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Leaving Well

Leaving Well

I remember the first time that I got fired from a job. It was back in high school. I worked as a lifeguard at the town pool in Suffern, New York. Mrs. Bueno was my boss. She and her husband, Mr. Bueno, were physical education teachers during the school year and ran...

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The Hard Questions

The Hard Questions

My weight has been a yo-yo my entire adult life. Up ten pounds. Down ten pounds. Up fifteen. Down fifteen. Up twenty. Down twenty. Maybe because I’ve spent so much time on airplanes the last twenty-five years of my career. My closet has three sets of suit pants:...

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Who Does That?

Who Does That?

Four years ago, I wrote a BLOG about the general manager of a little Italian restaurant in Toronto, Canada. Little is not an accurate word. Perhaps to describe the size – only 121 total seats. But it does not describe its’ volume – probably the busiest restaurant in...

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Two Friends

Two Friends

I went to high school back in Suffern, New York, thirty-three years ago, with two friends. Two friends with very different lives. Two friends with vastly different life experiences. One friend was confident and the other was not. One friend built a three-page resume...

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Words

Words

My eleven-year old son had a hockey tournament in Los Angeles last weekend. For the first time in his seven-year hockey career, Tate had an injury during one of his games.Collided into another player. Went down hard. Came off the ice crying. He was in excruciating...

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Six Words

Back in 2008 I submitted my first book proposal to my, now, publisher. They rejected it. The title of my first book proposal was called, The Give Get Principle. I wanted to teach readers that there are two types of people...givers and getters. And there is a choice....

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Ham & Eggs

Warning...after reading this BLOG you will never be able to look at (or eat) ham and eggs the same way ever again.   I heard an amazing speaker this weekend at my sons' hockey camp. Lou Vairo was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1945. He has directed national and...

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Four Magic Ingredients

I've used the same driver that takes me to and from the Denver International Airport for years. Paulos is from Ethiopia. And so are all the other drivers on Paulos' team. A couple hundred trips to and from the Denver International Airport each year...I've had the...

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Knife Wounds

I took my thirteen-year old daughter on a date night last week to my favorite steak joint in town. Just Caroline and me. I cherish these times with my daughter. At her age, one minute I'm "Super Man" and the following minute she's "super embarrassed to be seen in...

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Start of a Friendship

There are over 15,000 professional speakers that are registered with the National Speakers Association. That's a lot of speakers. When I got in the business ten years ago, my mentor, Ken Blanchard encouraged me to find ways to separate myself from the other 14,999. He...

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