Life Tip #130

Your passion is your passion. Ignore what anyone says about it. What is my life’s passion? I have always been fascinated with learning how and why individuals, people, societies, and nations behave the way they do. So, I have spent my life observing why people think and do the things they think and do. This … Continue reading Life Tip #130

Life Tip #101

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

Life Tip #114

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

Life Tip #202

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

Life Tip #184

How many more times will you ask yourself, What if? I love learning about histories: histories of people, societies, nations, everything. And I often find myself asking “What if” questions, like “What if the U.S. hadn’t entered the fight against Nazi Germany?” or “What if this or that politician had won an election instead of … Continue reading Life Tip #184

Life Tip #163

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

Life Tip #89

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

Life Tip #87

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

Life Tip #212

The following quote stands as its own Life Tip. It rings true as much today as it did more than 30 years after it first appeared: “Nobody really believes in anything anymore, and everyone spends his life in frenzied work and frenzied play so as not to face the fact, not to look into the … Continue reading Life Tip #212

Life Tip #45

It’s okay to walk away, just be sure to come back. One of the reasons that I think my marriage has lasted 25+ years is that when we get in an argument, we know that it’s okay to walk away mad. The trick is to make sure we come back, and the sooner the better. … Continue reading Life Tip #45

Life Tip #247

What motivates us in our career moves? Let’s start with that. Do we allow the base desire for “more money” determine our career path, from a materialistic and worldly mindset? Do we choose our career simply for status, to feel more important? Does a need for approval drive our career choice? Approval from friends, parents, … Continue reading Life Tip #247

Life Tip #15

Leave the cave and come to the light. Many of us learned about Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” in high school or college. If you didn’t, I strongly suggest you look it up and read it in its entirety, because its lesson is as applicable today as ever. It occurred to me that today’s young … Continue reading Life Tip #15

A Magician’s Blindness

What do you think of this quote? I'm interested to hear your feedback. “A magician who believes in his own magic cannot thrive when handicapped with a superstition like that.” ~ Mark Twain

Life Tip #3

Avoid the path of least resistance. Beware apathy in all areas of your life. I see it everywhere, and I’ve fallen victim to it myself. We become apathetic in our jobs and careers, in our relationships with friends and family, in our spiritual life, and in our own personal growth and development. It is when we … Continue reading Life Tip #3

Unwitting Child Abuse?

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?

When Parents Are the Ones Addicted to Their Phone

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.  

Now This is the Right Attitude

I'll let this news story speak for itself. I would only add that this kid's got spunk! Our country needs more people with this kind of positive attitude, motivation, and courage to go out there and get what they want! While you may have heard this story, there is some footage of the young man … Continue reading Now This is the Right Attitude

Changing my Tune on Millennials

For a while there I was like many Gen Xers who piled on "those lazy Millennials." But the more I observe them, I find myself changing my opinion of them. First it was the generalization that Millennials are shunning the old notions of big-ticket property ownership. You know, cars and houses. As I murmured "phthth" under … Continue reading Changing my Tune on Millennials

A Reality Thanksgiving

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’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?