting up a noisy squawk. As the adventurer and his men headed out to sea, the landscape of Charleston, South Carolina disappeared behind them, sinking into the horizon of the blue Atlantic waters. The waves began to surge so pinpointing the location was crucial. One of the South Carolinians on board, a shrimper who was gracious enough to take Spence out that day, looked anxiously back at him. But Spence’s confident demeanor had a way of putting his colleagues at ease. The briny sea spray whisked the men’s faces as the boat glided off one wave and onto the next.  He started adjusting his scuba gear and ran his fingers through his blonde hair as he put on the dive mask and zipped up his thermosphere suit. And so, the adventure begins. “Off Charleston there are hundreds of ‘hangs’ — hangs


One of the themes we hear time and again from our featured guests is their gratitude for the glorious times in which we are living, the boundless opportunities we have on our interconnected globe. In ancient times explorers would courageously set out on the arduous path of discovery, mile-by-mile creating the maps we would one day follow. In sharp contrast, our modern times present no such challenge. Our world has been fully mapped and is accessible at the click of a link. With the entire world at our fingertips, our daily trial is to narrow down such overwhelming prospects and make thoughtful choices regarding our own paths. One recent Sunday morning, with plenty of other options on my plate, I took the healthy path of visiting the gym. Upon my return, about twenty minutes later, my wife asked me to watch the replay of a feature I’d missed on CBS Sunday Morning. It was about London-based, Bellerby & Co Globemakers, one of the world’s last remaining companies devoted to the artisan craft of hand-made globes. As travel advocates, we’ve always discussed owning


You’re well aware by now that we’re energized by people who’ve tangibly implemented their big visions. We all have ideas, dreams, and visions, large and small. It’s the implementation part that trips up the vast majority of would-be entrepreneurs. The implementers are the rare breed with the guts to resiliently mold their vision into an action plan and then do the day-to-day grind to achieve tangible results. Today we introduce a master implementer whose extraordinary growth as both a businessman and a human being exemplifies all we celebrate. Although he’s a fringe Gen Xer, we won’t hold that against him. Please meet Throomer Rock Star, Seth Goldman, co-founder and “TeaEO” Emeritus of Honest Tea. Brewing a New Niche An early pioneer in the national trend toward consuming healthier foods, Goldman is the brains behind the nation’s top-selling, organic bottled tea. With over 100 million bottles produced in a year, Honest Tea’s various labels are carried in more than 140,000 outlets across America and Europe, including such restaurant giants as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Subway, and Chick-fil-A. After graduating from Harvard College in


A harrowing tale in the depths of the Amazon jungle gave this survivor the vision to make the world a better place.  The rainforest was deafeningly loud. All the creatures sang their song or called out under the dense canopy as leaves danced in the humid air streams. There’s so much beauty. Yossi Ghinsberg couldn’t help but admire the wonders of this ecosystem. It almost distracted him from his hunger pains. It’s been weeks and he hasn’t seen any sign of civilization. The woman beside him didn’t seem as weak as he was. The ants didn’t seem to bite her, and her foot wasn’t being devoured by fungi like his was. It wouldn’t be until the end of his last bit of strength that the ants actually saved him. Ant bites can cause the release of hormones and steroids in the human body giving an extra push to survive. He covered himself with them, and that bit of energy saved him. “I actually went and shook a tree and showered myself with them because my feet couldn’t carry me anymore


Showing off naturally curly tresses not only found a hungry market but also turned into a societal trend. The scene is the ‘City of Angels,’ the international capital of glamour. We’ve recently celebrated the turn of the millennium, the dawning of the 21st century. Two young women with roots in Europe, Africa, Asia and America have a dilemma. How do they make their way in so prolific a time and place? How should they express themselves to illustrate both their cultural pride and vibrant confidence? How best can they deliver their unique essences to the world? These were just a few of the questions careening around in the fertile brains of teacher, Wendi Levy, and public relations executive, Kim Etheredge, two young L.A. women making their way in a town obsessed with beauty. By any standard both Levy and Etheredge had all the God-given attributes of beauty, but there was something awry, something gnawing at them as they went through their daily grooming rituals. Don’t misunderstand, they beamed with pride at their respective looks, but they’d still leave the mirror with