Posts Tagged ‘Originality’

…i can see your house from here

August 26, 2012 1 comment

As I was taking a trip with the family, we drove through the mountains of PA. For those that have taken a trip across this state, it’s partially awesome and mostly annoying….great views and terrible road closures/delays.

As we were driving over a massive bridge, I looked from side to side . I began to take in the majesty of the trees, mountains and towns below (while listening to my favorite Spotify playlist)…thinking all in the van were asleep. To my surprise, my six year-old proclaimed, “daddy, I can see the whole world from here!”

Now, I know that this kid is smart enough to understand that there is more to the world than what is around her. I imagine, it was the best creative proclamation that she could muster in order to convey her feelings.

Perspective is something that I feel very passionate about…very passionate. Did I mention how passionate?

How many times in our daily lives do we react to a situation or interact with those around us with blinders on to what’s beyond? Better yet, how often do we take the time to ensure that our response is appropriate to the situation?

Enjoy the moment, take in what is around you – but realize that there is so much more…just takes time, effort and desire to seek it out.

..make wise choices,



May 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Motivation to overcome challenges comes from many places. I often look to examples where I can convey this in a fashion that I would be comfortable teaching my children. I realize that conveying the importance of a Bug Out Bag, for instance to a 5-year-old is probably not the best example so I have a much simpler one.

I was having coffee this morning on my deck, as I often do on Saturdays as I watched my 1-year old play with his ball through a window. Now, he and this ball have been having an ongoing battle of wits – a power struggle of control over the playroom. I watched him progress from sidestepping away from the ball whenever it came within a comfortable proximity, graduate to him yelling at it, finally to assault. This red ball was his Moriarty, his Voldemort…his Nemesis.

I can draw parallels to my own experiences and say that many of the challenges that I have faced and crushed, were done so because I compartmentalized the situation into an quantifiable entity. Sometimes, these were based on real people, others instances were of fictional derivations.  If you can humanize a challenge, then you can almost certainly always defeat it!

So tell me, what is your challenge, and more importantly…who is your nemesis?


…make wise choices


…don’t poop your pants

January 7, 2012 Leave a comment

As I was leaving for a trip the other day, my 4 year-old daughter and I had a conversation that ended in a peculiar way. Not odd for a 4-year old, I imagine, as she confidently said “see you later daddy hope you poop your pants.”

I gave her a chuckle and reassured her that I would not (this time) and went on my merry way. I actually thought about this for both airport layovers that day.

What’s the point here?

How we leave a conversation is just as important as how we start one. How many times have we thoughtfully engaged in a conversation with an individual or a group, only to disengage in a fashion that did not match the conversational ingress.

Maybe it was due to time constraints, maybe the information exchange was sufficient or maybe you just didn’t want to talk (or listen) any longer. Provide sufficient thought to how you disengage as that will often leave a lasting impression.

…make wise choices,


…tell me a story

December 22, 2011 Leave a comment

When you speak – does someone listen because they have to or is it because they are compelled to comprehend your message?

Strive for the latter by engaging your audience with an articulated, well-balanced story – delivering your point concisely.

Everyone loves stories – no one loves dry pedantic dribble.

…make wise choices,

…free estimates

July 8, 2011 Leave a comment

I observed something interesting on the highway this morning. A repair truck with free estimates for services written prominently on the side of the truck. The interesting thing was that the fact that the company was around for 40 years, was A+ BBB rated and was available 24 x 7 was all in fine print…like it did not matter.

Who, in their right mind would actually pay for an estimate? Some folks just don’t seem to understand what motivates others’…this is true in workplace as well as outside the workplace.

Get to know what motivates you….get to know what motivates those around you…and whatever you do – don’t overstate the obvious!

…make wise choices.



…we are paper plates

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Not in the literal sense of course, nor did I mean to imply that everyone is trash after a single use. My point is that there is enough commonality in the world that certain job functions and roles are very much interchangeable and ultimately are easily replaced.

Standout, commit to and deliver on those committments!

…make wise choices.



May 29, 2011 Leave a comment

As much as this may upset folks – using quotes from other individuals is a lazy way to convey your beliefs. If you have an opinion that you cannot clearly express – spend the time to refine your expressions versus stealing someone’s eloquence. Using a quote to help cement your perspective? Sure – but a quote and nothing else – lazy.

There is nothing worse (in my humble opinion) than seeing someone substitute thoughtfulness with a quote in order to convey their point – rather than just take the time…

…make wise choices.


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