A Win for the Little Guy

Here's a great story where attitude and drive win out in the end. Kudos to this entrepreneurial college student. He will surely go far! Krispy Kreme Orders Student to Stop Reselling Donuts, Then Reconsiders...

Life Tip #29

The time to pursue your dreams is there, you just have to find it. I get it. There are bills to pay and mouths to feed. Yet there are probably fifteen to eighteen hours per week that you waste on TV, social media, playing golf, drinking beer, and other pointless endeavors. What if you took … Continue reading Life Tip #29

Parents’ Misguided Thinking on Sports

I'm linking a pretty good story here about parents' motives behind having their kids play sports. I agree to some extent with the writer's argument, that too many parents push their kids so hard in hopes that they will "make it to the big leagues." However, I would add that another factor contributes just as … Continue reading Parents’ Misguided Thinking on Sports

Life Tip #117

Your master plan isn’t going to kick start itself. Have you ever waited in line for something, like at a concert or sporting event, only to discover that you didn’t need to be waiting in line after all? Or how about this: You are waiting for something to trigger an activity or a process, before … Continue reading Life Tip #117

Life Tip #138

Your life’s purpose may sound insane to most people. One man’s insanity is another man’s dream, after all. But in the end, if you fulfill that dream, that purpose, you just might inspire others to pursue and find their own. Center of the World, Felicity, CA My son and I experienced two examples of this … Continue reading Life Tip #138

Life Tip #98

Don’t be a grasshopper. Be an ant. I would love to credit the person who came up with the original version of this some years ago. I’ve updated and genericized it to make it as apolitical as possible. Enjoy! THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER — CLASSIC VERSION The ant works hard in the withering heat … Continue reading Life Tip #98

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 #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 #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 #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 #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

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 #101

Newsflash—it’s not the president’s fault. If you ever need a “kick in the pants” version of motivation on self-sufficiency, check out Gary Vaynerchuck on social media. He is one of the many people whose videos and podcasts I listen to on my pre-dawn walks. He’s a social media marketing guru and just an overall inspiration … Continue reading Life Tip #101

Life Tip #114

College is not necessarily the answer to a successful life, if it ever was. While it still feels strange to hear this coming from me, I firmly 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, … Continue reading Life Tip #114

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 #184

How many more times will you ask yourself, What if? 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 … Continue reading Life Tip #184