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 #149

“You kids don’t know how good you have it!” This is one of the lamest thing 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, in relative terms. This Life Tip could be its own book. … Continue reading Life Tip #149

Life Tip #103

If you are like me, you have lived—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 ways neighborhoods and communities are built up. I would say that while it may be the natural order of things, … Continue reading Life Tip #103

Life Tip #271

The American Idiot: This next Life Tip is for anyone who might find themselves in the position of the “American Idiot.” I own the rare distinction of experiencing my two most embarrassing moments within the same 24-hour period. They both happened in Europe. I guess our most embarrassing moments are more likely to occur when … Continue reading Life Tip #271

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 #118

When I was a young adult I used to look forward to insightful and inspirational columns by a Catholic priest, Father Lou Guntzelman, in the county’s weekly newspaper. In one column “Father Lou” challenged readers by asking what the point is of adding years to our lives if those years are as empty as the … Continue reading Life Tip #118

Life Tip #263

Travel to places and have adventures that are both unique and awe-inspiring. This should include adventures that are a little kooky and off the beaten path. That’s where we really learn about ourselves, by experiencing very different scenarios than we are accustomed to. That’s when we learn how different parts of the world function, how … Continue reading Life Tip #263

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 #26

We often hear the question asked, “Who was the teacher that made the most impact on your life?” When I pondered this question recently, I really had a hard time thinking of anyone. I was not a standout student. I viewed school as a necessary evil, and I probably made no memorable impression on any … Continue reading Life Tip #26

Changing my Tune on Millennials

For a while there I was like many Gen Xers who piled on "those lazy Millennials." But the more I observe them, I find myself changing my opinion of them. First it was the generalization that Millennials are shunning the old notions of big-ticket property ownership. You know, cars and houses. As I murmured "phthth" under … Continue reading Changing my Tune on Millennials

The Few Books that Shape my Life

What do Willy Loman, Ebenezer Scrooge, and Ivan Ilyich have in common? I’m currently working on my own first book project, and the thought occurred to me that a handful of books I’ve read have significantly shaped my life. I feel lucky to have grown up when schools still made you read some of the … Continue reading The Few Books that Shape my Life

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…

Enlightened Perspective

By Andy Rooney I've learned...that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. I've learned...that when you're in love, it shows. I've learned...that just one person saying to me, "You've made my day!" makes my day. I've learned...that having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of … Continue reading Enlightened Perspective

Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die

If you haven't seen it yet, "Steve Jobs' 2005 commencement address at Stanford University" is definitely worth a look. Below are some of his memorable quotes on the subjects of connecting the dots of your life, loving your work, and living your own life. "You can't connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect … Continue reading Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die

The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness)

Enjoy this clever visual depiction of some of our greatest hindrances to achieving greatness by Jessica Hagy. Click here for her thought-provoking article: "The Six Enemies of Greatness"

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

"Ivan Ilyich's life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible." ~ Leo Tolstoy Probably my favorite book of all time is "The Death of Ivan Ilyich" by Leo Tolstoy, published in 1886. I generally love all classic Russian literature, and I have read this one several times as it is a short … Continue reading The Death of Ivan Ilyich

The Fifth Man

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. This quote has been with me since … Continue reading The Fifth Man