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
The next best thing could turn out to be the best thing. Unfortunately, we can’t always afford the greatest travel destinations that we want to visit, but that shouldn’t stop us from doing the next best thing. Call it Plan B or whatever, but do it anyway. Sometimes the secondary options turn out to be … Continue reading Life Tip #176
Empathy is the best, nay only, way to move about this world full of people. People, right? You can’t live with them…. People can really be annoying. People can really tick us off. People can really be first class jerks. I used to always see the bad in people and get irritated or angry with … Continue reading Life Tip #76
Always put your family before money. Scenario: Your great-paying job forces you to be on the road 100 percent of the time, but at the same time your middle- to high-school kid is having difficult, even dangerous, times back at home. Then you get an offer for a new job where you can be back … Continue reading Life Tip #48
Don’t cry about the hand you were dealt. Play it to the best of your ability. We may have been dealt a bad hand, but we still have a choice as to how we play the hand we were dealt. I was dealt a pretty good hand, in that I could have gone straight from … Continue reading Life Tip #173
Perspective! “You kids don’t know how good you have it!” This is one of the lamest things we say, but it is still funny, and true. There really is a lot of truth to the “how bad it was when I was your age” advice, relatively speaking. This Life Tip could be its own book. … Continue reading Life Tip #166
Instead of focusing on living longer, make the years you live more meaningful. When I was a young adult I used to look forward to insightful and inspirational columns by a Catholic priest, Father Lou Guntzelman, in the county’s weekly newspaper. In one column, Father Lou was reflecting on how we are desperately focused on … Continue reading Life Tip #142
Be kind to our homeless brothers and sisters. I realize that there are many homeless people who scam us, some who make us nervous, and even some who seem ungrateful. But the vast majority of homeless people need our kindness, and they need that as much as our money if the truth be told. Look … Continue reading Life Tip #163
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
Give, and volunteer, in secret. Above all, give without expecting anything in return. Give without expecting a thank you. Give without expecting attention. I puke a little bit in my mouth every time I see a so-called “random act of kindness” that just happened to get filmed on someone’s smartphone, which then just happened to … Continue reading Life Tip #164
The following piece was first published in the Cincinnati Enquirer way back in November of 2004. I like to keep it close at hand whenever I feel myself losing my appreciation for all that I have. Maybe you will gain a bit more appreciation yourself after reading it. A Reality Thanksgiving In this season of … Continue reading A Reality Thanksgiving
What do Willy Loman, Ebenezer Scrooge, and Ivan Ilyich have in common? I’m currently working on my own first book project, and the thought occurred to me that a handful of books I’ve read have significantly shaped my life. I feel lucky to have grown up when schools still made you read some of the … Continue reading The Few Books that Shape my Life
By Andy Rooney I've learned...that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. I've learned...that when you're in love, it shows. I've learned...that just one person saying to me, "You've made my day!" makes my day. I've learned...that having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of … Continue reading Enlightened Perspective
This article discusses the amazing century that was the 1900s. "The Greatest Century That Ever Was - 25 Miraculous Trends of the Past 100 Years" by Stephen Moore and Julian L. Simon shows us just how much important progress was made in just 100 years. Click the link to read the full study: "GreatestCenturyThatEverWas"
If you haven't seen it yet, "Steve Jobs' 2005 commencement address at Stanford University" is definitely worth a look. Below are some of his memorable quotes on the subjects of connecting the dots of your life, loving your work, and living your own life. "You can't connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect … Continue reading Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die
Here is an entertaining yet serious look at how positive psychology and happiness can be the answer to more productive employees and organizations: Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work. Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think Inc., researches life's "positive outliers," people who are considered "well above average," to better understand where human potential, success, and … Continue reading The Happy Secret to Better Work
I happened to run across this article recently, entitled "Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give." I liked it so much, and agree with it so strongly, that I thought I'd share it with you this week. It speaks for itself. Enjoy!
Enjoy this clever visual depiction of some of our greatest hindrances to achieving greatness by Jessica Hagy. Click here for her thought-provoking article: "The Six Enemies of Greatness"
"Ivan Ilyich's life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible." ~ Leo Tolstoy Probably my favorite book of all time is "The Death of Ivan Ilyich" by Leo Tolstoy, published in 1886. I generally love all classic Russian literature, and I have read this one several times as it is a short … Continue reading The Death of Ivan Ilyich
During my time as an editor and writer for a local news organization, this was by far my favorite story to write. As the calendar was turning from 1999 to 2000, each writer was tasked with composing a story that represented the outgoing 20th century. Our stories would make up a "Millennium Moments" series. What … Continue reading A Man Who Was the 20th Century