3 true signs of success, and they're not what you think

So what do we often think of as the true signs of success? Making a huge salary, owning a lavish home, driving a fancy car, occupying the corner office, ascending to the top of your profession? Maybe marrying a movie star/tech mogul/trust fund baby, having 2.5 kids? Winning the lottery and never having to work... Read more »

On being a bad mom

Lately, I’ve been lucky to spend a decent amount of time with my mom friends. Those times that we moms get the chance to hang out with other moms, having that elusive glass of wine along with grown up conversation. So what do these conversations ultimately revolve around? Our war stories, the times we screwed... Read more »

Enough with just the thoughts and prayers

Enough with just the thoughts and prayers. What about some meaningful action? How many more deaths is it going to take? How do these mass shootings end? If better gun legislation and enforcement is not the answer, then what is? If if funding for – and access to – better mental health care resources is... Read more »

Forgive yourself on this Day of Atonement

On this Erev Yom Kippur, the evening before the Day of Atonement in the Jewish faith, it’s time to think about forgiveness and atoning for the mistakes we’ve made in the previous year, as well as considering how we can do better in the coming one. If you’re like me, you have a difficult time... Read more »

I wanted to be a rock star

I wanted to be a rock star. Well, maybe not a rock star, but I wanted to be a famous musician. I was a singer songwriter. For years I obsessed about making the dream happen, and did everything in my power to make it. I sang and wrote songs. I had bands. I went on... Read more »

How to manage a crisis without losing your shit

We’ve all had them. Those unexpected, nasty surprises that come from nowhere on an otherwise pleasant, sunny, late Thursday afternoon. They blow up your world, blindside you, stun you, and immobilize you. Whether we’re talking personal or professional crises, it doesn’t matter. Sometimes they’re temporary, with a thankfully quick fix, but most of the time,... Read more »

Why you should avoid launching a startup at all costs

One of the craziest trends to emerge in the entrepreneurial world in recent years is the popularity of launching a “startup”. There’s so many things wrong with the startup concept, as it’s built on a fantasy. If you’re thinking of launching a startup, don’t do it. Just don’t do it. Here’s what’s wrong with the... Read more »

On Rosh Hashanah eve: Achieving your dreams

As we approach the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, many of us who observe the holiday ruminate on the usual things you think about when a New Year comes and goes. We mull over what we’ve accomplished in the past year (or what we haven’t), and what we’d like to do in... Read more »

I want my kids to fail

I’ve failed a LOT in my life. More than I care to admit. I’ve taken many risks personally and professionally, and failed in my endeavors at LEAST half as much as I’ve succeeded. Sometimes I’ve failed right away; at other times it’s taken awhile before I’ve made the difficult decision to cut my losses in... Read more »

Time to lay off the credit checks, employers

As a society, we’ve gotten a little too used to prying into one another’s lives. Blame it on technology, social media, helicopter parenting, reality TV, what have you, but our culture has shifted noticeably toward the extreme in this regard. And one of the ways in which we’ve gotten most carried away is that of... Read more »