stick with it


It is sensational to look at a classic book like Herman Mellville’s Moby DIck and learn that sometimes stuff is hard, so suck it up buttercup. About two years ago I read Herman Mellville’s Moby Dick for the first time. I had managed to get through high school, college and law school without ever picking it up. But, with my e-reader in hand I collected as many classic books as my cloud storage could hold and started working my way through them. I have said it before, and I will say it again, Moby Dick is one of the worst books I have ever read and I have literally read thousands upon thousands of books. More »


serve the family


It is fantastic to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by celebrating the service your children do for the family. In January of each year attention turns to thoughts of Martin Luther King Jr and  community service. Conversations take place in real life and in cyberspace about the importance of being of service to others. Mothers happily share stories of the wonderful service projects their children create or complete.

This year, we are teaching my children the importance of service by explaining that service should be a way of life. We want our children to realize that service should be something they do everyday and not something they do just for special occasions or because it is a certain time of year.  We have been stressing this idea specifically with our twelve-year-old son. More »

It is important to go from working harder, to working smarter, keep up with the new stuff in your industry


It is thrilling to know you can do something good for your business by keeping up with new practices in your industry. No matter type of work you do, from Fortune 500 entrepreneur to Stay at Home Mom, from freelancer writer to traditional employee, things at your job change on a regular basis. In order to be successful at your job, you cannot stay stuck in the past, but must work to keep up with industry changes. It is important because changes may mean increased productivity, increased profitability and a better work product. More »

show up like a grown up at work


It is wonderful to realize that when it comes to work you need to show up like a grown up! Each day, all across America people get up and go to work. For so of those people it is the lat day of work because they are fired. One reason people are fired is that refuse to show up like a grown up and work at work. It is important to always keep in mind that work is something grown ups do. If you want to continue to work with your employer, you must be above reproach.

When grown ups come to work, they do several things:

  • show up on time
  • behave as if they are a role model for those around them
  • show up with a good attitude
  • put forth their best efforts with all they do
  • show up prepared to work
  • do a good job
  • respect those in authority
  • behave with kindness and integrity
  • lead with authority, not intimation
  • show appreciation for the job you have

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technology and education

It is terrific to know that in the palm of your hand, there is technology that can help you learn almost anything. I know it is a popular saying that “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” At the same time, in order to succeed, you must know things, educate yourself and continually update your knowledge base. Once upon a time people thought of higher education or continuing education as something you had to leave your home to do. Then technology put mini computers aka smart phones in the hand and pocket of almost every person in America. What this means is that instead of you going to the source of education, you can bring the education to you.  This can be done via ebooks, independent online courses, open courseware and online courses at colleges and universities. More »

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