The last year felt like the part in The Wizard of Oz, as our heroic misfits obediently follow the Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard with all the answers.
You know what happens next — they get to Oz and have trouble getting in. When they finally gain entrance and pull back the curtain, they see that the Wizard is just like them — he doesn’t know what the hey is going on, either.
One of the best parts of the last year, though, has been to observe the resilience of some people forging ahead to make their lives…
It’s simple. Be a good friend.
Are you old enough to remember the rumors that Led Zeppelin’s iconic song Stairway to Heaven included missives from the Devil? Supposedly, if you played the record backward, it would say evil things to your subconscious, like, “He gives you 666”.
Whatever that means. Does explain a few things about the guy who sat behind me in Algebra, though.
Whether or not rock and roll’s bad boys were dancing with the Devil is uncertain, but we do know that the advertising world certainly was. And does.
It’s not news that advertisers have used images…
First, do no harm
“What I worry about is what we might call the end of empathy.”
This quote is not from a prominent psychologist, a leftish elected official, a popular online mindset coach, or even from yours truly, although I echo the sentiment.
It is a keynote closing remark from H.R. McMaster, retired Army Lieutenant General and former National Security Advisor. He was speaking about the current state of American mindset and self-confidence during the Brookings Institution virtual summit on information warfare on Oct 2, 2020 (transcript p. 19)
It caught my attention because empathy is not what I…
Houston has about 7 million people to vaccinate.
While that sounds like a big job — and it certainly is — Harris County does has some hurricane-hardened experience serving large numbers of people.
And not just during floods and fire.
Take schools, for example. The Houston area is home to 10 of the largest public high schools in the country, with my alma mater Alief Hastings clocking in at 3rd largest in Texas, 26th in the USA. Go Bears!
Texans like their football, which means sprawling high school football stadiums with acres of parking. It turns out that this is…
When what you really want doesn’t show up on the comfy couch.
The cloudy summer sky glows silver-gray, like an iridescent shell arching over the desert near Todos Santos, Mexico. The air is warm, humid and expectant, waiting on an approaching hurricane that pushes rain ahead to the parched desert south of us, but not one drop of rain falls on the town.
This time of year, tourism dries up as locals with pesos and gringos with passports skip town for cooler climes. …
Just as Texans were getting our footing in 2021 after a challenging 2020, the authorities gave notice of the coming winter storm.
I ordered groceries on time, made some adjustments so I could continue to work without power for a day or so, filled up water bottles, and then patted myself on the back that I was ready.
As the official news was dribbling out updates, I realized that state leadership either had not known or did not want to admit how bad it was going to get. …
OK this is big so lets dive in. If you are a coach, consultant or building a thought leader personal brand, this is for you.
TIP 1: STOP FOCUSING ON “DEFINING YOUR NICHE”.
You have heard that “the riches are in the niches”. So frustrating, right? Especially because many of the coaches that say that are not very niched!
Anyway, this is what happens:
We get caught up in our niching. We download an Avatar worksheet. Maybe we print it out.
When we are uncertain, we stop sharing how we are different and start posting stuff we think people want…
This is what I call PD roulette — open a random page in a book from the worlds of personal development or spirituality.
I landed in the chapter on failure. It was not what I expected, and it was exactly what I needed, which pretty much sums up Tim Grover’s approach in general.
Like everyone else, I’m adjusting to the world’s wobbling. …
We get by with a little help from our friends.
Imagine if you lived in a world where last year, there was no IRS, no taxes. (whoo hoo the good old days!)
Then all the sudden, you have to pay taxes this year. The IRS sends out all the rules and forms and deadlines. What do you do?
So maybe you freak out for a bit, that is normal when faced with something new and complex.
Do you avoid it because its scary? Do you hide under your desk and check your Instagram ? …
A young girl, standing in the center of the US Capitol rotunda, looking up, slowly turning.
That was me, many years ago. All I remember are the gold stars and the shiny long marble floors. I was more excited about finally seeing the Pandas at the National Zoo, after waiting for two hours in a long line.
As an adult, I’m less star-struck with our national government, regardless of who is in the Oval Office. I do know, though, that the U.S. Capitol building is a special place. It belongs to all of us.
I’m really good at controlling my…
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