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THINK YOU’VE LOST IT??

I just re-read this “motivator” (written almost exactly a year ago) because I realized that recently I’d pretty much forgotten everything I’d advised my readers to do and was driving myself absolutely crazy as a result. I was in grave danger of “losing it” (my mind) as a result of my fear of “losing it” (my stuff.)  And I know it’s not just me… “The iPhone… read more

SOUND AND FURY VERSUS THE MAN IN THE ARENA

My mind has been  overflowing with literary quotes these last few days. They float in at about 4:30 AM and don’t seem to float out. I can’t imagine why. Or can I? Here’s a small sampling… “But man, proud man, Dress’d in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he’s most assur’d- His glassy essence-like an angry… read more

From Shrinking Violet to Alpha Female

  A decade or so ago we had a bit of a “mouse situation” in our house in Connecticut. Not exactly an infestation, but they were definitely there. And they were brazenly bold little rascals, totally unintimidated by people-and too agile for traps. “We need a cat!” I announced to no one in particular. “Now!”… read more

CONFIDENCE

CONFIDENCE It’s extraordinary how many people whom I work with begin our first conversation with, “The thing is, I just don’t have any confidence.  And given everything that’s going on in my life - especially my work – that’s not a good thing. How can I get it??” Here’s a fact: You don’t have to “get it.” It’s already… read more

SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR…

I wrote a “motivator” similar to this a couple of years ago, but thought, all things considered, this would be a good time to reprise it. See what you think….   SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR… You’ve probably heard the story of the guy who climbs up the steep steps to the Pearly Gates to present himself to… read more

HERE’S TO YOU…MAKING IT ALL ABOUT THEM

Look, this is the season for “speeches” – and you might be giving one. Or at least be expected to make a toast – or say something in front of a bunch of people. There are engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, summer office parties – celebrations of all sorts – where saying something is the order of… read more

HOLD FAST…

  I discovered this poem a week ago written on a piece of ragged, yellowed-with-age paper; tucked into a dog-eared copy of A Collection of Poems by William Butler Yeats… At first I was puzzled. “Where the heck did this come from?” I wondered. Then I recognized the untidy, flamboyant writing. It was mine. There was a barely legible date at the top: Sept.13,… read more

YOU GOTTA HAVE HEART…

He was known simply as Hip No.85. He had a tiny scrape on the back of a front ankle that was beginning to swell and every time a prospective buyer came to take a look at him at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale in upstate New York, their offer was lower than the one before. But… read more

IT’S PLAYTIME!

How’d you like to be a four or five year old and spend your time in “play” school or kindergarten sitting at a table, copying letters from the alphabet over and over…and over. Fun, huh? Stimulating? Well, unfortunately, as I learned in a recent piece in the NY Times, written by David Kohn called “Let… read more

“LIKE A DIET OF THE MIND…”

“This man is a genius.” That was the one-sentence letter written in support of the application to Princeton’s doctoral program in mathematics for John Nash who, of course, went on to become one of the greatest mathematicians of the twentieth century. Dr. Nash was killed in a car crash along with his wife, Alicia, Saturday,… read more