4 Things A Gentile Learned At A Bar Mitzvah

The Jewish religion is rich with tradition, history and meaning.  We all get that.  But I learned quite a bit about the Jewish people that I did not know at my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah. Here goes: 1) The Jewish people are exceptionally well educated people.  My nephew stood up in front of his whole congregation […]

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Hair On The Arms Of A Pirate

Author Ridley Pearson found himself touring on the Black Pearl, the boat in the opening scene of The Pirates of the Caribbean at Disney World. The animatronic pirate that commands the boat is named Blackbeard. Blackbeard barks threats during the opening scene of the ride and is only 10 yards away from the visitors as […]

3 Things To Thank A Entrepreneur For This Week

This is the Chamber Small Business Week here in Columbus, GA. The message is simple…Thank you. They own the coffee shop, the dry cleaners, the doctor’s office and the pharmacy.  They also own the guts to do the things that most of us don’t have the guts to do. I have the opportunity to work […]

Shopping Bags

It happened on June 5th, 1989. The students in China rose up against the communist Chinese government. The government brutally repressed the uprising.  The man standing in front of the tank in this picture is familiar to most of us.  He has been called “Tank Man” or “Unknown Rebel”. The photo above is only one […]

Four Things I Learned From Ruben’s List

Reuben: Look, we all go way back and uh, I owe you from the thing with the guy in the place and I’ll never forget it. Danny: That was our pleasure. Rusty: I’d never been to Belize. -Oceans 11, (2001) One of my favorite movies is Oceans 11.  Two convicts put together a team of […]

What is Success?

What is success? Most people would say that success is “happiness”.  But what does “happiness” mean? Money? Lots of Stuff? Fame? Achievement?  Education? Health? Love? Success and happiness are not always the same thing.  You can be very successful and be miserable at the same time. We will be tackling the subject of “What is […]

All Good Things- Carpe Diem

We lost Robin Williams yesterday.  He was brilliant and troubled. You and I did not know the man personally, but he has been part of amazing entertainment for most of our lives. I thought I would always see him in great new movies that make me laugh. It reminds me that all good things come […]

Rough Spots

“A display of golf balls that spanned many years reveled how they were transformed by the addition of one significant element. The first golf balls manufactured had smooth covers. A young, avid golfer experiencing financial difficulties played with a beat up golf ball. His playing partners noticed their smooth covered balls did not fly as […]

Goddard’s List

Back to school. Kids are starting a new year.  New friends.  New classes.  New knowledge. It may make you think about new starts as well.  As you consider your second “new year”, consider the following as inspiration about a very humble starting point that led to great achievement. “One rainy afternoon an inspired 15-year old […]

Rejected

No… We regret to inform you… Let’s just be friends…. Rejection hurts.  I have interviewed for jobs and did not get them.  I have chased business dreams that did not ever take root.  I thought I was going to land deals that I did not get. We build up an expectation of “what will happen […]