Are Your Words Getting in Your Way?

I love being a Southerner.  I grew up with a tradition of hospitality. How nice.  That would be lovely. Aren’t you thoughtful to ask. We’d love to see you when we’re back visiting. There is thoughtfulness, yes, but tentativeness as well. That WOULD be nice (doesn’t necessarily mean yes, I’ll do it). Aren’t you thoughtful (doesn’t mean that I’ll accept your invitation). We would love to see you (doesn’t mean …
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How To Find Your Own Personal Genius

Jason, a bright and creative 40 something, faced two attractive business opportunities.  Both have risk.  Both demand time and energy.  Both offer significant but not guaranteed financial rewards. Jason is in a quandary.  Which option to choose?  Or should he do neither? “It’s hard to know what to do.  You talk about finding your YIPPEE.  Some days I wonder if I should just become a paddleboard instructor and live a …
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Illegitimi Non Carborundum

Don’t let the bastards grind you down. This Latin phrase, popularized during WWII, always draws chuckles and after the chuckle, the head nodding.  Yep good advice, I gotta remember that. But unlike WWII, “the bastards” aren’t an opposing army, they may actually be people who are on your side: friends, spouses, colleagues, the boss, or a family member.  These people can sometimes be “dream killers”. That’s a crazy idea. You …
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Was Davy Crockett Right?

A generation of older Baby Boomers grew up watching Davy Crockett, the homespun Tennessee backwoodsman.  Mighty feats of daring were attributed to him and no small number of inspiring quotations – worth a read.  One quote that stands out: Be sure you’re right, then go ahead! Many people focus on the “being right” part.  Is this the right time to have children, get married/divorced, start a business, seek out a …
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Are You As Smart As A Pelican?

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Last week while I was walking on the beach in Florida, a dozen pelicans flew over my head, gliding in what appeared to be an effortless V formation, banking right then left.  I had a moment of thinking how lovely it would be to fly above the crashing surf, surveying the busy sandpipers scurrying in and out of the waves. Of course, on land pelicans are not graceful.  Their walk …
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