No one ever welfared their way to success! When I was young, I worked one summer for a landscaping company. In his pickup truck on the way to one of our jobs, the owner told us about a phone call he got from a guy responding to his Help Wanted ad. The guy asked the … Continue reading Life Tip #97
Don’t be a greyhound. Here is a "question everything" allegory for you: There once was a million-dollar winning greyhound racing dog. All of a sudden, one day, he decided to quit racing. When asked why the sudden decision to quit, the dog said, “After all that running and running and running, I ﬁnally realized that … Continue reading Life Tip #90
Since we are in summer vacation mode, I thought the following Life Tip would be appropriate fun: Even if you are certain that “you got this,” assign a backup person to make sure you really do “got this.” The following idiot move would be nearly impossible to replicate today, what with smartphone technology and all. … Continue reading Life Tip #63
Knowledge is money. Gain the first, keep the second. According to a poll released earlier this year by Creditcards.com, "over 65 percent of U.S. adults with debt don’t know when or if they’ll ever get out of it." Click the link below to read the story. I think much of our money woes stem from … Continue reading 65% of Americans need Life Tip #24…Really!
This article speaks for itself: Dutch fence off tulip fields to stop selfie-takers crushing flowers. Come on people! We can do better than this! It reminds me of a great quote from the Simon Pegg movie Hector and the Search for Happiness: “There’s a big difference between being here, and being here to be photographed … Continue reading Earth: “See, this is why we can’t have nice things…”
While you’re trying to look like them, they’re trying to look like you. A New York Times story from 2006 described how Asian women were endangering their health with illegal creams. A survey in the story showed that four of every ten women in major Asian countries (Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, and … Continue reading Life Tip #11
Don’t be a boiling frog slipping down a slope. I am sure you have heard the “boiling frog” fable. If not, it is a brief fable that can be applied to many areas of our life. The fable tells us that if you try to throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, it … Continue reading Life Tip #151
When it sounds too good to be true, it always is. When we were a very young couple, my wife and I were more than a little tempted by various schemes, including selling health supplements and peddling medical billing services. Thankfully, we turned these schemes down before it was too late. If you are … Continue reading Life Tip #65
How many of us have ever had a "Truman Show" moment? If you've seen the movie The Truman Show, which stars Jim Carrey, you'll recall the end of the movie, when Truman discovers that all his life has been a façade. It was a very powerful scene, where most of the TV show viewers were … Continue reading Question Everything
The American Idiot: This next Life Tip is for anyone who might find themselves in the position of the “American Idiot.” I own the rare distinction of experiencing my two most embarrassing moments within the same 24-hour period. They both happened in Europe. I guess our most embarrassing moments are more likely to occur when … Continue reading Life Tip #271
Newsflash—it’s not the president’s fault. If you ever need a “kick in the pants” version of motivation on self-sufficiency, check out Gary Vaynerchuck on social media. He is one of the many people whose videos and podcasts I listen to on my pre-dawn walks. He’s a social media marketing guru and just an overall inspiration … Continue reading Life Tip #101
College is not necessarily the answer to a successful life, if it ever was. While it still feels strange to hear this coming from me, I firmly believe that going to college right after high school (if at all) is not the best option for everyone. It wasn’t for me, it wasn’t for my son, … Continue reading Life Tip #114
Write your own script. Don’t let others, or circumstances, or your past set the agenda for your future. Don’t let your mom, or your dad, a friend, or a sibling write it for you. Don’t even let your significant other write it for you (although I strongly suggest that you include your significant other in … Continue reading Life Tip #202
You can’t buy your kid love and happiness. On a morning news program several years ago, on December 26th, there was a news segment entitled “Getting through the Holidays” that had been running for several weeks. On this particular day, the newscaster and a guest were discussing the problem of entertaining your kids during the … Continue reading Life Tip #18
You don’t have to participate in the norm. Why is it the “norm” to root for your city’s baseball team in the summer, football team in the fall, basketball team in the winter, and then start all over again with baseball in the spring……for years and decades until we die? Why is it the norm … Continue reading Life Tip #89
Go ahead, be misunderstood. I simply must drop one of my all-time favorite inspirational quotes right here and now. It comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of America’s greatest writers and philosophers, in his essay Self-Reliance, which I recommend everyone read…twice. Emerson writes that to be consistent in one’s thoughts and actions, just for consistency’s … Continue reading Life Tip #87
Don't be tempted by peanut-butter-and-jelly wealth. Residents of a particular Cincinnati suburb, close to where I once lived, were jokingly referred to as “the Peanut Butter and Jelly Rich.” When I heard that term, I was thinking what you are now, “What in the world...” Peanut Butter and Jelly Rich refers to those people who … Continue reading Life Tip #25
This is not new news, really, but interesting to hear coming from an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Timothy Kremchek, who is also the medical director for the Cincinnati Reds, takes parents to task in this article—It's Child Abuse—about the abuse we subject our kids to in the sports world. He insists that "our fascination with winning, getting free … Continue reading Unwitting Child Abuse?
We "intelligent" adults go on and on about how technology is ruining our kids. But are we sure that we aren't a big part of that problem? Could be... Read about a recent study by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital: Parents Who Are Addicted to Their Cell Phones Affect Their Children's Development.
A Cautionary Tale by Kurt Borne They made fire, because they could. They realized the effects were good. But they never considered how exactly it was that they could. They were just happy that they could. They learned to write and share ideas, because they could. They thought, "Since we can it must be good." But they never stopped … Continue reading Because They Could