Category: Inspiration

Frankenberry, foursquare and cussin’

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement address, June 12,… Read more →

Not everyone peaks in their 20s

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day… Read more →

Ford’s reputation

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do. Henry Ford In my repetitive thought process regarding what to do when I grow up I also ask myself, “Am I the only person with these thoughts?” If I am, establishing myself as an authority to make you feel better isn’t going to work. If there are others… Read more →

Richest man in the cemetery

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful — that’s what matters to me. Steve Jobs, CNNMoney/Fortune, 1993 I haven’t thought about money in a while. I was fortunate to become debt-free a few years back and since then I don’t think about being rich. I… Read more →

How to be a writer

If you want to be a writer you have to read. Alan Natali, 1995 Alan was a professor of mine but, more importantly, he stepped up and found a way for me to have a graduate assistantship when I finished college and had no idea what to do with my life. I lost two years of retirement saving but I… Read more →

Childhood wounds

At some point people either had to throw off the wounds of their childhood or go through life permanently crippled. Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Fancy Pants I have Sirius XM radio and Book Radio is one of the stations. Every morning I drove to the bus stop I would listen to the book Fancy Pants and every evening on my drive home… Read more →

Making you better

My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better. Steve Jobs, CNNMoney/Fortune, 2008 I read a blog post recently that said to use social media to establish yourself as an authority. This guy has two blogs (and writes for at least one other) where he is considered an authority. I am constantly thinking… Read more →

Green grass

I have 981 friends on Facebook. With the exception of a dozen or so (Justin Timberlake, Ali Vincent, Kristen Steede, etc.), I have kept my friends “real,” meaning, a person I went to school with or a person I met and interacted with at some point in my life. Admittedly, I block about 900 of them from my news feed,… Read more →

Rise up

I read Les McKeown’s article, 5 Ways to Beat Mediocrity. We all need to break the monotony, set BHAG’s, achieve success, celebrate our success and then teach, coach and mentor those who are wanting to rise to the top.   Make today a better day. Read more →

As a matter of fact, you matter

Everyone wants to know how to be remarkable. Everyone also wants to know how to be successful. I recently read a blog that shared 9 beliefs of remarkably successful people. No. 9: The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland. I hope this nugget of information will let you know how much I want you to be remarkably successful. Read more →