As 2009 comes to a close, I think it’s time for all of us to make powerful declarations. It’s time to declare who you ARE and who you are NOT. For myself, I am a great mentor. But that does NOT mean that I hold your hand. I am taking the time, right now, to declare that I am direct – perhaps refreshingly so. I care VERY deeply about your success, but I am NOT here to validate your excuses or roadblocks.