September 14, 2017

“When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick: every time a stick is thrown, you run after it. Instead, be like a lion who, rather than chasing after the stick, turns to face the thrower. One only throws a stick at a lion once.”  


My fri...

August 29, 2017

A homeless man sat at an outside table in front of McDonalds. Placed next to him were his only possessions in the world stuffed into a black plastic garbage bag. It was a hot Saturday afternoon.

The families of my little league baseball team had gathered at the restaura...

August 17, 2017

Have you ever made a poor decision that haunted you for years after? I made such a decision in 2006; I bought a rental property. Yep, a year before the real estate bubble burst, I decided to become a real estate mogul. Buy high and sell low was my motto. That property...

August 10, 2017

I received a frantic message from my friend Nick on Monday night. Apparently, he had been contacted by an old friend about an international business opportunity and he wanted my advice. In the message, he said he would send me a few files to review and call me in the m...

August 3, 2017

I had a rather long list of errands to run and one of my stops was the grocery store. One of the items we needed was peanut butter, which seemed to have a permanent place on the shopping list. How do my kids eat so much peanut butter?

The grocery basket was bypassed bec...

July 19, 2017

It is true that empirically attractive people enjoy certain advantages in life. They are considered more competent and make more money than their less attractive counterparts (12% - 14% more). It’s not fair, but it’s true. Attraction is a powerful tool of influence.


June 29, 2017

In my last post, I discussed the powerful persuasion tactics of using compliments and complements. In essence, those techniques harness the forces of likeness and liking. Likeness in that you and the other person are alike or in the same group. And liking, in that you ...

June 22, 2017

I nervously sat directly across from a tall bearded man wearing a sweater-vest and a blue and white striped tie. He was thumbing through a thick, black folder trying to figure out who in the world the candidate was sitting on the other side of the table. It was a morni...

June 15, 2017

My 14-year old son, Alex, is a budding filmmaker. It is his passion. This summer he is shooting the third installment of his Python movie series starring his sister and featuring his cousins and friends. Over the last three years, he has dedicated himself to improving...

June 7, 2017

Years ago, I had dinner with a large group of friends at a trendy Italian restaurant downtown. We were all young professionals, single, ambitious and optimistic. The economy was doing well at the time and our entire lives were ahead of us.

I knew about half the people a...

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