What Did Your Father Do During the War?

What Did Your Father Do During the War?

For a group of young boys, it was a frequent topic of conversation. With each boy determined to outshine the last with tales of his dad’s heroism and bravery, we listened intently to stories of gallantry and valor, all performed under the flag of patriotism.
Until it was my turn. And then I’d feel the anxiety rise in my chest, my throat turning dry as I’d manage to mumble something like, “I’m not sure, or “I don’t remember.”
Because I had no “bragging rights.
The stigma of having a non-serving dad in wartime was something I carried with me for a long time. All the way through grammar and Jr. High.
Until I learned the truth. And what I discovered, changed the way I thought about my father—forever.

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The Key to Aging Without Apology or Regret? Become the Exception!

The Key to Aging Without Apology or Regret? Become the Exception!

Seniors are much too often represented as a stereotype of decline and ineffectiveness, cast to play the widely-accepted but unbefitting role of a wobbly oldster, besieged by senior moments, obsessed with early dinner discounts, and constantly stalked by the looming shadows of an assisted care facility. But a new generation of exceptional elders are changing the general perceptions of aging, and in the process, are creating a mindset and a life-plan that can improve and enrich the last half of our journey.

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What Will They Say at Your Funeral?

What Will They Say at Your Funeral?

The premise is simple: We know the end of our lives is inescapable, so let’s take a critical look at the life we’re living, and if necessary, change our actions to motivate others to say positive things about us at our funeral. It seems like a well-intended message. But is it? The idea of changing your life to insure a glowing eulogy may be appropriate for some, but the majority of high-achieving, goal-oriented individuals view the metaphor as a distraction, a detour that takes their eyes off the ultimate target.

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Is it Time to Sue Your Employer?

Is it Time to Sue Your Employer?

Bringing formal legal action against your employer should always be considered a last resort to correcting an difficult situation or problem at work. So how do you know when it’s time to call an attorney? Here’s a three step process to help settle, manage, or otherwise negotiate a problem at work and avoid bringing the kiss of death to your career.

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When Someone Really Needs Your Help

When Someone Really Needs Your Help

Sure, we’ve all had to deal with dead batteries and leaky water pipes—the common frustrations and irritations of life. But occasionally, someone close to you will experience a personal tragedy—a time of extreme distress. And when it happens, even though you’re ready, willing, and able to help, you may feel awkward or uncomfortable because you don’t know exactly what to do or say. But don’t let that keep you from helping out when others need you the most. Here are the basics, and if it helps, think of it as CPR for the soul.

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The Fine “Art” of Argument

The Fine “Art” of Argument

In many situations and relationships you can either be right or you can be happy—but not both. Which is more important to you? By learning how to diffuse a potential argument and turn it into a productive discussion, you can preserve – and even strengthen – your relationships with others.

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The New World Corporate Culture

The New World Corporate Culture

The popularity of “culture” has made it a leading topic for positive change. But as the concept of company culture expands to include tangible, value-added employee benefits, are we creating unrealistic expectations—a sense of entitlement—in the minds of existing and future employees?

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Do You Think Like an Entrepreneur?

Do You Think Like an Entrepreneur?

Sadly, one of the first lessons many new entrepreneurs learn is that they’ve traded corporate boredom for financial stress and logistical overwhelm. If you’re contemplating leaving your company for self-employment, make sure personality, personal values, and work ethic are in alignment with an entrepreneurial mindset. Most successful entrepreneurs were already thinking in “maverick-mode” long before they left their employer, with many operating a small side business or providing non-competitive consulting services.

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I Forgot How to Say “No”

I Forgot How to Say “No”

If you’re good at something, others will ask for your help. And on the surface, there’s nothing wrong with that. Helping out is part of life. But if “helping out” means sacrificing the priorities you’ve established in your own life, where do you draw the line? And just as important, how do you convey that your desire to help is sincere, but your current circumstances and work load make it impossible? You do it by learning how to say “no,” . . . the right way! As a result, you’ll bring your life back into balance, and put priority back where it belongs – on your personal productivity and success!

