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February 26, 2018

Five or six years ago, I really started down this road of authenticity and understanding what are my unique gifts. One of the exercises I did was to ask 5 people who knew me, from different areas of my life, to answer a few questions about me.

The responses to the quest...

February 22, 2018

Growing up, I had a strong desire to be “cool” as do most kids. In school, I am not even sure I could define it, but it was clear who had it. Those were the kids who wore the right clothes, said witty things, and never looked too ruffled... and that was definitely not...

February 21, 2018

When a prospect agreed to start working with me a couple of years ago, I was pretty excited. They were really nice people and would be my third largest client by monthly billings. The problem was that it was the wrong kind of work for me.

When I started my business in 2...

February 20, 2018

In middle school, I was friends with a boy whose parents were divorced and he lived with just his mom, who worked evenings. He invited me for a sleepover one Friday night with a bigger plan to hang out with some girls across town without his mom’s knowledge.

Planning fo...

February 19, 2018

Our younger dog, Sasha, is a 70-lb. German Shepherd. We got her when she was 3 months old, and she has always wanted to please. She is great with kids and is really sweet... except around other dogs.

At our old house, she would lunge at the front window when other dogs...

February 16, 2018

When I was in college, my maternal grandfather passed away. While he was not great with kids, I did spend quite a bit of time with him. As one family friend put it, I was “7 going on 35.” So, he found me to mature enough to have around.

He taught me to play chess, and i...

February 15, 2018

In 2004, I was decided to close down my web design business. It had been a failure, and at the time, it really felt like the end. The end of my business career and the end of my self-respect.

You see, I thought I was pretty darn smart. After graduating valedictorian of...

February 14, 2018

Most evenings, my family spends time reading together. We started the practice nearly 10 years ago, and it is an important collective family experience. As the boys are getting older, we have missed more nights of reading, but we still read as often as possible.

One of...

February 13, 2018

My boys are involved in quite a few activities, and I am the principal driver since my schedule is more flexible than my wife’s. That means I spend quite a bit of time in the car with the boys.

The one thing you can count on is that the radio is on. My oldest son, who i...

February 12, 2018

Growing up, everyone in my neighborhood had regular jobs. My parents were teachers.  The neighbors were a steel worker, a postal carrier, and other people with “regular” jobs. That is why it was such a shock to us when a new family moved in two doors down.

The dad did n...

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