Who’s Raising You?

None of us were taught everything we needed to know. We inherit not only the insights, but also the oversights of our earliest teachers. Unless we wish to be confined to the limitations of our upbringing, some degree of self-socialization is necessary. Literacy opens the way. Through reading we acquire  the power to raise our level of intelligence… Continue reading Who’s Raising You?

Even If You’re Not Feeling Bubbly

One needn’t be cheerful in order to adopt a mature and self-determined stance in the face of creative challenges. Succeeding isn’t always accompanied by smiling. And there’s much more to the creation of a flourishing life than the fleeting, fluctuating experience of having fun. Sometimes we feel enthusiastic. Sometimes we don’t. Thích Nhất Hạnh wrote, “Feelings come and… Continue reading Even If You’re Not Feeling Bubbly


Some party invitations suggest “BYOB” for “Bring Your Own Beer.” I’d like to see one that says “BYOJ” for “Bring Your Own Joy.” If we all did that, regardless of the event, life itself would become a party. Sometimes the best way to have a good time is to make up your mind ahead of time that you’re… Continue reading BYOJ

Professional Optimism

“I get it, it’s nice up here. You could just shut down all the systems, turn down all the lights, just close your eyes and tune out everyone. There’s nobody up here that can hurt you. It’s safe. What’s the point of going on? What’s the point of living? Your kid died, it doesn’t get… Continue reading Professional Optimism

Create or die

“You’re not gonna get picked. Dick Clarke has passed away. He’s not going to call and put you on American Bandstand. It’s over. And it’s being replaced by the awesome scary responsibility of picking yourself.” -Seth Godin The age of the non-entrepreneur and the non-artist is dead. Our generation can no longer afford the luxury of… Continue reading Create or die