Stories Told. Lives Changed.
If you want to get stuff done, if you want to reach your goals and live a richer, more interesting life you must be willing to “burn your boats”. Now, before you take a Zippo to your ark let me explain. The “burn your boats” philosophy dates back to the 5th BC when Sun Tzu’s […]
The other night, at a little holiday shindig, I got into a discussion about writing with a Kindly Stranger. When K.S. learned that I write, K.S. engaged me in a spirited exchange about our favorite authors, favorite books and why writing can be as therapeutic as island sand between your toes and an umbrellaed drink in […]
On a recent cold, wind-snapped morning, I asked class of college-bound high school seniors a simple question. What brings you happiness? (I know, a simple yet dicey question to ask a bunch of curiously bored 17 year olds). Their answers were both surprisingly PG and unsurprisingly boring: Sleep, Saturday, my bed, Netflix, my dog (because all he does is sleep). I […]
Last Thursday night, after I finished the final edits for “The Day I Learned I Couldn’t Jump (or Learning to Fly)” I couldn’t sleep. While writing that story, I felt like a guest at a reunion of sorts. Bill and Denise and the two chatty Cathys on the treadmill were in attendance. Although brief, it […]
The other night I watched the documentary, I’m Not Your Guru, which chronicles the life and work of self-improvement coach Tony Robbins. The film, which is currently available on Netflix, captures the gripping, raw moments of Tony’s Superbowl of sorts, a week long self-awareness conference known as Date with Destiny. In what I consider one of […]
Failure is perceived as an ugly word. One that, Apollo 13 Flight Director Gene Kranz famously stated, “is not an option.” Though I love the brash, chest-rounding spirit of, “failure is not an option”in Kranz’s case, failure wasn’t an option. If he failed, three astronauts would have died. But most of us are not NASA […]
Last week, while visiting family in suburban Tennessee, I read 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin. Morin’s book, one I would highly recommend, offers practical advice on how to effectively overcome setbacks and to thrive on adversity. On the last day of our trip, my son Chase developed swimmer’s ear. With […]