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Huff and Puff

While purposely rolling your eyes, squirming in your seat, huffing and puffing in apparent strong disagreement with another person’s comments, positions, or points-of-view, at least have the nuts to speak up when asked to share YOUR views. Otherwise, blow... Read More »
Tom Leu | 13 July 2014 | Psychology | No Comments   

Reality is Perception

Many years ago, one of my mentors used to tell me that "the world is as you are, not as it is…" Read More »
Thomas Leu | 06 April 2014 | Psychology, Recovery | 1 Comment   

Nice Wins!

It’s not complicated. It’s not impossible. But it is an inside job. Being “nice” is a lost art among many. Too many believe this is an outdated, unnecessary, and useless way to live. I disagree. “But you’re not always... Read More »
Tom Leu | 01 April 2014 | Psychology | No Comments   

The Opposite of Knee-Jerk

Stimulus = what happens to us. Response = what we do next. The “freedom” in between as the picture here illustrates also goes by another name called “communication skills.” And there’s a “big ass gap” between those who are... Read More »
Tom Leu | 10 March 2014 | Psychology | No Comments   

the talk shiFt Top 10: Part Two

The talk shiFt Top 10 (Part Two)… Violations & Absurdities >> Part One (1-5) 6. Suspension of Disbelief – This is it’s own post… likely even its own book one day. Many folks believe in fairly tales. The internet is a... Read More »
Tom Leu | 01 March 2014 | Psychology | No Comments   

the talk shiFt Top 10: Part One

The talk shiFt Top 10 (Part One)… Violations and Absurdities >> Part Two (6-10) 1. Offended by “strong language” – It’s not a matter of IF you use strong language or not, it’s a matter of whether strong language... Read More »
Tom Leu | 16 February 2014 | Psychology | No Comments   

Avoid-Dance

“I don’t want to go there; I don’t want to talk about that…” I hear this quite a bit within the different aspects of my work. The frequency of this isn’t surprising, but the high price we pay for... Read More »
Tom Leu | 21 January 2014 | Psychology, Recovery | No Comments   

The Allure of Laugh

The following is an excerpt from my keynote speaking presentation of the same name: Laughter, it’s alluring. It pulls people in. It gets attention… We all love to laugh, but did you know there’s something called “laughter yoga?” I... Read More »
Tom Leu | 07 January 2014 | Psychology | No Comments   

Gate F8

Airports: One curious place where some people feel they’ve been granted a license to be a whiny, complaining, irritable shit head. It’s justifiable in their minds I guess… Because after all, their delayed flight and subsequent inconvenience is somehow... Read More »
Tom Leu | 04 January 2014 | Psychology | No Comments   

Spaced Out

What happened: Waiting in the long line for concessions at the movie theatre, while the guy behind me is literally breathing down my neck, practically on top of me, impatiently huffing and puffing semi-obnoxiously over the slowness of the... Read More »
Tom Leu | 27 December 2013 | Psychology | No Comments   

Wait Staff

Waitress: Thanks for being so nice to me guys. Me: Of course, why wouldn’t we be? My son: Yeah, aren’t most people nice to you? Waitress: No, not at all. Most people are pricks, much of the time. My... Read More »
Tom Leu | 22 December 2013 | Psychology | No Comments   

Dream-Stealers

“We are all either building our own dreams or building somebody else’s.” ~ Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge Distance yourself from dream-stealers… you know who they are. Those people who take energy and inspiration from you rather than give it... Read More »
Thomas Leu | 02 July 2013 | Psychology | 3 Comments   

Tom Leu on The Inside Pitch Radio Show

My feature on The Inside Pitch Radio Show with Marvin Lowe from April 2013. The Inside Pitch is broadcast on WHBU Talk Radio AM 1240 from Anderson, IN. I talk about my speaking business, photography, and philosophies for personal and... Read More »
Tom Leu | 06 April 2013 | "Conversations with Tom", Podcasts | No Comments   

3650

**Note: this was originally written in 2012. All still true, just with many more days added of continuous sobriety. If I can, you can too. No doubt about it… ********** 3650 The number of days of continuous sobriety today,... Read More »
Tom Leu | 17 December 2012 | Recovery | No Comments   

It’s Scary

It’s so simple, it’s scary. Fact: Exemplary communication skills (verbal, nonverbal, emotional, & written) yield personal and professional opportunity and advantage. Scary simple, but not easy… What’s even scarier is the assertion that most people suck at their communication. That’s right,... Read More »
Tom Leu | 23 November 2012 | Psychology | No Comments   
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