That Something Extra

We’re all consumers.  What separates a top brand from all the others?  What separates a mega-star from an ordinary actor?  What separates haute cuisine from a plate of spaghetti?  There’s a mysterious gap between the top tier and the next in line. You’ve seen examples of very competent and talented singer / musicians who never... » » [Read the rest of the post]

Everything Teaches

I’ve always heard the saying, “When a student is ready a teacher will come.” This is true. There are teachers all around us. Everything we see, everything we do contains a lesson. The next time you notice something interesting, stop and ponder. Ask yourself what you can learn from what you just noticed. Then sit... » » [Read the rest of the post]

Present Power

I recently attended the funeral of a friend who’d suffered an accidental death.  Prior to the funeral there was a viewing where friends and relatives could offer condolences to the surviving family.  This friend left a wife and five children.  Two of the children are grown and married with children of their own.  He also... » » [Read the rest of the post]

Don’t Be Afraid to Change Direction

Lisa thought she would enjoy being in business, so as she attended a university, she declared business as her major.  She graduated with her bachelor’s degree and wasn’t quite settled with what she finally wanted to end up doing, so she started going for a master’s degree in business.  One semester away from graduating she... » » [Read the rest of the post]

Setbacks Create Opportunities

Walt Disney suffered a near nervous breakdown just as he was reaching a pivotal point in his career.  At that point, on the advice of his doctors, he took time off and got completely away from his work, leaving it in other’s hands (a thing he had struggled doing before).  He had to relinquish a... » » [Read the rest of the post]