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Creating the Mental Sub-routines of a Successful Life

Creating the Mental Sub-routines of a Successful Life

It sounds simple . . . focus on the significantly important instead of the urgently trivial. But we all know how quickly a day can become derailed with phone calls, meetings, and last minute requests from customers and supervisors. So how do we stay on track, continuing to take the right steps that, over time, will eventually lead us to success? I suggest using a set of mental sub-routines that act as a kind of auto-pilot, guiding and directing our actions to create new opportunities, establish new professional relationships, and consistently make a trustworthy and reliable impression on others. Want to create your own set of mental sub-routines? Read on.

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How to Tame Your Nerves Before Giving a Speech

How to Tame Your Nerves Before Giving a Speech

For fifty percent of the population, giving a speech produces as much fear as facing death. And yet, responding to a speaking request can boost your career, increase your standing in the community, and enhance your personal credibility and social status. In five simple steps, you can Learn how to get those butterflies to fly in formation and be remembered as the one who rose to the occasion, didn’t hesitate, and had the courage to take the lead.

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Human Resources – Department of Smoke & Mirrors

Human Resources – Department of Smoke & Mirrors

From the description—Human Resourses—it sounds like a division of the company dedicated to the well-being and advancement of the company’s employees. Even the name sounds friendly and inviting, right? Resources help us to excel at our job and be more effective on our assignments. And human? Well, we are human, so it must be a place we can go to acquire the help we need to get along with others, work through problems, and increase the enjoyment and satisfaction we receive from our work. It’s easy to assume the HR department to be a place designed to serve and benefit the company’s work force. Right? In a word . . . wrong.

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The Perfect Age

The Perfect Age

I remember driving to work one morning and listening to three radio personalities offer their opinion on the best age in life. After a minute or so of discussing the pros and cons of a younger body versus a wiser mind, they unanimously chose 35 as the perfect age. At the time, I was 28. The idea of being 35 seemed impossibly old. Hell, I could feel thirty looming in near future and that was bad enough. The idea that my thirty-fifth birthday would be something to celebrate seemed insane. That was over thirty years ago.
How accurate were the radio DJ’s at predicting the supposed best year of my life?

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Ready to Try a Little Minimalism in Your Life?

Ready to Try a Little Minimalism in Your Life?

Minimalism. It’s the new, trendy lifestyle of simplicity. Pair it down, throw it out, recycle it, or give it away, it doesn’t matter, just as long as you get it out of the house. The rationale for paring down is simple: The time we spend on our unneeded or unnecessary possessions often spills over into other areas of our life, reducing or shifting our focus away from more important priorities.

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Why Things Will Never Make Us Happy

Why Things Will Never Make Us Happy

The first of the year is the traditional time to set new goals, to identify what’s important in our lives and make plans to accomplish our objectives. For some of us, that means a new job, buying a home, or acquiring the latest model car. Others will focus on pure financial goals, setting a desired net worth, or accumulating a specific amount of cash in the bank, hoping it will give them a sense of freedom.

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Are You Really Cut Out To Be The Boss?

Are You Really Cut Out To Be The Boss?

Regardless of your particular goal—to create the next best-selling phone app, buy a fast-food franchise, or grow your fledgling used car business into the number one automobile dealership in the state—it probably started with great ambitions and dreams of financial independence. But if after several years of hard work, you’re still struggling to keep your business afloat, or worse, your efforts have ended in failure, debt, and disappointment, you may be asking . . . What happened?

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How Much Power Does the Past Have Over Your Future?

How Much Power Does the Past Have Over Your Future?

I haven’t been back to my old hometown in years. The last few times I was there, I felt like I was visiting a graveyard—lots of buried memories and too many headstones. So it wasn’t long before I began to feel uncomfortable and knew it was time to leave. A lot of it has to do with the recollection of things left unfinished—incomplete plans, broken dreams, and lost relationships. Looking back, I know most of it . . .

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