A life lesson learned from Frank Sinatra

A life lesson learned from Frank Sinatra
“If you don’t ask, you’ll never get.” This simple phrase came to me recently while watching a Frank Sinatra interview with Larry King. Sounds simple, doesn’t it, ask to get? But it was a lesson I’ve had to learn many times. You see, growing up, I tended to be cautious and didn’t want to impose on others.... Read more »

Change ain't easy, but should it be?

Change ain't easy, but should it be?
Change ain’t typically easy, but I don’t believe it’s meant to be. Because it’s basically asking you how bad you want it. How much are you willing to give in time, tenacity and tears to get what you need? Or, conversely, how hard are you willing to fight to stay exactly where you are? Now,... Read more »

Be someone's way back home

Be someone's way back home
Be someone’s way back home today. We all need help now and then, when we’re deep into the forest and our flashlight batteries die. And, in the dark like that, the sounds we hear, a deep-throated howl, leaves crunching, the quick rustling of bushes, well, those sounds can leave us trembling. In that moment, everyone... Read more »
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You're Going to Change the World Today

You're Going to Change the World Today
You’re going to change the world today. Now, don’t try to deny it. And, you know, I understand that it can be a little overwhelming to have the entire world depending on you. But I know that you can do it. Actually, I knew you could do it when I first met you. When you... Read more »

Calling all job hunters: Become a trapeze artist

Calling all job hunters: Become a trapeze artist
When you’re an “in between” person, like that period of time where you’re looking for a new job, there’s a tendency to want to get it settled right away, to know exactly how you’ll get from here to there without benefits and bi-weekly paychecks. To silence the fear by taking the first thing that comes... Read more »

The day before Labor Day: The first day of the rest of your life

The day before Labor Day: The first day of the rest of your life
It’s Sunday, the day before Labor Day. So, who could possibly be posting something about success today? Well, me. That’s because Sunday’s are often the best time to sit back, take a breath, and ask if the direction you’re headed is the one you intended. If so, cool. Keep going. If not, well you know what... Read more »
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For all those who are "in between" right now

For all those who are "in between" right now
For all those who are “in between” right now. No longer “there.” But not yet “here.” An uncomfortable place, for sure. But one of tremendous possibility. Where every action can oftentimes have more than an opposite and equal reaction. Where, like Luke and Dorothy and Harry, you’ll come face-to-face with your greatest fears, which as... Read more »

Lead like Harry Potter

Lead like Harry Potter
In “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” near the end of the book, Harry is talking with Professor Dumbledore. He’s concerned that he might be too much like Tom Riddle (aka Voldemort). As evidence, he says that the Sorting Hat initially wanted to put him in Slytherin, and only put him in Gryffindor because he... Read more »

Love each other. It's the only way through this mess.

Love each other. It's the only way through this mess.
Love each other. Please. It’s the only way through and out.   Listen to each other. Please. Especially to what isn’t being said. The fear behind the anger. The hurt behind the hatred.   Be compassionate with each other. We’ve all got stuff. We’ve all been misjudged, mistook and misused. And we’ve likely done some of... Read more »
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Happy Dependence Day!

Happy Dependence Day!
On this Fourth of July, two quotes come to mind about our America. One is by Abraham Lincoln. The other sits in my home. The first: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” This quote, by Lincoln, was part of a speech he gave after he accepted the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination as U.S. senator. It... Read more »