Quote of the Day: Promote What You Love


Positivity > Negativity :-)

What’s your favorite quote about positivity? Let me know by commenting below!

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How to Stay Focused at Work


Focusing for several hours at a time can be hard. Growing up, I remember swearing by the ability to focus longer by simply having the television on in the background. Had I known what I know now, I’m pretty I would’ve had a stronger case about why watching The Simpsons was imperative to completing my homework.

I’m a fan of music. I listen to all genres, but I tend to lean toward classical (having been a former bassoonist) and pop (because the beats/lyrics are catchy). While I’d like to believe these two types of music help me stay focused, they are actually much to my detriment.

When you know what to listen for in classical music (e.g. motifs, solos, key changes, etc.), you tend to focus on that instead of the task at hand.

When listening to pop music, one can’t help but sing along to the melody and dance to the beat. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’re lying. EVERYONE dances/sings to pop music. 😉

In my quest for the perfect background noise/music to keep me stimulated, yet focused, I’ve found two incredible services that have helped tremendously. The services are:


First, you can access Focus@Will from anywhere. As long as you have an internet connection, you can simply sign in to your account and begin listen immediately. It doesn’t require any downloads (which should make your I.T. department happy), and you get to select the level of intensity best suited for your environment/mood. If you’re someone who’s all about the quantified self trend, Focus@Will even has an automated focus tracker so you can see which types of music make you the most productive!

Click here to get a 10% discount if you like what you hear.

Hear an artist you really enjoy? Then listen to more of their tracks on…


You’ve probably heard of Spotify, so I’ll spare you a lengthy description of the service. Bottom line: There are hidden gems that Spotify curates for its listeners. When you click on “browse,” you’ll see a variety of categories. Click on “genres & moods,” and you’ll see more categories with one being “focus.”

My personal favorite is “Brain Food.” I’ve included the playlist below.

Do you prefer background music/noise while working or studying? If so, what do you use to help maintain your focus? I’m all about discovering new music, so feel free to share by commenting below.

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I’m in a Book!



Ty Pennington, David Neeleman, Bobby Chinn, and myself are just a few of the contributors to THE ADHD ADVANTAGE by Dr. Dale Archer.

Order it today & read our stories: http://bit.ly/1IjqT9g

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Washington Kastles Charity Classic

This happened last night, and it was amazing.

Last night, I had the pleasure and honor of attending my very first tennis match! The 4th annual Washington Kastles…

Posted by Stephen Anfield on Thursday, July 23, 2015

Keep up the great work DC Public Education Fund, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), and Food & Friends!

The food from Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab was delicious.

Social Media

If You’re in Sales, You Should Be Using This Social Media Platform


If you’ve been following me on any of my social media channels, you probably know how much I dislike LinkedIn. I wrote a blog post awhile ago about what you shouldn’t do on LinkedIn, and despite my best efforts to educate the masses, people continue to do them anyway. I’ve received many connection requests from unknown people, participated in “discussion” groups where self-promoting is the norm, and I’ve even had someone show up to my place of work thinking that was a normal thing to do.

Enough is enough.

According to a recent sales and research survey, Twitter is the #1 site for salespeople. Out of all the reasons I can think of, the one main reason is because…

It’s Informal

Logging into LinkedIn feels like a job interview. It also feels like someone’s going to sell me a used car. Everyone’s credentials are shoved in your face, and that doesn’t make for a pleasurable buying experience. I don’t care how many letters are behind your name or how many sales awards you’ve won, but I do want to feel like you’re looking out for my best interests. On LinkedIn, you won’t get the informal side of me, but on Twitter… most definitely.

If you’ve not yet discovered why Twitter is #1, feel free to use my contact page or leave a question(s) in the comment area below. I’ve been on both sides of business transactions, and I can share a few insights I’ve picked up along the way.

If you’re on Twitter, I hope you’ll follow me. Be sure to say hello! :-)


This Is What Overcoming Adversity Looks Like: America’s Got Talent, Drew Lynch

If you missed America’s Got Talent last night, you probably haven’t heard about one of the most inspirational contestants the show has ever seen. Comedian, Drew Lynch, shares his story about how he turned a tragic sports injury–that now causes him to stutter–into something positive.

If you need a bit of inspiration, just watch the video. :-)


President Obama’s First Tweet

How exciting!

Life Social Media

University of Tennessee Social Media Week

Earlier this month, I was invited to speak at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Co​llege of Communication and Information for UT Social Media Week​. I just received this awesome thank you note in the mail, and I have a HUGE smile on my face. GO VOLS!

UT Social Media Week UTSMW


Here’s a Dude Who Built a Full-Sized Lego Car That Runs on 100% Air

It only took him three years. No big deal, right?


It’s National Volunteer Week!

National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to serve their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together we can meet our challenges.

How will you be observing National Volunteer Week?


National Volunteer Week 2015