Life Tip #176

The next best thing could turn out to be the best thing. Unfortunately, we can’t always afford the greatest travel destinations that we want to visit, but that shouldn’t stop us from doing the next best thing. Call it Plan B or whatever, but do it anyway. Sometimes the secondary options turn out to be … Continue reading Life Tip #176

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

 “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." ~ Sir Isaac Newton ~~~~~ All of my giants have fallen. In the first half of this year, I’ve lost the most towering figures in my life. First, we lost Grandpa Charlie Stangl, and while only my grandpa-in-law, he … Continue reading Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Anything We Put Our Mind To

My source of unconditional love, my go-to person for getting grounded, my Dad, passed away last night surrounded by family. He got in one final, solid nap before the big party in heaven began. Dad taught me many things during our time together, more by his example than by words. Yet there is one thing … Continue reading Anything We Put Our Mind To

Life Tip #76

Empathy is the best, nay only, way to move about this world full of people. People, right? You can’t live with them…. People can really be annoying. People can really tick us off. People can really be first class jerks. I used to always see the bad in people and get irritated or angry with … Continue reading Life Tip #76

Life Tip #63

Since we are in summer vacation mode, I thought the following Life Tip would be appropriate fun: Even if you are certain that “you got this,” assign a backup person to make sure you really do “got this.” The following idiot move would be nearly impossible to replicate today, what with smartphone technology and all. … Continue reading Life Tip #63

65% of Americans need Life Tip #24…Really!

Knowledge is money. Gain the first, keep the second. According to a poll released earlier this year by Creditcards.com, "over 65 percent of U.S. adults with debt don’t know when or if they’ll ever get out of it." Click the link below to read the story. I think much of our money woes stem from … Continue reading 65% of Americans need Life Tip #24…Really!

Life Tip #48

Always put your family before money. Scenario: Your great-paying job forces you to be on the road 100 percent of the time, but at the same time your middle- to high-school kid is having difficult, even dangerous, times back at home. Then you get an offer for a new job where you can be back … Continue reading Life Tip #48

Earth: “See, this is why we can’t have nice things…”

This article speaks for itself: Dutch fence off tulip fields to stop selfie-takers crushing flowers. Come on people! We can do better than this! It reminds me of a great quote from the Simon Pegg movie Hector and the Search for Happiness: “There’s a big difference between being here, and being here to be photographed … Continue reading Earth: “See, this is why we can’t have nice things…”

Keep an Eye on the Ivory Tower

Perhaps I am stating the obvious, but it looks like we need to keep a closer eye on the ivory tower. Click to read this recent story about an unethical university researcher fabricating data in order to garner research funds. Should we be concerned that this was one of those that got caught, yet there … Continue reading Keep an Eye on the Ivory Tower

Life Tip #26

Avoid the career of least resistance. Go for greatness! Your career will likely consume upwards of ten hours a day, five days a week, for more than 30-40 years of your life, so strive for something you truly love. If you settle for the job or career of least resistance, you’ll never be fully satisfied … Continue reading Life Tip #26

Life Tip #39

The most valuable learning usually occurs beyond the classroom. By taking charge of your own learning, you will discover a world of information that never makes it into the school textbooks, or into the newsroom broadcasts, or even onto mainstream websites. For example, it took my joining the Peace Corps and living in Paraguay, South … Continue reading Life Tip #39

Life Tip #11

While you’re trying to look like them, they’re trying to look like you. A New York Times story from 2006 described how Asian women were endangering their health with illegal creams. A survey in the story showed that four of every ten women in major Asian countries (Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, and … Continue reading Life Tip #11

Life Tip #4

Your life isn’t limited to six steps. Our lives don’t have to go like this: Step 1: Survive youth and high school. Step 2: Get a college degree, and/or… Step 3: Get a job that turns into a passionless career. Step 4: Get married, have kids, then get a house and lots of other stuff. … Continue reading Life Tip #4

Life Tip #151

Don’t be a boiling frog slipping down a slope. I am sure you have heard the “boiling frog” fable. If not, it is a brief fable that can be applied to many areas of our life. The fable tells us that if you try to throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, it … Continue reading Life Tip #151

Life Tip #173

Don’t cry about the hand you were dealt. Play it to the best of your ability. We may have been dealt a bad hand, but we still have a choice as to how we play the hand we were dealt. I was dealt a pretty good hand, in that I could have gone straight from … Continue reading Life Tip #173

Life Tip #166

Perspective! “You kids don’t know how good you have it!” This is one of the lamest things we say, but it is still funny, and true. There really is a lot of truth to the “how bad it was when I was your age” advice, relatively speaking. This Life Tip could be its own book. … Continue reading Life Tip #166

Life Tip #73

Everything is relative. When I was younger, my friends and I went through a phase when we would say about anything and everything, “It’s all relative.” We thought we were being so clever and funny. Yet in reality, there is complete truth in that statement. Everything is relative. Things we think are awesome and wonderful … Continue reading Life Tip #73

 Life Tip #65

  When it sounds too good to be true, it always is. When we were a very young couple, my wife and I were more than a little tempted by various schemes, including selling health supplements and peddling medical billing services. Thankfully, we turned these schemes down before it was too late. If you are … Continue reading  Life Tip #65

Life Tip #111

Get out and experience how the other halves live. Most of us grew up—or currently live—in a community where everybody not only looks pretty much the same, but also falls into the same economic and cultural categories. This is the natural way that neighborhoods and communities are built up, like it or not. I would … Continue reading Life Tip #111

Life Tip #28

Your employer doesn’t want you to pursue your dreams. Thaaaat’s right, your employer doesn’t want you to strike out on your own to chase your dreams, because that means they will lose your skills and experience, and then have to hire and train a whole new employee. Nor do they don’t want word to get … Continue reading Life Tip #28