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The Freedom of Enough

The “freedom of enough” is the exciting feeling of liberation you experience when you finally realize that you do have enough. This frees up your…

Making a Difference

There is the story about a boy walking along a storm wrecked seashore who is tossing beached starfish, one by one, back into the sea.…

“The Luck Factor”

How do you get lucky? How do you study luck? Scientists start out by surveying people and studying those who consider themselves lucky (“Things generally…

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…

30 Methods of Influence: #18 Be Influenced By Them First

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 18. Be influenced by them first. We have influence with others to the degree they feel they…

“When Ideas Have Sex”

“When ideas have sex” is science writer Matt Ridley’s provocative way of describing innovation in his new book, “The Rational Optimist.” Ridley’s hypothesis is that…

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…

“Your Money or Your Life”

“We moderns meet most of our needs, wants and desires through money. We buy everything from hope to happiness. We no longer live life, we…

Pop-Cap: The Common Tasks

Much of life is mundane, ordinary stuff. Many tasks are necessary and vital but either lack glamour or are performed away from the public eye.…

30 Methods of Influence: #17 Renew Your Commitment to Things You Have in Common

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 17. Renew your commitment to things you have in common. Continually renew your basic commitment to the…

The Unexpected Benefits of Frugality

Being frugal is good for you and for your health? Who would’ve thought it? “The majority of middle class Americans say they are healthier because…

A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste

“’A crisis is a terrible thing to waste,’ Vinod Khosla laments to Larry Page (co-founder of Google). The two Silicon Valley luminaries are chatting one…

“No Room for Failure, No Room for Laziness”

Julian is a 12 year old from Montana, Joy is a 15 year old from Texas. They share an unusual love, a rare desire: they…

Finding the Gift

A friend recently went on a 13-day rafting and camping trip in the Grand Canyon. Unfortunately, she experienced a rather bad sprain, her ankle swelling…

30 Methods of Influence: #16 Go One on One

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 16. Go one on one. An executive might be very involved and dedicated to his or her…

Releasing Your Brakes, Losing Your Baggage

“My kids don’t know my baggage… to tell them might destroy them. Not telling them means they don’t really know me.” Spilling the story of…

Big Rocks

Big rocks is a time management technique of always scheduling the most important things first. Big rocks are the things that absolutely must happen, the…

“My Voice Will Go With You: The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson, M.D.”*

The child who was to become the famous psychiatrist Dr. Milton Erickson was color blind, tone deaf, dyslexic, and contracted polio at the age of…

“Secrets of the Millionaire Mind”

T. Harv Eker theorizes in his book, “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind,” that the rich, the ultra-successful, are not so much smarter than average people.…

30 Methods of Influence: #15 Let Arguments Fly Out Open Windows

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 15. Let arguments fly out open windows. Give no answer to contentious arguments or irresponsible accusations. Let…

The Limits of Policy Manuals

The New York Times Sunday business section has a regular feature called “The Corner Office,” that runs interviews with CEOs of small and mid-sized companies.…

Kill Your Television!

One of the great blessings of my childhood is that we did not have a TV set until I was in the 8th grade. Yes,…