August 23, 2018

If I filled a room with former colleagues and business partners and asked them to describe me, I’m confident no one would utter the phrase, “You mastered…” 

They may say I was “good” or even “really good” at being an environmental lawyer, commercial real estate broker,...

August 20, 2018

A very smart woman in her eighties announced she was going to write a book about her life. A life filled with riveting stories.

She witnessed the rise of anti-Semitism in her beloved home town of Alexandria, Egypt. She survived air raid bombings. At seventeen, she board...

August 19, 2018

Spending an hour or more writing an email is rare. If it’s well-written with valuable information, it should be acknowledged immediately. 

Something simple is all that’s needed. “Hey, received your email. Looks super comprehensive. Will get back to you with my thoughts....

August 16, 2018

Tech and business fascinate me. I’m not very good at either, but I love learning how big thinkers have changed the world and are shaping our future.

When I’m with a friend or client who shares my excitement about technology, our conversation inevitably leads to books an...

August 14, 2018

I heard a successful business leader disparage goal setting. It distracted him from doing what was most important. 

No goals?

A ridiculous comment. How can a person build anything without goals? 

A big idea gets shaped into a goal which is whittled down to a pla...

August 12, 2018

When Jody and I sold our house in December 2017, we were victims of mortgage wire fraud. Our mortgage payoff was stolen and our lender (Wells Fargo) deposited $239,000 into the criminal's account instead of our mortgage account. 

Eight months later this mess hasn't been...

August 2, 2018

What if you go to work today and your employer announces the company is shutting down? 

What if your position is eliminated? 

What if your new business venture runs out of cash?

Over the past 10 days, I heard from two friends who are grappling with these issues. One just...

August 1, 2018

Listening to books and podcasts has become part of my life. When I run on the treadmill, drive more than 10 minutes, or walk to a store, I digest the news or learn about tech, marketing, or self-improvement. 

Last year I listened to an interview of a top Hollywood...

February 11, 2017

Every few months I eat breakfast alone at a diner. I bring my journal and write about business, money, goals, heath, and family.

I look for a quiet spot. If there are noisy customers or a blaring television, I plug in my earbuds. 

I also need a lot of coffee.

To...

February 10, 2017

It’s transformative to watch someone perform their craft with expertise and passion. 

In the business world, I’ve seen executives give speeches that inspire employees to work long hours simply for the joy of being part of the company’s mission.

I've stopped my car to wat...

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