Life Tip #35

Avoid the career of least resistance. Go for greatness! Never stop short of striving 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 … Continue reading Life Tip #35

Life Tip #4

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 career that we are not passionate about Step 4: Get married, have kids, get a house and lots of other stuff Step 5: After … Continue reading Life Tip #4

Life Tip #156

How we live our life is a choice. 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 high school into the family business. If I … Continue reading Life Tip #156

Life Tip #129

In many of his books, but most notably in his “The Americans” series, historian Daniel Boorstin chronicles some of the famous and not-so-famous risk takers that helped to build up our country. I especially love this passage from Boorstin’s The Americans: The National Experience: “The American millions were thinly diffused and rapidly moving. In Europe, … Continue reading Life Tip #129

Life Tip #93

This Life Tip is more or less a shout out to a guy you simply must check out if you ever need a “kick in the pants” version of motivation on self-sufficiency. Gary Vaynerchuck is one of the many people whose YouTube videos and podcasts I listen to on my pre-dawn walks. He’s a social … Continue reading Life Tip #93

Life Tip #80

While it still feels strange for me to say this, I now believe that going to college right after high school (if at all) is not the best option for everyone. It wasn’t for me, it wasn’t for my son, it isn’t for many people. Today’s young people just need to look up from their … Continue reading Life Tip #80

Life Tip #189

Write your own script. Don’t let others, or circumstances, or your past set the agenda for your future. Don’t let your mom, or your dad, a friend, or a sibling write it for you. Don’t even let your significant other write it for you (although I strongly suggest that you include your significant other in … Continue reading Life Tip #189

Life Tip #185

I love learning about histories: histories of people, societies, nations, everything. And I often find myself asking “What if” questions, like “What if the U.S. hadn’t entered the fight against Nazi Germany?” or “What if this or that politician had won an election instead of the other person?” I even think about less common things … Continue reading Life Tip #185

Life Tip #15

Many of us learned about Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” in high school or college. If you didn’t, I strongly suggest you look it up and read it in its entirety, because its lesson is as applicable today as ever. It occurred to me that today’s young people, who are living through the lens of … Continue reading Life Tip #15

Life Tip #3

Beware apathy in all areas of your life. I see it everywhere, and I’ve fallen victim to it myself. We become apathetic in our jobs and careers, in our relationships with friends and family, in our spiritual life, and in our own personal growth and development. It is when we think we've achieved the good … Continue reading Life Tip #3

Unwitting Child Abuse?

This is not new news, really, but interesting to hear coming from an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Timothy Kremchek, who is also the medical director for the Cincinnati Reds, takes parents to task in this article—It's Child Abuse—about the abuse we subject our kids to in the sports world. He insists that "our fascination with winning, getting free … Continue reading Unwitting Child Abuse?

When Parents Are the Ones Addicted to Their Phone

We "intelligent" adults go on and on about how technology is ruining our kids. But are we sure that we aren't a big part of that problem? Could be... Read about a recent study by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital: Parents Who Are Addicted to Their Cell Phones Affect Their Children's Development.  

Now This is the Right Attitude

I'll let this news story speak for itself. I would only add that this kid's got spunk! Our country needs more people with this kind of positive attitude, motivation, and courage to go out there and get what they want! While you may have heard this story, there is some footage of the young man … Continue reading Now This is the Right Attitude

Fulfilling Other People’s Dreams

Posted on September 25, 2017 by Kurt Borne No matter your opinion on the current NFL Players vs. National Anthem debate, I think the far bigger question is, “Why do we spend so many hours helping to fulfill the dreams of others?” Those others being the overpaid players and coaches living their dreams on the … Continue reading Fulfilling Other People’s Dreams

The Skills Employers Wish College Grads Had

By Kathryn Buschman Vasel at Money Tree January 30, 2014 Turns out, the skills and education recent college graduates acquired during their time on campus might not be serving them well when it comes to proving their worth to potential employers. “Soft skills have deteriorated more than hard skills in the view of CEOs and recruiters … Continue reading The Skills Employers Wish College Grads Had

Life Is Like…

By Kurt Borne February 1, 2014 Life is like coloring a child’s coloring book. You decide how colorful it will be. You decide whether you will strictly stay within the boundaries, worrying about what others will think of your picture. Your picture may also turn out to be an undisciplined, chaotic mess. But you can … Continue reading Life Is Like…

Greg Hartle’s “Ten Dollars and a Laptop” Project

This gentleman's career-life project speaks for itself, so I will not attempt to add to his amazing story. Greg calls it "An Epic Quest to Discover What It Takes to Succeed Starting From Scratch"...and it truly is. Learn all about Greg and his project here: "Ten Dollars and a Laptop"

American Life Planning in a Nutshell

The Wit and Wisdom of Homer J. Simpson

Now, I don't think I need to preface this with the caveat that Homer is the perfect example of what NOT to do, and how NOT to live. I just couldn't resist sharing some of his best quotes. These just make me laugh at how not to live. (I guess I would suggest that whatever … Continue reading The Wit and Wisdom of Homer J. Simpson

The Ant and the Grasshopper

~ CLASSIC VERSION ~ The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or … Continue reading The Ant and the Grasshopper