The Secret to Living Your Dream: Do It!

May 25th, 2017

Emma Morano died the oldest woman in the world, at the age of 117. She was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Her secret to living to 117 was eating raw eggs and cookies. It is never too late to live out your lifelong dreams. Age, lack of talent, education, connections, or status

Start Anywhere

May 17th, 2017

The root of the word initiative is ‘to initiate or bring into being.’ Whatever it is that you want to achieve, you have to begin at some point. In Chapter 2 of Ask for More, “Start Here: Taking the Initiative,” I discuss the importance of taking initiative at work and at home You have to

What’s Your Number?

May 9th, 2017

  Number 42, Breaking Ground On April 15, 2017, Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day. It was on April 15, 1947, that Jackie Robinson wore #42 to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was Jackie Robinson’s major league debut. Robinson’s debut in the world of major league baseball was a huge, groundbreaking event for

The Uniforms We Wear and the Responsibilities We Bear

May 2nd, 2017

  What Sets Us Apart When I was in elementary school, I was enrolled in a private, Jewish school. The students were all assigned uniforms. The boys were required to wear gray slacks and powder-blue shirts, while the girls were required to wear powder-blue shirts and navy-blue tunics. While public opinion on the importance of

Ask For More

April 17th, 2017

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth will come to a close in May 2017 after performing for 146 years. Declining attendance and high operating costs were cited as the reasons for the circus folding its big top. What caused the most controversy while the circus was in operation was the

The Secret of Life [video]

December 16th, 2016
Robert Emmons Gratitude Works Video

As you know, gratitude is my mission. One of my mentors is Robert Emmons, PhD. Psychology, UC Davis, speaks regularly on this topic. Here is one of my favorite videos of him discussing gratitude.   Gratitude Works!: The Science and Practice of Saying Thanks by Robert Emmons It’s about 1 hour 12 minutes long. Hope

Entitlement Overshadows Gratitude

October 10th, 2016

In our relationships, having a sense of entitlement will overshadow gratitude. We start to expect things from people close to us, whether it’s commitment, trust, honesty or material things or gifts which people give us, we lose that feeling of gratitude for what our loved ones give us. We start taking each other for granted,

Have a Heart: How a Heart Keeps Beating After a Father’s Death: Gratitude in Action

October 4th, 2016

“Who knows what tomorrow brings, In a world few hearts survive?” – Joe Cocker, Up Where We Belong This lyric rings true when you consider Michael Stepien’s heart’s destiny. In September of 2006, the 53-year old head chef was walking home from work after a typical night shift. As he cut through an alley,  he was

Entitlement does not serve your happiness

September 26th, 2016

Entitlement can stand in the way of happiness. If we are constantly expecting things that we deserve, we can’t feel grateful since we expected that which we received. Life doesn’t owe us anything. We have to strive for all that we have, work, family and material things. We should feel grateful for all that we

Stuck on a Plane for Maintenance? Break Out The Band! Gratitude in Action

August 28th, 2016 Last year, a US Airways flight from Indianapolis to New Orleans was delayed on the tarmac for five hours for maintenance after all the passengers on board were seated and ready to depart.  When a flight attendant realized that four of the passengers on board were The Port City Sound, a barber shop quartet,

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