Siesta, Retirement, and Work

And old tale. An American was visiting a small village in Mexico. He came across a young man sitting in a chair on the sidewalk while children played all around him. The American was put off by this laziness. So he talked to the man. “Why aren’t you working?” asked the American. “I have already […]

Class of 1982

I have been just returned from my 25th class reunion at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. What a blast! Three lasting images came home with me. First, my very good friend Mary S. confided in me a secret she’s kept for 29 years. As high school students back in the dark ages, Mary and John […]

The Last Yard

Here’s a reflection about the last 1%. I’ve been working on several projects that culminate in the next few weeks. I’ve written a new book and released it for purchase yesterday. I have a webinar today and another in two days. I have a seminar for it in three days. I have sales goals for […]

I don’t mean to be rude . . . but Shut Up!

One of the best things you can do, in many area of your life, is to be silent and take in the world. Here are three quick thoughts. First, we all hear the advice over and over: You have two ears and one mouth, so you should do twice as much listening as talking. True […]

Building Success Through Your Personal “Big Mac” Index

You may have heard of the “Big Mac” index.  It’s a tool to help understand standards of living in other countries.  Since most people don’t know or care about Gross Domestic Product or monetary exchange rates. The Big Mac index (BMI) is very simple:  How long do you have to work to earn enough money […]

Simplify – in Moderation

I often talk to folks about how they’re simplifying things. We all go through this from time to time: There’s just “too much stuff” in our lives and we weed out some things. Many of us have filled our lives with toys and activities and habits that steal our time. So we’re super busy with […]

Sneaking Off

One of the great joys in life is sneaking off. One of the great joys about living in Northern California is opportunities to sneak off. We all lead very busy lives. I know my family does! My daughter’s in high school. In addition to being stage manager for a play and doing the occasional guitar […]

Microsoft Kool Aid

As a technical consultant, I get to work with lots of nerds. One of my favorite nerds is Vlad Mazek. Some time ago he started using the phrase “drinking the Microsoft Kool Aid.” Whenever he talks to someone from Microsoft he asks them what flavor of Kool Aid they prefer. We have adopted a similar […]