As 2018 comes to an end, I notice the uptick of the post-Christmas commercials, which focus on the activities that are normally associated with New Year resolutions. Whatever it may be, to exercise more, to improve diets, quit smoking, etc…, resolutions are usually doomed for failure. People want to improve, but often fail because of…… Continue reading Make the Year One of Continuous Improvement
I see the finished product or result of a world class artist, musician, or athlete, and I try to understand how they became so talented. We see the grace and beauty of the movements, combined with the power and strength. We can see the vision of creation, moving pieces of art or music that soothe…… Continue reading Always Learn From Your Failures
A few years back, I saw a news story about the power of music. Many people, who are in the midst of dementia and senility, were typically unresponsive to normal stimulation. People would try to communicate with them, asking how they were doing, or what they needed, but didn’t’ receive coherent responses. Communication with people…… Continue reading A Piece of Butterscotch
One great method for gauging success is whether or not an individual has set and achieved goals. Goals can be personal, professional, or some combination of each. In an interview, prospective employers will want to see your accomplishments. What did you achieve in past positions? What is common for those who are successful is that…… Continue reading Reach Your Goals and Plan Accordingly
There are times when I’m driving around that I notice an old house somewhere and wonder what kind of stories it could tell me. I see many around our area that are dilapidated and actually disintegrating, and think of the time when it was new. Who lived there? How many families grew up there? What…… Continue reading A House of Miracles
One of the lasting lessons I received from my parents is the importance of being true to yourself, to look at yourself in the mirror and be satisfied with the reflection. The importance of being a good person, to be helpful, is the basis of my actions and thoughts. Perfection is always elusive, but the…… Continue reading What Do You See in the Mirror?
With most things, tearing down and destroying is much easier than building and creating. An engineer or architect may spend months designing and drawing up plane, workers may spend more time building and constructing. Building something worthwhile takes time and effort. Any fool can come in with a wrecking ball and tear it down in…… Continue reading The Wisdom of Building, The Foolishness of Destroying
In my past job, I saw many instances where a single individual had a problem with their computer or printer. The priorities of the organization were focused more on mass issues, or problems that impacted whole areas or the ability of our students to work in a specific computer lab. As a manager of the…… Continue reading Smile, and Lend a Hand
Apollo, Where Art Thou I always surge with pride when reflecting on the history of our space program. I grew up in south Florida, close enough to the Kennedy Space Center to be within the shadow of NASA, but not close enough to see quality rocket launches. As a child, I fondly remember seeing many…… Continue reading Apollo, Where Art Thou?
Stress is everywhere. When at work, the pressures to get things on time and under budget are always present. Even on a day off, driving into town can be perilous and stressful if the traffic is bad. We think about how we’re going to get something done, or how we’ll pay off some bills. Always…… Continue reading Gratitude Journal Day 12, Sleeping Dogs