What’s Happening to our Teens?

A recent article by Professor Jean Twenge on the subject of teen mental health highlights the dangerous effects that smartphones and social media are having on our teens, with studies to back it up. And one of my favorite authors and motivational speakers, Simon Sinek, has been speaking for several years now on the dopamine-type effects … Continue reading What’s Happening to our Teens?

The Few Books that Shape my Life

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

Life Is Like…

By Kurt Borne February 1, 2014 Life is like coloring a child’s coloring book. You decide how colorful it will be. You decide whether you will strictly stay within the boundaries, worrying about what others will think of your picture. Your picture may also turn out to be an undisciplined, chaotic mess. But you can … Continue reading Life Is Like…

Greg Hartle’s “Ten Dollars and a Laptop” Project

This gentleman's career-life project speaks for itself, so I will not attempt to add to his amazing story. Greg calls it "An Epic Quest to Discover What It Takes to Succeed Starting From Scratch"...and it truly is. Learn all about Greg and his project here: "Ten Dollars and a Laptop"

Freelancing in America: Rise of the Contingent Workforce

By Dr. Woody September 30, 2013 We live in an on-demand world where speed is everything and companies better be prepared to keep up, or get left behind. Modern companies are faced with moment-to-moment fluctuations in reaction to market demands that require quick decision-making and agility to adapt to new trends. But these characteristics are … Continue reading Freelancing in America: Rise of the Contingent Workforce

American Life Planning in a Nutshell

Enlightened Perspective

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

Little Teddy Stoddard

Author Unknown There is a story many years ago of an elementary teacher. Her name was Mrs. Thompson. And as she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved … Continue reading Little Teddy Stoddard

Resolving to Help Others See a Bigger Picture

I'm not typically one for New Year's resolutions, but based on what I've been witnessing in the workplace, in my hometown, and in the media, I think I need to make one very serious resolution, at least in my work. I work in the training and development field, and I often serve as facilitator to newly hired … Continue reading Resolving to Help Others See a Bigger Picture

The Greatest Century that Ever Was

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"

The Vanishing Respect for Skilled Trades

One of cable television's most recognizable characters, Mike Rowe knows a thing or two about jobs, particularly jobs involving skilled trades and manual labor. On his Dirty Jobs program on the Discovery Channel, Rowe learns and then performs hundreds of jobs that require getting down and dirty. If you haven't seen the show, he opens every episode … Continue reading The Vanishing Respect for Skilled Trades

Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die

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

The Happy Secret to Better Work

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

A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give

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!

The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness)

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"

The Surprising Science of Motivation

I just viewed this interesting video on Career Analyst Dan Pink discussing the Science of Motivation. He discusses what he calls a "mismatch between what science knows and what business does" in terms of human motivation. Those 20th Century motivators, says Pink, those rewards that we think are a natural part of business, work less and less … Continue reading The Surprising Science of Motivation

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

"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

A Man Who Was the 20th Century

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

The Fifth Man

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. This quote has been with me since … Continue reading The Fifth Man