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“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.” – Ellen Goodman Between 1980 and 1984 there was a show called That’s Incredible!. Hosted… Read More

“Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. If it’s important to you and you want to do it eventually, just do it and correct the course along the way. We weren’t meant to only accumulate wealth and shoulder responsibilities all of our lives. And our goal is not to build a career that is a large as possible, but rather one… Read More

I’ve written about time management more than once. Maybe it’s the forty-something in me but I’m obsessed with it. There is no commodity more valuable than time. Jim Rohn would say that effective time management is the best-kept secret of the rich (rich meaning successful, not wealthy) and I could not agree more. I also learned many years ago that time management is a kind of misnomer because you can’t actually manage… Read More

There are three ways to create better relationships: 1. You can find great new relationships. 2. You can transform your current relationships. 3. Or you can change who you are.

I’m flying to Hawaii today for some exercise and meditation. I take these trips at least a few times a year; usually for just a few days but sometimes longer. I regularly practice meditation and gratitude during these ‘resets’ too but like yoga, these things are very difficult to master. To calm your mind, to focus and hold one’s attention for more than thirty seconds let alone hours can take years of… Read More

These are ten books that have influenced me more than most any others.  They are the books I read, re-read, and then read again; some more than a dozen times.  They are instruction manuals for health, wealth, relationships and happiness. And I consider them some the best investments I have made in my life… Act Accordingly – Colin Wright  “You have exactly one life to do everything you will ever do.  Act… Read More

Look for the bare necessities The simple bare necessities Forget about your worries and your strife I mean the bare necessities… And don’t spend your time lookin’ around For something you want that can’t be found When you find out you can live without it And go along not thinkin’ about it I’ll tell you something true The bare necessities of life will come to you. -Baloo In hindsight, I probably first… Read More

Happiness is a choice but I think we’re also happy in proportion to the amount of choices we have. Very early in my a career I found graphic designer Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto for Growth, a list of more than 40 pithy suggestions for a successful and happy career as a professional creative.  He cautioned young designers, “Don’t borrow money” as did Frank Gehry before him. “By maintaining financial control, we maintain… Read More

“Letters are just pieces of paper,” I said. “Burn them, and what stays in your heart will stay; keep them, and what vanishes will vanish.” – Haruki Murakami, from Norwegian Wood I must have read more than a dozen books and hundreds more posts and essays on ‘minimalism’ in recent years.  The quote above is not about minimalism of course but Murakami is my favorite writer and with only 23 words, he… Read More

I took the picture (left) of Mayumi a few months ago during a business trip to New York.  And while I’ve been traveling to the city for over twenty-three years, this was my very first trip to the top of the Empire State Building. One part work ethic and one part guilt, I’ve never taken too much advantage of my travel, not in this way.  More often I’d be content ordering room… Read More

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