Fifty-four years ago today, on November 22nd, 1963, American President John F. Kennedy was killed as he travelled in his open-car motorcade through Dallas, Texas.
Before he entered politics, he joined the navy. One night the wooden boat he was in was split in half by a Japanese war ship and the back injury JFK received plagued him for the rest of his life. But as the leader that night, he had to take care of his men. He towed one injured sailor, swimming through spilled fuel and waves, to safety. For this act he received the Purple Heart. Continue reading
William Shakespeare said, “Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.”
As much as we think we’ll be happiest when we reach the top of the mountain, we are actually happiest on the journey.
Joy’s soul lies in the doing. Continue reading
In The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield said, “Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.” Continue reading
John Lennon sang, “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” So often we are laser focused on what we think should be happening and we miss what is really going on. Our very own story. Our quest. Our legacy. Continue reading
Author R.A. Salvatore said, “I have come to know that death is an important thing to keep in mind – not to complain or to make melancholy, but simply because only with the honest knowledge that one day I will die can I ever truly begin to live.” Continue reading
I realized the other day that there is always something. Those thoughts we worry about. It could be a pain in our body. But we forget about that when there is an issue at work. And then that gets an override from something our child is going through. Next it could be our parents or spouse, a fallout with a friend, or an unplanned payment on a house or car. In the end, all the worry we put into each issue just gets washed away without accomplishing anything. The issue is often still there but we have moved on from it. And the energy we invested was wasted. Continue reading
When people think of Bill Gates, they often focus on the fact that he started Microsoft and is one of the wealthiest people in the world. And those things are true.
But he was also a kid with a passion for technology before the dawn of computers as we know them today. When he was a student at Harvard, he heard about the launch of the first personal computer called the MITS Altair. From his university room, he called the president of that company and said he had written the programming language for that computer and asked if the president would like to see it. The president said yes and booked a meeting. Continue reading
My 14-year-old son wants to make movies. He said to me the other day, “The story is king. It’s everything.”
I agree. When you hear a story about someone being successful, or surviving an illness, or overcoming enormous odds to make their dreams come true, it inspires you. It reminds you that anything is possible. That you can do it just like they did it. Continue reading
Last night the streets were covered with goblins and princesses, skeletons and superheroes.
My 14-year-old son even went out and came back saying, “Wow. I feel like a kid again.”
The idea that for one night, young people can collect and eat all the candy they want is beyond exciting. Ask and you shall receive. A dream come true. Continue reading
I read something the other day about creating opportunity and it reminded me how we all have a role in our own success.
Opportunity doesn’t always knock on the door. I was speaking at a school a few weeks back and I told the students that someone is not going to walk into the school hallways and announce, “We need a student on a full scholarship to attend our university. You there, come with me. You have the position.” We have to make things happen. Continue reading