Author Archives: Santo Costa

About Santo Costa

Sandy Costa is an internationally respected speaker and business leader. Check out Sandy’s website at www.SantoCosta.com

The Gift of Trust

There comes a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction …. that he must take himself for better or worse as his portion. Ralph Waldo Emerson, (“Self-Reliance,” 1839-40) My dear friend, My fervent prayer is that … Continue reading

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Are we running short on adult supervision?

I am by nature an optimist. I see that almost all problems are manageable—few are, in truth, more than a bump in the road. Provided we get ourselves together and focus on the characteristics of the problem not on self-aggrandizement … Continue reading

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Phil Mickelson – A Risk-Taker Who Inspires!

As you may know, this past Sunday, July 21st, Phil Mickelson became this year’s “Champion Golfer” by winning the 2013 Open Championship in Scotland.  He was the only golfer who finished the tournament with a sub-par total on the Muirfield … Continue reading

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Why We Love Superman Over and Over Again!

As you probably know, a new Superman movie opened last week. So familiar is the legendary–and, by now, nearly mythical–hero that entitling the movie simply Man of Steel makes its subject matter and main character recognizable for audiences virtually anywhere … Continue reading

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Servant Leadership Produces Legitimate Power—and Thereby Greatness

I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. –Albert Schweitzer, philosopher, physician, musician, Nobel … Continue reading

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Kernels on Healthful Goal-Setting from a Kentucky Colonel

I am proud to tell you that since 1980 I have been a “Kentucky Colonel.” The certificate signed by then-Governor John Y. Brown still hangs in my office. Despite this great honor, though, I have never been to the Kentucky … Continue reading

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Lessons in Management from a Cobbler’s Son

This is the first in a series of blogs I plan to write about leadership qualities I learned from my dad, Joseph Costa–and that he learned from his father. My father’s father, Santi was a cobbler who passed away when my … Continue reading

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How Most Subs Give Anything But a Sub-Par Performance

When you hear “substitute,” what comes to mind? I think about substitute teachers. When I was a kid, a substitute teacher was not really asked to teach—he or she was more of a caretaker, someone called in to babysit a … Continue reading

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Perseverance (Galileo had a Brooklyn accent?)

Sometimes in life we are asked to fill bigger shoes than we ever expected. Case in point, this week I was asked to be a stand in for Galileo for my grandson’s science presentation. I’m a “method actor” (ha!) by … Continue reading

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Bridge Burning in Professional Relationships

I recently escorted my wife to her high school reunion in New York City. That sentimental journey was fun and it reminded me of the lifelong friendships we both made at St. John’s University (Go, Red Storm!!), where we met. … Continue reading

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