Category: Life

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Look for the pony

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When bad stuff happens, remember the story of the two boys whom researchers placed in a room full of horse manure. One became depressed and inert. The other began exuberantly working his way through the manure, laughing and shrieking: “There’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!” When bad stuff happens to  »  Read More

Do You Want a Rich Life? 4 Things to Do Every Day

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I’m pretty sure no one has ever gotten up in the morning and said to him or herself, “I’m going to waste this whole day and maybe the entire week, too!” No one does it on purpose, but lots of us do it. And we don’t do it by making the grand decision to waste our precious hours. Instead, we go day by day making  »  Read More

A Cratchit Kind of Christmas

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It’s a typical frantic, modern Christmas season, full of parties and errands and things to buy. Televisions are filled with pictures of mountains of presents under beautifully decorated trees, along with exhortations to buy more things. It was simpler for the Cratchits. You probably remember the Cratchits from  »  Read More

3 Rules for a Good Life

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When John was born, his father wrote a letter to his newborn son headed “Three Rules for A Good Life.” When John’s son was born, he wrote the same kind of letter. Now, that son has graduated from college. John was at my table at a dinner party I attended a couple of months back. He told us that he wanted to write a  »  Read More

Thoughts on Retirement and Purpose

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I’m 70 years old. So when my new neighbor across the street noticed that I was around most of the day and assumed I was retired, that wasn’t any kind of a problem for me. In fact, I had an answer ready. “I’m a writer,” I told him. “Writers don’t retire.” In fact, for most of history, nobody retired  »  Read More

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