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The 6 Things I Learned From 6 People in 2019


I don't mind failing or looking foolish or being rejected. I think falling down; not getting it right the first, second or 1,000th time is part of growth and development.

I'd rather risk it all; than regret at the end. I live for the DASH.

The challenge is to remain focused on the one who provides all there is for all of us all of the time.

This is an annual title I publish as a way of capturing the most significant lessons I've learned during the previous year. Review the articles of the six people I learned from in 20152016, 2017, and 2018. 

I remain unapologetic about my thoughts on learning and winning. I do not believe we lose, I believe we simply learn from our experiences.  In the year 2019, I learned a lot about myself and others. 

I present the 6 people I learned 6 things from in 2019

Oprah Winfrey

Besides being a multi-billionaire, Oprah Winfrey is an inspiration to many because she teaches at every turn. For years I watched her interview...

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Better U TV Author Spotlight: Dr. Chantrise Holliman

2020 author spotlight Feb 01, 2020

Dr. Chantrise Holliman, an award-winning educator, published author, and entrepreneur, shares her poignant story of losing both of her legs after suffering a debilitating heart attack.

Dr. Chantrise is transparent about the trials as well as the triumphs. Hers is a story of incredible faith and tremendous support, and perseverance. She is the owner of Disturb the Universe, LLC and the Founder of Disrupt xEL, a business focused on providing quality professional development and motivational workshops to a variety of organizations.

During this author spotlight, Angela, the lead strategist and owner of The Better U Project, primarily focuses on Dr. Chantrise's third published book, "Shoes Without Feet: A Journey of Strength, Hope, Obstacles, Encouragement & Success."


Angela M. Odom

 Do you mind sharing your story?

Dr Chantrise Sims Holliman

My most current story begins with the incident that happened on March 23, 2018, I suffered a...

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Authentic Leadership Interview on the Josieology Podcast

Episode 18 of the Josieology Podcast features a proud military veteran who was fortunate to serve 27 years, 11 months and 11 days in the greatest Army on the planet. 

During this conversation, Retired US Army Colonel Angela M. Odom discusses authentic leadership.

She served honorably in the US Army for 27 years and retired in the rank of colonel in September 2015. She served in various leadership roles which included command and control of integrated, male and female, Army teams and units.

After her military retirement Angela continues to serve. She is a certified personal development coach, published author, and owner of The Better U Project, LLC, a personal leadership training company. She is a leadership developer with extensive high stress, international and graduate level academic experience.

In this episode, Colonel Odom tells us how she became a senior leader in the military. Her overall lesson is that you don't have to abandon who you naturally are in...

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Rebelpreneur Radio Interview - Angela M. Odom

Yesssss! My Interview on Rebelpreneur Radio is live!

Ralph Brogden really did a good job of digging in to how I help my clients. I'm grateful to share the S.O.A.R success system with a broader audience. This was great!

Feels good to know that I am making a difference!

 Click below to listen to the radio interview


Listen to the Interview HERE


Ralph Brogden, MASC is a best-selling author, publisher, and radio host. He is a specialist in strategic communications with a professional and educational background in marketing, psychology and publishing. His work has been featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, USA Today, The Huffington Post and hundreds of nationally-syndicated television, newspaper, and magazine outlets.


As a personal development coach and leadership mentor, Angela specializes in helping emerging women leaders move past undervaluing themselves into achieving the SMART goals they envision and have prayed for.

Angela is the host of the...

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The Better U Project 2019 Recap

2019 Dec 17, 2019

Over the past four years I've being trying to figure out how to serve others as a soloprenuer. I must say, my soul stands on tip toe and my mind is at ease knowing that I've found my footing after retiring from the greatest Army on the planet.

I decided to use my calendar and social media timeline as a way to review the year.

It's good to recap the previous 12 months or quarter or month or week or day so that we can acknowledge how much we have progressed or how much we have remained stagnate.  In a world were we are busy being busy and are distracted more than we are present, we need to carve out time and space to celebrate the wins. 

I began the year with the intention of investing in my mindset, skillset, and network. I focused my attention on progressing in my business and thriving in my social environments. The biggest contribution to a successful year was managing my calendar more effectively. At about mid-year I realized that I was not earning enough revenue...

