Hobbies make you better at your job.

First, you have to understand that this does not include all hobbies.  Some people are quick to tell you that watching football and drinking beer is their hobby. I’m sorry, but I have to say no to that in this context. I’ve also had to disallow binge-watching TV series or movies as well as sleeping. Let me give you a...[ read more ]

Goal Setting

It’s almost that time of year again when we rush to make a list of things, we will call goals for the next year.  Oh, it looks so bright and shiny when we first make it.  Unfortunately, a little tarnish begins to appear, and far too soon, this promising shiny list that was so full of hope and promise lies...[ read more ]


I’m not sure how many people will remember the acronym G.I.G.O. If you do, you will remember it stands for garbage in garbage out. This was a term widely used in the computer area during its rapid growth era and referred to programming and design, garbage input made for garbage output. So, let me ask you a few frank questions....[ read more ]

Daily Discipline

Are you moving steadily towards a goal, or are you bouncing from task to phone call to meeting at the whim of others? If so, you will find yourself in the same spot in a year that you occupy right now. Discipline starts with when and how you get up every day. Adjustments may occur due to your schedule or...[ read more ]

The Power of Listening to Achieve Meaningful and Productive Conversation

For hundreds of years, people have pointed out, “you have two ears and one mouth, use them appropriately.” How often have we watched, (or participated) in a conversation where both or all parties seemed to be speaking and then waiting for their next turn where they repeat the same thing. Sometimes a little more passionately or with more conviction, (volume)...[ read more ]

Using priority setting to maximize the positive and minimize the negative impacts of failure

So how do you feel about failing?  You have a plan, and you don’t meet your desired result, you’ve experienced a lack of success, you fell short.  The kind of failure that’s not spectacular like having a building topple over or having a dot com blow up in your face.  It could be a little thing like not doing the...[ read more ]

Busy Does Not Equal Productivity

Are you confusing being busy with being productive?  Do you put off major tasks to get the quick satisfaction of completing a relatively meaningless task?  Are you hiding from success behind a to do list stuffed with unimportant, in comparison, jobs? Stop right now.  Don’t do another thing without answering those questions.  Well, do you see yourself there?  Which one...[ read more ]

Why being busy isn’t the same as being productive – and how to change that

It’s all about setting things straight Are you confusing being busy with being productive?  Putting off significant tasks to get the quick satisfaction of completing a relatively meaningless task? Hiding from success behind a to-do list stuffed with unimportant, in comparison, jobs? STOP right now. Don't do another thing without answering those questions. Well, do you see yourself there? Which...[ read more ]

Start Right Now!

How often have you heard things like, “when is the best time to plant a tree?”  The traditional answer is, “20 years ago.”  The moral being, if you had, you would have shade or fruit by now.  The proverb continues, “the second-best time is now.” That is an “if everything goes right,” answer.  What if drought got it before it...[ read more ]

The Power of Black Belt Focus

I was wondering one day about how many students who began Martial Arts went on to receive their black belt.  I typed in the question, and both Wikipedia and Yahoo Answers supplied the same result.  (see below) Answers Best Answer: “ There is no source that keeps all those stats. There is no central governing body that sets standards. What I can tell you is...[ read more ]

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