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The story you tell yourself is the definitive text

As we used to say in my Research and Development days – “the impossible just takes a little longer.” The Ancients, Einstein, and now modern science is proving that we see what our brains are … more

Editorial: Acts of heroism, kindness supply hope amid grief

For many years, we watched from our office windows as the students at STEM High School Highlands Ranch left school for the day or headed over to the Starbucks across the street. The school is in the … more

Number two opponent of success: Lack of authenticity

Last week we identified the impact of complacency in our pursuit of success. Today we will visit the power of authenticity in our success journey. And next week we will wrap it all up when we jump … more

For a life well done, have friends who are rare

A good friend was once defined as someone you could call at 2 a. m. and tell, “Bring a shovel, and don’t ask questions.” Plutarch said, “I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and … more

Real life wisdom from fantastic sources

I find that there are two kinds of people in the world… Doesn’t it seem like that’s always a prelude to some smarmy theory some person who has a very high opinion of their own intellect wants … more

Number one killer of success: complacency

Over the next three weeks we will cover three topics of things we do, intentionally or unintentionally, that create barriers to our success or kill the success we have already achieved. We will start … more

Memories keep the past from going past its prime

Major news stories tumble on top of each other like newborn puppies, and there is a new litter every week. How’s that for a simile? Remembering what and when becomes more challenging the older we … more

National Small Business Week celebrates entrepreneurial spirit

It was 1963 when President Kennedy issued the first Small Business Week proclamation, announcing to the nation the critical importance of local small businesses in our communities. Here we are 56 … more

No spoilers — but Avengers movie highlights some learned wisdom

I had an old friend, Jim, whom I taught with for several years, who had two children—one, an older boy from his first marriage, and the second, a girl, many years later. And Jim would often joke … more

Talk about gun rights must acknowledge gun wrongs

“Don’t look down,” the volunteer firemen were told. The ones who were charged with removing bodies at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. Every time I hear about another gun-related … more

‘Livin’ the dream’ can become the real deal

“Livin’ the dream” could be one of the greatest replies to the question, “How are you doing?” The problem, as most of us who use this reply know, is that we really don’t mean it. It is … more

You can’t write about the human condition and be apolitical

April is National Poetry Month. As a poet myself, I believe that poetry can be accessible, can speak with and for many voices, and can – and does – make a difference for the world we live in. … more

Teach yourself to speak the language of success

Have you ever had a desire to learn to speak a foreign language? Some, if not many of you are already bilingual or multilingual, if that is you, you have my deepest respect as you can communicate … more

There’s a lot to be said for running out of coffee

Please don’t squeeze the shaman. As someone once said, “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” Never say never. Where there’s a will, there’s a relative. Life’s a horse race, … more

Recent scenes from around my world

One of my favorite activities is people watching. I love to sit back and observe people when they assume nobody is watching, just to see what kind of people they reveal themselves to be, and maybe, … more

The people factor in a people, process and technology solution

It seems like this statement, “People, Process and Technology,” is the go-to response for many companies and organizations when asked about how they are planning to improve or grow their … more

World lost in selfies is not a pretty picture

A waiter goes back to a table and asks a young couple, “Is your food OK? You haven’t taken a picture of it yet?” When the time comes for this decade to be characterized, it will be a snap. It … more

Talk to the kids and tell them to relax and enjoy life

The news — as usual — has been a source of deep disturbance over the last couple days. This morning, I saw the worst fears of a community — of a family — confirmed when the news reported that … more

Islands of success don’t all have palm trees

For some of us an island of success immediately conjures up the idea of living on a tropical paradise somewhere, removed from our worries and obligations, and living without debt or drama. We imagine … more

Do something by the book and don’t

Don’t. Don’t smoke. Don’t drink. Don’t run with scissors, spit into the wind, or put your jeans in the freezer. Someone who thinks I am officious sent me a book: “Don’t: A Manual of … more
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