Thoughts on Life

In planning your career, you’ll be faced with a key decision... who do you allow to be close enough to influence your career thinking? I call this deciding on your Circle of Influence. This is a profoundly strategic question. When you keep people outside of your circle, it means you’ve made a conscious choice not [...]

Over the last few years, I’ve seen an increase in articles in the media about gender, racial and other kinds of bias in the workplace. In my personal life, I have far more discussions about this topic than in prior years. All of this discussion helps to cast a light on an important topic. I’ve [...]

Character is who you are when nobody is looking and you can get away with anything. Character consists of two things: 1) Your values - what you deem important in your life; 2) Your integrity - the extent to which your choices and actions in life are consistent with your values. If I say I [...]

A friend of mine recently asked me for advice in dealing with a person that she thought was being irrational. “She is being irrational and I can’t seem to get her to see the logic of my point. I’ve tried multiple times.” Here was the dilemma as I saw it. My friend was thinking purely [...]

You possess a power that can determine the quality of your life. This power is called discernment. It is the skill (or lack thereof) to discern which people you want to associate or spend time with. Discernment is choosing which friends to be close to. Discernment is choosing whether or not to work for a [...]

There’s an expression here in the United States that money changes people (for the worse) and that power corrupts people. I disagree. Instead, I think money and power merely amplify a person’s true values and beliefs. When you have money and power, you aren’t beholden to anyone. You can be yourself without fear of the [...]

Any time a decision needs to be made, two roles often emerge. There’s the role of the decider versus the role of the critic. Anybody can be a critic. If a critic criticizes and is wrong, rarely does anybody go back and blame the critic. For the critic, there is no downside to criticizing. A [...]

My life is beautiful. My life has always been beautiful. To be more precise, there have always been parts of my life that have been beautiful — whether or not I was aware of this is another matter entirely. Consider the possibility that... Your life is beautiful. Your life has always been beautiful. In many [...]

I’ve had many mentors throughout my personal and professional life. I’ve had several mentors, but one in particular who taught me how to write persuasively. While he has since passed away, his legacy lives on in his writings. He believed that... Nearly any business problem could be solved with the written word. Need to hire [...]

A year ago, I started taking classes in improvisational comedy. Unlike stand-up comedy, where a comedian memorizes an entire show and performs it for his audience, improv comedians get on stage having no idea what they will say or do. Performers ask for inspiration from the audience, such as: "name a person you know, an [...]

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