Life Lessons

Tedious Small Talk

Tedious Small Talk

  Want to live a more engaged life?  Change the way you make small talk.  Why not become more interested AND interesting? Here is how: Don’t answer simple questions with dead-end replies (How are you?—Fine).  Rather, ask thoughtful questions. Keep conversations moving vertically (How was your sunrise this morning?  What was the highlight of your day?) Socializing and an ability to communicate will enhance your… Read more →

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Embrace Boundaries

  We talk a lot about people having work-life balance. It’s always positioned as a good thing, something to strive towards so you can “have it all.” But we never step back and ask ourselves, “What exactly is work-life balance, and is it really working for me?” Last week, I introduced the topic of a sandbox. In his article, Chip… Read more →

6 Things I Learned From My Mom (they probably aren’t what you are thinking)

  After 17 years battling Parkinson’s, my mom passed away quietly on January 31. In his wonderful book, The Art of Living, Thich Nhat Hanh presents a concept called Interbeing.  Interbeing is the thought that we are all a continuation of the world especially our parents.  My mother is with me every day, as I wake up and as I go about my… Read more →

Getting What You Deserve

As a parent of college graduates, I talk with my kids fondly about formal education and the great experiences you have over that time. But here is an important reminder about work—it’s not school. It’s not fair. You don’t always get what you deserve. So how do you make sure you get what you deserve in the real world?  Below, Victor Cheng… Read more →