Collecting Happiness: Is That A Thing?

Is it possible to collect happiness? People collect all sorts of things. When I was a kid, my neighbor spent time collecting more beer cans than I’d ever seen. My parents collected things, too: mom had her teacups and dad his funny cartoons. I used to collect bruises (soccer players will understand). Some people collect…

Real and Ugly Beats Perfect yet Phony

When you look at a selfie, you’re not seeing a real person. You’re looking at an image that the photographer staged, cropped, and edited meticulously—reducing red-eye, pounds, wrinkles, and years while increasing bust, bicep, and lip size—all designed to show the best (albeit false) side of himself to others. In our desire to be loved…

Two Words for 2021

A “Random” Action I slowed my car while swerving slightly out of my lane, crossing the double yellow line. At the same time, an oncoming car drove towards me more than a hundred yards away. Neither of us were in any danger of collision. I continued to slow down as I gently glided back into…

Dr. Maya Angelou on Fear

Several years ago, my wife and business partner, Jocelyn, had the honor to interview the late Dr. Maya Angelou, respected poet laureate and author, about how she overcame fear and remained courageous and positive despite uncertainty. Below are highlights of their talk, which I think are as appropriate today as they were then. (Your legacy…

Social Media Beats Typical Managers

Reading about the most popular world leaders of all time, Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Julius Caesar, Martin Luther King Jr., and Abraham Lincoln all made the list. But today, the most popular world leader isn’t even a person: it’s social media. What can we learn from social media to become better leaders? 7 Areas in…

We Are All Piñatas

We are all piñatas, and life is going to come swinging at us at times. When we are hit hard, that which spills out of us is what’s been going into us.

Depression: Raise Your Hand If You Need Help! (Part 2)

It wasn’t hard to raise our hands for help when we in grade school. Most of us didn’t want to be seen as ignorant or clueless, so we had little shame in requesting help when we got stuck or needed a little extra time understanding abstract concepts. But somewhere along the way, it gets harder…

4 Lessons Humans Can Learn from Puppies

Professor Puppy One of the happiest days of my life was when I brought home Bruno, a dog of my very own. I couldn’t wait to teach Bruno so many tricks that he would be the envy of every other dog and dog owner. But it didn’t take long for me to realize that it…

Invest Like a Successful Leader

Talking with several financial successful business owners and leaders over dinner, the discussion started on how to invest in solar and wind energy before straying onto another energy investment: emotional energy. Invest In The Right Things If I’m honest, my earliest pictures of success look a lot like Daddy Warbucks and Ebenezer Scrooge, two guys…

So Sorry About the Emails!

Sometimes growth can come with pain. We are developing a new website to be launched soon, which led to a glitch causing a painful amount of emails to escape from the test environment into our subscribers’ inboxes today! We’re so sorry, and the issue has been resolved! We hope to connect very soon–but with a…

What Color Are Your Glasses?

When someone asks, “How’s it going today?” you can say “It’s Heaven!” or “It’s Hell!” And you know what? You’ll be right.