Fifty-Two

52 Gratitude… It’s not just meant to be shared in a sunday morning sermon, within a social media thread, given in a holiday card, as a blog post, or only spoken when we’re getting everything we want. No, it’s meant to be demonstrated by what you do more than what you say. Its intention and […]

Fifty-One

51 A critical life skill (often underestimated) personally and professionally, is to recognize when you’re being any one of the following types >> and then knocking it the hell off by making the necessary changes to improve:  1) the know-it-all 2) the tool 3) the dick 4) the huff and puffer 5) the crock star 6) the loud talker 7) the avoider 8) the assumer, […]

Fifty

50 Fleeting. Everything is… Temporary and taken for granted. Most things are… This is a universal, and can be upsetting if you dwell on it. So, why do we take things for granted? Especially that, and those who are most important? The simple answer is because we get caught up in ourselves more than we don’t. […]

Forty-Nine

49 In order to win you have to know where you’re weak. Honest self-appraisal is the beginning of genuine progress and success. If you can’t tell yourself the truth, and make legitimate strides to improve where necessary, you’ll never be fully believable to anyone else. Without this authenticity and sincerity, success will elude you. Own […]

Forty-Eight

48 Is healthy skepticism a good thing? Meaning: Are there practical benefits derived from critically thinking about life stuff? By critical, I don’t mean negative. I mean thorough, questioning, and evidence-based inquiry. In the past I questioned if this was a good thing. In the past, I’d drank some of the kool-aid that suggested that […]

Forty-Seven

47 Narcissism vs. nobility? I’ve often struggled with the dichotomy of producing quality “work” – and the need to display that work publicly. I worry about the inherent narcissism that exists when one says ‘hey, look at me and my stuff, ain’t it great?’ It just seems so shallow, and self-serving sometimes. And perhaps it […]

Forty-Six

46 “I’m sort of a spy.” This is how a recently discovered, but now-deceased nanny-turned-street-photographer described herself in a new documentary about her life. I loved this statement for the spirit and the sentiment behind it. It hit home for me. Like a lot of young boys coming-of-age in the heyday of the James Bond boom, I’d […]

Forty-Five

45 Are you truly considerate of others feelings? Or do you just tell yourself you are to protect your own? To really care about another’s feelings, you sometimes have to sacrifice your own. You have to abandon your personal impulses toward selfishness and self-satisfaction in favor of selflessness. Altruism is the opposite of the apathy […]

Forty-Four

44 Drowning in the details? Encumbered by the unimportant? Tormented by tedium? Getting nickeled and dimed to death? Everyone’s been there. These are the times when you get so immersed in the trivial that you lose sight of the bigger picture. These are tricky times. These are dangerous times. The danger is the loss of […]

Forty-Three

43 The pursuit of original ideas is a noble one. I welcome coming up with clever new ways of doing things well. It’s serendipitious to uncover and discover novel ideas that spark imagination and encourage excellence. But sometimes, the tried-and-true is the best idea. There’s a tendency at times to over-complicate and avoid simplicity. In […]