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A Day of Thanks, Moments of Perspective

“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” — H.U. Westermayer We often forget what constitutes true hardship.…

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Encourage = In Courage

Encourage comes from the 15th-century Middle English word encoragen, which in turn came from the Anglo-French word encorager, or en- for in and curage for…

Communicating with Integrity

Integrity in communication means honoring your words. Honoring your words means you either 1. Keep your word: keep your commitments, your promises, stick to the…

“Things can always get worse…”

This is a blog on personal leadership and generally its tone is positive, optimistic, and growth oriented. So a title of “Things can always get…

It’s not that I’m not satisfied, it’s just that I always want more!

On the limits of ambition, the harnessing of desire, and the importance of balance. “It’s not that I’m not satisfied, it’s just that I always…

The Einstellung Effect

The Einstellung Effect refers to the human tendency to repeat a known solution, even if it no longer is the optimium solution. It represents the…

Paying for Self Discipline is Expensive

I sat for my CPA exam in the late 1970s. For those of you fortunate enough not to sit for the exam, it is a…

The Obligations of Power

I want to live in a fair society, a just society where hard work, intelligently directed, is rewarded as frequently as possible. Outcomes cannot be…

Communicate with Care: Words Vary, Meanings are Many

“Writing is hard in part because words have many associations that vary among readers. Even when we carefully choose our words to signal certain associations,…

Talent is Overrated

The basic thesis of “Talent is Overrated,” by Geoff Covin (senior editor at large for Fortune magazine), is that hard work, smart work, count for…

Natural Rights Vs. Artificial Rights

The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, enumerates certain inalienable rights: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right of…

“….a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected”

Veterans Day Tribute We live in liberty today because of those who died on our behalf in years past. As Veterans Day aproaches, it is…

Learning to Single-Task

I like to say I multi-task. The truth is a lot closer to saying I have trouble paying attention, staying on task, focusing on the…

Connecting With Your Future Self

Edward Albee won his third Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play “Three Tall Women.” Three actors on stage (four if you count the mannequin…

Feet of Clay

The expression “feet of clay” comes from the Old Testament (see note) and refers to the discovery of an unanticipated or even bewildering flaw in…

The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. “Now five of…