No matter what you learned in your youth, good or bad, you can change that orientation by understanding what happened to you.
With understanding, you can rewrite the hard drive in your mind. You can decide to take action. You can move toward [...]
Most people think they know exactly what it means to be an adult:
Pay all your bills on time, do your own laundry, and don’t get fired from your job. Or if you’re a little more rebellious, it may be something like: hire someone to [...]
Heading eastbound across southern California, the sun set low in the sky.
We looked for a campsite in the rocky terrain east of Joshua Tree National Monument.
“We better find a spot soon,” Sandi said.
“I’m looking, dear,” I said.
After hosting a Saturday event at my office, I had limited time to get to a fundraising GALA. Let me just add at this point to the story, an expensive GALA where the most worthwhile time is the cocktail hour when the networking [...]
Over the years, one of my friends married a beautiful woman and fathered two boys.
He shared his pride with me as they grew to become men. I watched their pictures fill the entire front of his refrigerator. His boys adorned the walls of the [...]
Pastoral Counselor Nancy Jensen is the author of the new book Resurrected Mind: How One Family’s Miracle Can Provide Hope For You, the true, miraculous story of how Nancy and her family persevered to extraordinary lengths to [...]
Author Jennifer Karin Jordan celebrates dads year-round in her new book, DADLY Wisdom. She’ll tell her journey of writing the book, share some of the fathers’ wisdom, and give tips to attain your dreams.
Denice Hartmann-Manfredi is author of the upcoming book It’s A Noisy, Noisy World: A Journey Through Adversity and Deafness, where she shares a remarkable journey of hope and inspiration with living life despite being hearing [...]
Backcountry mountaineering takes guts, gumption and strength.
Not for the meek. Not for the lazy. Not for the mild. It taxes and tantalizes at the same time. The wilderness summons the deep, primordial spirit of mountain men and women. It spills [...]
Recently a client called upset with his CEO.
He read the handwriting on the wall. Or so he thought. He just wasn’t sure what the handwriting was saying. Should the client stay? Should the client leave? Should he look at the myriad of other [...]
Let’s set the bar straight.
Everyone loves each other. Everyone watches one another. We all like each other. We are intrigued by one another. Forget what you think or what so and so said. This love and like is inherent. Cats and dogs show [...]
Along life’s highway, you will befriend countless people from school, work, sports and church.
Each person offers you different degrees of friendship. Some casual, some close and a few become best friends. Gym-rat friends encourage you. Work [...]
Veterinarian Dr. Liz Fernandez is the author of the new book Sacred Gifts of a Short Life: Uncovering Wisdom of our Pets End of Life Journeys, and she offers us the silver lining that can be uncovered as we embrace the broken [...]
With a surprising number of boomers heading towards retirement, most are not ready to spend their days hitting the golf balls or playing bridge.
Instead they are looking to the future with enthusiasm and gusto. Why? Because they know that now [...]
At the age of 17 while driving home from baseball practice, my father’s best friend pulled me over in my Chevy clunker.
He walked up to my window with a sad look on his face.
“Frosty,” he said. “I’ve got some bad news for you…your [...]
Nobody — whether single, in a long-term committed relationship or anything in between — is completely immune from that often-painful feeling of loneliness.
That is, however, until you can see it for what it is: an attitude that’s [...]
The New Year always brings the opportunity to reflect on the past and potential improvement for the following year.
New Year’s resolutions typically include losing weight, quitting smoking, joining a gym, or even saving money. One thing to [...]
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house . . .
Mice or not, I just needed a room at the inn.
I scheduled a well-known hospitality venue for a stay over the holidays. Rather than the traditional hotel, I opted for this billion [...]
The holidays can be a fun loving time and a chance to create some beautiful new memories.
In contrast, the holidays can be a stressed filled season reminiscent of arguments from the ghosts of Christmas past. MSN Travel reports that over 100 [...]
It’s not easy being a Browns Fan. We have endured a change of coach every 2 and a fraction years.
The Browns have had 13 starting quarterbacks since 1999, 22 quarterbacks that have played in parts of games, and 3 different owners in 16 years. [...]
With 50 Shades of Grey making the rounds on cable this month, we have an opportunity to peek into the psyche of a psychological bully.
At the root of this highly stylized version of the Pacific Northwest, is an impressionable young woman, Anastasia [...]
Throughout my life, I have considered every human being on an even keel with me.
I treat each person I meet with dignity and respect; and I expect them to return the same. I’m the guy who walks into the gym with a smile on my face and a greeting, [...]
This year, a longtime friend asked me to go on a bicycle journey with him down the West Coast from Canada to Mexico.
The journey encompassed 2,000 miles of the Pacific Ocean, mountains, beaches, seabirds, whales, seals, otters, dolphins and [...]
In the corner of my office, near my computer, a white marble statue stands against a dark blue velvet cloth to create a dramatic contrast. The statue?
As a college sophomore, my humanities professor introduced me to the eminent Italian sculptor [...]
We use words all the time.
Often we don’t really know or think about their meaning. Heart murmur was a word like that. Until my dog was diagnosed with one, I didn’t really know what it was. In business we use words like change and transform [...]
There is more to life than planning for retirement.
It’s really about making good choices and living life to the fullest. It’s about making a promise to yourself to discover the joyous secrets that will change the rest of your life. [...]
Congrats on your child’s recent graduation.
You were probably fortunate enough to hear a great commencement speaker at a college graduation. Robert De Niro, Maya Rudolph, Jon Bon Jovi, the Obama’s, and Flo from the Progressive Insurance [...]
At the beginning of my presentations on “How to Live a Life of Adventure” at high schools, colleges, civic clubs and church groups, my first words exclaim, “I live a spectacular life!”
After the audience digests such brash words, I invite [...]
Many people speak about creating a balance in life, one that allows you to enjoy both your personal life and also your professional life.
I do not believe in trying to balance the two. Making a conscious effort to schedule X amount of time for [...]
Bad things happen to everyone.
People get sick. They get hurt. They lose their job. They get a new job and have to move or take on more responsibility. Their best friend moves away. People die.
No one escapes life’s inevitable events. When [...]
Doug Sandler – also known as Mr. Nice Guy – has over 30 years of business experience as an entrepreneur and business leader. His book, Nice Guys Finish First is a #1 ranked Amazon Best Seller. Doug specializes in making [...]