I wrote in my journal last night before bed as is often my practice. I think best sometimes while writing. Writing makes me tussle with ideas, introspection, and decisions. It’s my process. I wrote about how I currently approach my days.

I no longer keep detailed lists of goals and associated tasks. That way of living feels like living by checklist and that’s not appealing to me. It feels excessively regimented and confining. I know it might work for some. Throughout my life I have made attempts at such detailed life planning. However now it feels extremely rooted in a…

Self-reflection is always advised even in the best of times. During the pandemic I have had a chance to stop the merry-go-round of life and take a more extended pause. It has been interesting.

I have been one of the lucky ones to remain gainfully employed and working from home as the pandemic rages and I acknowledge that provides a certain level of privilege that allows for quiet introspection to take place. Still, I also consciously chose this time to reflect more deeply on myself and my life.

Those who know me might describe me as ambitious. I have successfully…

I have always preferred sprints of effort for a variety of things versus longer stretches of intense focus on a single thing. During a recent conversation with a friend I mentioned I tend to live my life “5 at a time” and he found it interesting. So, I offer it here.

Do 5 push-ups. Read for 5 minutes. Purge your home of 5 items. Call a friend and talk for 5 minutes. Meditate for 5 minutes. Write down 5 ideas to improve your life. Spend 5 minutes answering email. Brainstorm a problem for 5 minutes. And so on. …

I subscribe to Nathan Lozeron’s Productivity Game newsletter. For those interested in the productivity topic area, his website and newsletter are worth your time.

In his latest newsletter he included his video book summary for Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh, the founder of the phenomenally successful online retailer, Zappos.

In the video Lozeron explains the three pivotal decisions that Tony Hsieh used to make Zappos culture great, thereby making the company incredibly profitable. Those are:

  1. Hire and fire on your values. Define your company’s core values and hire and fire based on them regardless of a person’s skills or performance…

I am a quotation (quote) collector. Whenever I see a quote that resonates with me or that I might find useful in the future, I save it. I thought it might be interesting to some readers if I explained why certain quotes stand out for me.

“Where some people have a self, most people have a void, because they are too busy in wasting their vital creative energy to project themselves as this or that, dedicating their lives to actualizing a concept of what they should be like rather than actualizing their potentiality as a human being.” Bruce Lee

Many…

I just finished Seth Godin’s latest book, The Practice: Shipping Creative Work. I enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. Seth is one of my favorite bloggers and I recommend subscribing to his blog.

The main thing I got out of The Practice is validation, one more respected thought leader’s voice reiterating that great work comes from one’s own practice of consistently doing the work, whatever that work might be, and letting outcomes manifest as a result.

What constitutes a “creative” is also expanded to a real-world view in the book when Godin points out that virtually all…

Every so often I write fiction. I especially enjoy short fiction. It seems to clear my mind in ways other practices do not. I wrote this today.

They’re yelling again. They do that a lot. Sometimes two or three times a day I lift my head from a nap awakened by their screaming. They don’t like each other. I don’t think they ever have.

I think when they brought me home from the shelter they believed I would be a project they could rally around. It didn’t work. They fawned over me for a while. Bought me a bunch of…

Why it is dangerous to assume you know how others learn best

I have been deeply engaged with empowering people to learn in business environments for much of the past 38 years. After an odd career trajectory that eventually led me to leave college to pursue a life as a professional dancer, I ended up quite accidentally self-educating myself during a bank temporary job assignment. The bank had purchased a brand new Wang (yes, I am that old) computer because they had extra budget and decided to use it or lose it.

When the new computer arrived, I asked the bank’s Vice President who was going to run it. She told me…

We can plot the course of our lives but can only steer them day to day

I am excited. I just finished taking the Designing Your Life class and I read the bestselling book based on the class. I recommend them both.

I feel energized and optimistic. I feel empowered with yet more tools to assist me in creating the life I want. At 66 years of age, I am trying to determine what the next version of my life will look like and the class and book were good mechanisms to assist me in those personal investigations.

Being someone who gravitates most readily to books as my ideal first learning source, I suggest reading the…

Ideas to help Democrats win the upcoming election

98 days out from the upcoming November 3, 2020 election, an election that will undoubtedly determine the fate of our country, I started to post tips on things people in my social media network could do to help Joe Biden and down ticket Democrats win the election.

Every day I created a graphic and posted it to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and MeWe.

I decided it would be great to put all these tips in one place so people could scan them all in case one jumped out as being particularly useful. …

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