How to be Successful in Spite of Yourself

At age 9, he was kicked in the head by a horse. He once almost drowned. He suffered from malaria, a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that has the power to kill. He disliked his first name, preferring that people refer to him by his last name. A store he owned with a partner went under, […]

Don’t Ask Me What I Do For a Living

You’re at a social gathering and inevitably the question comes up: “What do you do?” In some parts of the world, this is a rude question to ask because it compels the questioner to pass judgement. They may look down upon you, as in: “Oh, he’s only a clerk. Not very smart.” Or, the questioner […]

It’s Okay to be a Bum

World famous investor Warren Buffet, 85 years of age, was recently quoted as saying the key to a long life is being happy and content with yourself. It certainly isn’t Buffet’s eating habits that keep him alert in old age. He has breakfast every morning at McDonald’s. As I pondered the words of this billionaire, […]

The Ultimate Coping Skill in a World Gone Mad

We humans have a big problem. We expect everything to be perfect – just the way we want it. But life doesn’t offer us that. Instead, it offers us chaos, problems, time constraints, stress and a whole lot of difficult people. It’s easy to be negative these days. I often hear people say that no […]

Make Sure Work Fits in with Your Values

Here’s the truth – many organizations today are operating against the values being adopted by more and more people. And that’s the source of a lot of unhappiness. Despite all the horrific things going on in the world today, something good has happened in recent years, especially among young people who want to make a […]