What I Learned from Putting Myself Out There

The leadership question we are tackling today is “Should I put myself out there?” This post is for leaders that have an new career or business opportunity, but are not quite sure if they want to try it. Your answer will be different than mine, but I can only reflect on my experience. It has been […]

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Reserved Seating

Maybe the problem is not them…or it…or him…or her. Maybe the problem is you and your desperate fight to keep your front row, reserved seat. Not that there is anything wrong with you. You just want to have your needs met. You need to be recognized, preferred, esteemed, increased, remembered, set above others, noticed and […]

Quitting- 5 Reasons to Quit

“Over? It’s not over!  Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”– Bluto. Animal House, 1978 I am a quitter.  There.  I said it. I was a freshman at a small private college 21 years ago.  This college had three or four “fraternities” and a few “sororities”.  These organizations were not the big organized […]

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 […]

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 […]