“A year from now, you will wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb I've probably shared this quote before. It’s been my favorite for a long time now, as it never fails to provide me with the motivation to break out of a rut, start a project I’ve been putting off, or rededicate myself to … Continue reading What Are You Waiting For?
Last year, I shared the results of a Gratitude Survey I posted on my company's intranet. It was encouraging to read the various expressions of gratitude submitted by employees across the organization, and each of them reminded me of things I am thankful for. Thanksgiving is, after all, meant to be a time of reflection. … Continue reading The Benefits of Gratitude
Early in my sales career, I spent a lot of time on the road. Thankfully, I had books on cassette tape to keep me company. One of my favorites was by the great Zig Ziglar. I got to thinking about that recently and looked up a transcript of one his stories that’s stuck with me … Continue reading Thirsty?
In the 1920’s, two-tone automobiles were popular. Body shop employees, however, were often frustrated with the process of painting the vehicles. To mask off the cars, they used newspaper or butcher paper glued to the vehicle. The process was messy and the paper was difficult to remove once the painting was completed. As a salesman, … Continue reading Look for the Gap
This Saturday afternoon, my daughter Abby will graduate high school. It’s an interesting road that she’s traveled, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. She left an orphanage in Ternopil, Ukraine for the wide open skies of Lubbock Texas. She battled the setbacks presented by her Autism to attain the confidence of an … Continue reading The Abby Influence
My son Alex recently purchased a new piece of artwork for his room. It’s a picture of the world map, seemingly cut out of weathered boards. It has a very old word, rustic feel to it and he wanted a suitable frame for it – something that complemented the style rather than the sleek and … Continue reading Layers
The hottest title on Netflix right now is Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Based on the professional organizer’s 2014 book, and introduced to coincide with New Year’s resolutions, the show has everyone talking. Fans are quick to share how Kondo’s KonMari method has changed their lives. Detractors will tell you why it simply doesn’t work … Continue reading The Quest for Joy
When Susan and I got married (November of 1991), we knew Christmas was just around the corner. There wasn’t a lot of time to set up a joint household and figure out how we were going to decorate our new place for the holidays. It was stressful enough thinking about how we were going to … Continue reading The Incredible Power of Tradition
Howard Tibbals began playing with dioramas around the time he turned seven, back in 1943. You’re familiar with dioramas, right? They’re three dimensional models depicting a scene, often used in grade school classes to help kids learn about history or nature. At some point, each of my three children came home declaring their need for … Continue reading A Day in the Life
According to a Timex survey conducted last year, Americans spend an average of 32 minutes waiting each time they visit the doctor. We spend 28 minutes waiting in security lines at the airport, and almost as long (21 minutes) waiting for our significant other to get ready for an evening out. We spend 13 hours … Continue reading While You Wait…