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Full Body YES 3-Day Training Series

2019 annoucement Nov 15, 2019

The FEAR of missing out, The FEAR of being rejected or abandoned, and The FEAR of being perceived as lazy, unskilled, or unavailable are among the many reasons we say yes to something or someone when we really mean no.

It's way past time to STOP this foolishness and begin to respond to requests on your time, energy, and resources with a FULL BODY YES or a COMPLETE NO.
Join Angela, Founder of The Better U Project, a leadership training company,  on Sunday, November 17, 2019, Monday, November 18, 2019 and Tuesday, November 19, 2019.  We're going live daily at 4:00 pm Pacific/7:00 pm Eastern for a 3-Day Live Stream Training Series.

Click HERE to attend the Live-stream

We strongly recommend you join us LIVE so you can connect with the community and ask me questions during the live-stream.
You will LOVE this training series if you desire to:
- Explore key strategies and gain effective tools to engage and...
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Veterans Day 2019

2019 holiday veterans day Nov 14, 2019

There is a day in the spring when we remember those who served and did not come home; that’s Memorial Day, but today, at this Salute to Veterans Luncheon, we pause to remember all of the men and women who served and did come home.

 I’m grateful to Jil Hinds and AARP-Georgia for this opportunity to speak with you today.


I participated in Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia with the XVIII Airborne Corps, in Operation Iraqi Freedom with Central Command in Qatar, and in Baghdad, Iraq with the 1st Cavalry Division.  I served 27 years in the greatest Army on the planet. My name is Angela M. Odom and I am a proud Army veteran.

Since 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the American people observed November 11, first as Armistice Day at the end of World War 1 and now as Veterans Day. I thank all who are here and all who will gather around this nation over the next few days to continue this great tradition of celebrating men and women in the Army,...

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'Harriet' Movie Review

2019 leadership Nov 05, 2019

Watching a movie that depicts the life of a brave, heroic American is interesting. However, watching this same movie with my favorite teenager is enriching. It gave us an opportunity to have a discussion about a woman who demonstrated resilience and clarity of mission.

‘Harriet’ is a biopic; a film that dramatizes the life of a non-fictional or historically-based person or people. Such films show the life of a historical person and the central character's real name is used.

This movie although not perfect, was perfect as a catalyst for an engaging conversation about Harriet Tubman with my son.  

The movie begins on a Maryland plantation in 1849 where Harriet Tubman played by Cynthia Erivo, a slave in her early twenties and her newlywed husband John are blissfully enjoying one another's company.  

 Cynthia Erivo's tiny frame fills up the screen with her tenacious depiction of Harriet Tubman upholding the idea that God...

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What does style and skills have to do with leadership?



I spent 27 years in the greatest Army on the planet with other visionary leaders who wanted to achieve more within the organizations and teams they led while serving in complex environments.  Most recently over the last four years I've led myself as a small business owner, engaged with clients and interacted with volunteer teammates focused on serving the community while wanting to show up more authentically.  In both environments I observed and experienced the most common issues that challenges people in positions of authority. 

Here are the top issues the leaders I encountered are facing:

  • Leader Burnout: Leaders are working too much, expending too much time, energy and effort for far too little payoff while still not getting everything on their exhaustively long 'to do' done. 
  • Unsatisfactory Executive Team Functioning: Some executive teams are working out better than others, however, the majority of the people...
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Beyond Competence

2019 leadership Aug 08, 2019

In this anthology titled, "Camouflaged Sisters: Leadership Through the Eyes of Senior Military Women Leaders", I'm fortunate to contribute my chapter, "Beyond Competence".  The book is really a leadership toolkit which examines the grit, perseverance, and determination it takes to rise through military ranks as a woman in uniform.

An anthology is a collection of short stories. This leadership anthology provides an opportunity for the potential reader to gain insights on various aspects of leadership as they move from chapter to chapter. Each of the twelve contributing authors served at least 20 years in one of the military branches. I served 27 years in the greatest Army on the planet and was fortunate to retire in the rank of colonel.  

My chapter is titled, 'Beyond Competence'. The reader gets a birds eye view of the profound impact my battalion commander and mentor had on my professional career when I was a brand new lieutenant. While serving at...

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