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

Question Everything

How many of us have ever had a "Truman Show" moment? If you've seen the movie The Truman Show, which stars Jim Carrey,  you'll recall the end of the movie, when Truman discovers that all his life has been a façade. It was a very powerful scene, where most of the TV show viewers were … Continue reading Question Everything

Life Tip #127

“Go West, young man” still applies. In many of his books, but most notably in The Americans series, historian Daniel Boorstin chronicles some of the famous and not-so-famous risk-takers who helped to build up our country. In the book The Americans: The National Experience, Boorstin compares the social classes of early America with the social … Continue reading Life Tip #127

Life Tip #142

Instead of focusing on living longer, make the years you live more meaningful. 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 was reflecting on how we are desperately focused on … Continue reading Life Tip #142

Life Tip #130

Your passion is your passion. Ignore what anyone says about it. What is my life’s passion? I have always been fascinated with learning how and why individuals, people, societies, and nations behave the way they do. So, I have spent my life observing why people think and do the things they think and do. This … Continue reading Life Tip #130

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 #202

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 #202

Life Tip #89

You don’t have to participate in the norm. Why is it the “norm” to root for your city’s baseball team in the summer, football team in the fall, basketball team in the winter, and then start all over again with baseball in the spring……for years and decades until we die? Why is it the norm … Continue reading Life Tip #89

Life Tip #87

Go ahead, be misunderstood. I simply must drop one of my all-time favorite inspirational quotes right here and now. It comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of America’s greatest writers and philosophers, in his essay Self-Reliance, which I recommend everyone read…twice. Emerson writes that to be consistent in one’s thoughts and actions, just for consistency’s … Continue reading Life Tip #87

Life Tip #212

The following quote stands as its own Life Tip. It rings true as much today as it did more than 30 years after it first appeared: “Nobody really believes in anything anymore, and everyone spends his life in frenzied work and frenzied play so as not to face the fact, not to look into the … Continue reading Life Tip #212

Life Tip #59

God’s dream is not the same as the American Dream. One of my favorite American pastors, David Platt, really woke me up to a new reality just a few years ago as I listened to one of his sermons on YouTube. He said that God’s dream for us is wholly incompatible with the American Dream. … Continue reading Life Tip #59

Life Tip #247

What motivates us in our career moves? Let’s start with that. Do we allow the base desire for “more money” determine our career path, from a materialistic and worldly mindset? Do we choose our career simply for status, to feel more important? Does a need for approval drive our career choice? Approval from friends, parents, … Continue reading Life Tip #247

Life Tip #15

Leave the cave and come to the light. 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 … Continue reading Life Tip #15

A Reality Thanksgiving

The following piece was first published in the Cincinnati Enquirer way back in November of 2004. I like to keep it close at hand whenever I feel myself losing my appreciation for all that I have. Maybe you will gain a bit more appreciation yourself after reading it. A Reality Thanksgiving In this season of … Continue reading A Reality Thanksgiving

What’s Happening to our Teens?

A recent article by Professor Jean Twenge on the subject of teen mental health highlights the dangerous effects that smartphones and social media are having on our teens, with studies to back it up. And one of my favorite authors and motivational speakers, Simon Sinek, has been speaking for several years now on the dopamine-type effects … Continue reading What’s Happening to our Teens?

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…

Contrived Nation!

By Kurt Borne January 16, 2014 "We are what we pretend to be." ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Doesn’t anyone live for the sake of living anymore? Or do we live our lives through the prism of, “How can I get some momentary ‘fame’ on Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram?” How do you live your life? Is … Continue reading Contrived Nation!