200 years, or 200 days…Part 1

What if we didn’t know how much time we have left to live? An absurd question you might say, since indeed none of us really KNOW for certain how much time we have left.  But most of us have an idea – an expectation – based on our current age, our genetics, current state of…

Stay Fascinated, my friends!

This is of course, a take off on the popular commercial in which “the most interesting man in the world” advises us to “Stay thirsty, my friends!” which associates drinking Dos Equis beer with a life of romance and adventure. I recently read The Coaching Habit, in which the author Michael Stanier also used that…

Who Am I? (part 2) – Reality Check

Who Am I?   When we are asked to deliver a Who Am I?  presentation with limited time, to a group of people we may not know very well, we will usually talk about our background, career milestones, achievements, hobbies and family.  This essay addresses some aspects of Who Am I? that are important, but which I…

Who Am I? A tool to help build a Team

A decade ago, when I joined my local Rotary club, part of the initiation process required that I introduce myself to the club in a 4 minute presentation  – what they call a Who Am I?  I wanted mine to be a little different from others I’d seen, so my wife Mary Anne joined me on…

Kilimanjaro

This post follows my previous post on Intent  in which I described how I divided my Intent for my trip to Tanzania into four levels.  Here, after I briefly introduce who we were and what we did, I describe my adventure in terms of the four levels of Intent I had decided upon before leaving.…

INTENT?

A month or so ago, I mentioned to my friend Emily that in a few weeks, I would be joining some friends to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, and then afterwards, we’d go on a short safari. She responded with the standard “Awesome! Wonderful! Good luck!” And then she paused, looked at me, and asked, “Why?” My…

Living Heroically

What does it mean to Live Heroically?      This is not a question most people think much about or ask themselves, since most of us think of “heroes” and “heroics” as referring to other people. Even “real heroes” think that way! But making this question personal by  asking ourselves: “Am I living heroically? How…

The One Thing

I was invited to speak again this year at Mark Divine’s Unbeatable Mind Academy in Carlsbad, California.   I chose to speak about The One Thing, inspired by that famous scene in the movie City Slickers, in which Curly (played by Jack Palance) holds up one finger to Billy Crystal and tells him that the meaning…

The Slap in the Face

Recently I did something I’ve never done before – I flew across country to attend a memorial service.  In this case, it was for a close friend – Tim Holden – who at the peak of health, energy and vitality (age 64) was suddenly and tragically killed in a bicycle accident. His death was a…