Reasons to give thanks

Reasons to Give Thanks

  This is the season to be thankful.  We know that being thankful and grateful is one of the most powerful advantages in life.  Below are 10 reasons why we all should be more thankful — all the time.  I have highlighted my favorites below, and added a few from my personal reasons: –The most thankful, most grateful people have… Read more →


  Giving condolences is not easy. Sometimes the sympathy we try to share with grieving friends and loved ones creates more damage from overlooking or simply not knowing how to comfort them. There is an art to condolence.  Please don’t say something just to be saying anything (especially comparisons). Being speechless is better than sharing misguided phrases/comparisons.  Here are a few… Read more →


Appreciating Appreciation

  I started reading Michael Josephson years ago.  He gives me LIFEies for myself.  Today I wanted to share one of his previous What Will Matter entries that resurfaced recently. Like Michael, I have come to gratitude and appreciation later in life.  Striving, Achievement, and Success were always my top priorities.  We can have all those AND still be grateful.  The more I appreciate,… Read more →


Lasting Relationships Rely On Two Traits

  I have been married to my wife Tracy for 27 years, and in that time I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to sustain a happy and long-lasting relationship. The below article sums it up great. To create long-lasting relationships, you need just two things: kindness and generosity. It’s that simple.  Living The Fantastic Life involves great relationships. Join me in turning… Read more →

10.31.16 aging

Why Everything You Think About Aging May Be Wrong

  What if what we have been taught about aging is wrong?  What if we can grow old and still be young?  I believe the below Wall Street Journal article is required reading for me and all of us as we grow older. Here are a few ways we can flourish: –Our creativity can increase–We can see no loss in our work production–We can work out less and still see… Read more →

10.24.16 Enough is enough

Enough is Enough

  I think about this week’s topic every single day. What is it that I want?  What is it that I need?  In today’s society, conventional thinking goes like this: I need a car to get to work.  I want a BMW.  I need a BMW.   Rule two of living the Fantastic Life is having the clarity to know what you need and… Read more →

10.17.16 adult skills every 18 year old

Adult Skills Every 18-Year-Old Should Have

  With my LIFEies, I try to cover all demographics. Today, the focus is on young adults. As the father of four, ages 18-25, I loved the list below. I have commented on a few.  Social Skills: Emotional intelligence–Get away from your phone.  Talk to real people. Mobility: Getting around on your own. Prioritization: Action Priority List—Almost all of my interns stink at… Read more →

9.19.16 Letting People Go

Letting People Go

  We all need to continue to grow throughout our life. Grow or die. Simple. The people in our lives are the same. We grow, we change, and sometimes we need to let people go. Below is a great article describing eight reasons to let people go. I have done this throughout my life and find these are my top three reasons to… Read more →