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Change BEFORE a Crisis Forces You to Change

I’ve always thought that change was inevitable in life. Yet a significant part of me is a control freak who is very fond of at least the illusion that I have some input into my…

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Fist Bump: Cure for Common Cold?

Tired of wheezing, sneezing and coughing your way through cold season? A fist bump transfers only 5% of the bacteria of a handshake, and a…

At Last! A Cure for Common Cold!

Ok, a tiny bit of hyperbole BUT… I’ve been doing the “Fist Bump” for close to two years and I’ve experienced a DRAMATIC reduction in…

Casting a worthy shadow

I think about leadership constantly. The greatest personal growth I have undergone has come from professional challenges I face growing a real estate company from…

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

I spent about 5 hours Saturday and about the same Sunday driving various Collier Companies properties. I hit 10 on each day. At each apartment…

Six Mistakes Unhappy People Make

#1 Give power away to their Inner Critic: Your inner critic knows your weak spots and vulnerabilities and often attempts to pass its toxic sabotage…

One Secret of Happiness: Cultivating the “Active Constructive Response”

When we receive news or respond to a comment or compliment, we have a choice of 4 styles of response. Imagine a 4-square grid with…

The Helper’s High

  Want to feel better? Live longer? Dodge a bad mood? Lift yourself up? It’s easy. Go help someone else! “Helper’s high” has been well…

Style vs. Substance: Art of the Skillful Skeptic

Can style really trump substance? Can a confident smooth talker gain our trust more easily than a more competent but less-polished speaker? Unfortunately, according to…

5 Things You Cannot Change

1. Everything changes and ends Nothing lasts forever, every beginning is the start of an end. Relationships end, people die. Seasons turn, things change. Get…

3 Rules for Surviving Chronic Complainers

Optimists see a glass half full, pessimists see a glass half empty. Chronic complainers see a glass holding water that is either going to be…

Thoughts for the New Year

What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?  What Do I Want to Learn Most/Next? WHO Do I Want to Be? How Good Do I Have to…

Privacy is an Illusion

A Canadian filmmaker who is blind in one eye announced plans to have a mini-camera installed in his prosthetic eye in order to make documentaries…

How NOT To Live To Be 100

1. Eat healthy? Who has the time? McDonalds is so convenient and the kids love those fries. 2. What’s a few pounds? It’s normal. Life…

Six Sure Fire Ways to Be Happier

1) Count Your Blessings Daily: Adopting an “Attitude of Gratitude” creates the “Habit of Happiness”. Make a list of all the wonderful things you appreciate.…

Nine Powerful Habits of Successful People

1) Raise Your EQ: Emotional Intelligence: How well do you understand and manage your emotions and how good are you at understanding others? Can you…

Training Shamu: Lessons for Humans

Amy Sutherland has written a short, amusing book called “What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage: Lessons for People From Animals and Their…

The Most Important Person I’ve Ever Hired

I have a few folks that I mentor and I get interesting questions on occasion. This time it was “Who is the The Most Important…

EQ: The Beginning of Rapport and a Relationship

IQ primarily deals with math and verbal skills; vital and important, but in today’s increasingly interdependent world, where the fast-growing service sector increasing dominates and…

EQ: The Beginning of Rapport and a Relationship

A smile, a nod, a quick acknowledgement: Effective use of non-verbal communication. Much has been made of EQ (Emotional Intelligence Quotient) of late, as a…

EQ: The Beginning of Rapport and a Relationship

A Classic Post from the NSCBlog Archive Originally posted on September 5, 2007 A smile, a nod, a quick acknowledgement: Effective use of non-verbal communication.…

Marriot: Your customer service is only as good as your vendors

There is a Marriott in Miami Beach where I occasionally eat breakfast because it is close, opens early, and the food is decent. There is…

Want to Add Years to Your Life? Happy Years?

I have the secret. The fountain of youth. Or at least the secret of a longer life, a happier longer life! What is the cost…

35 Questions for a Real Estate Investor, 35 Answers

I recently had someone ask if I would be willing to be a mentor. I responded with a request for more specificity as to what…

PopCap: Big Brother Can Be a Bully

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) Society should not pick on the weak or the less fortunate and most certainly we should not allow them to…