If I Just Had Five More Minutes

“I am definitely going to take a course on time management . . . just as soon as I can work it into my schedule.” Louis E. Boone Are you busy? Who isn’t in today’s world? Do you really have time to even read this article? It will take you less than five minutes. Still, it represents part of your day. How often within an average week are you confronted with a situation or decision where you wish you just had five more minutes to contemplate? ‘If, I just had five more minutes, I could … [Read more...]


“I write in a journal daily. This extraordinary ritual has revolutionized my mindset, transformed my heart set, and generally influenced my life exponentially.”  Robin S. Sharma, J.D. In a previous newsletter, I wrote about the importance of keystone habits to a successful life. According to Benjamin Hardy, author of Willpower Doesn’t Work, the best keystone habit is journaling. As someone who journals, I can personally confirm how it has made a huge difference in my life. Hardy identifies … [Read more...]

Timeless Truths

“So with old age is wisdom, and with length of days understanding.”Job 12:12 Once a week, I schedule some time to scroll through the Facebook postings from family and friends. A great way to get updated on the news of the special people with whom I like to communicate. Sometimes, it provides inspiration and challenges. A post from Sharon Kling, a special friend for over four decades, caught my immediate attention -- she shared a Tibetan Proverb: “The secret to living well and longer is: … [Read more...]

More Production In Doing Less

“Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more.” Henry Ford In our busy world, we are often faced with the challenge of not having enough time needed to accomplish all the tasks that require our attention. Like it or not, we end up making choices.  In pondering the challenge of time, I found an article worth investigating, titled 7 Things You Need to Stop Doing to be More Productive, Backed by Science.  I was compelled to read the article because of two elements in the title:  … [Read more...]

Powerful Practice

The most powerful success principle of the 21stCentury is available to you right now – you can start using it today.  I was reminded of this powerful practice during a recent weekend when our oldest granddaughter, Gabrielle, brought four of her friends to stay with us during their visit to Mobile. I love to interact with young people. And, the experience is a bonus if one of the guests happens to be a grandchild. One morning, while eating breakfast, I asked if any of them were involved in … [Read more...]

Your Future

“Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now.” Mattie J. T. Stepanek (1990-2004) Strategy is one of my favorite topics. For as long as I can remember, I have always thought in the long-term.  In grammar school, I can remember wanting to one day be a business entrepreneur. Setting goals for the future is definitely one of my strengths. It is in my wheelhouse. Even if you do not relate to my passion for this topic, or lack skills in this area, most of us … [Read more...]

Don’t Give Up

“One of the secrets of a successful life is to be able to hold all of our energies upon one point, to focus all of the scattered rays of the mind upon one place or thing. “     Orison Swett Marden, M.D. Goals become a bigger part of our conversation during the first few months of each new year.  By February, many of us have already given up on our New Year’s resolutions. Forget the time of the year because goals can be sidelined at any point in our lives. We may have been really good for a … [Read more...]


“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.” George Eliot Stepping forward, I extend my hand in greeting, saying, “My name is Rob Hackbarth, a member of the Midtown Optimist Club.”  Recognizing the name of our club, she cheerfully says, “the luncheon!”  Nodding my head, I warmly reply “Yes.”My wife Carol gives her a hug and seconds later we are walking up the aisle toward the rear of the church.  I whisper to Carol, “She remembered!” Carol insisted that we go to … [Read more...]

Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is important.” Steve Jobs We are busy people in a very busy world. Electronic gadgets consume us. A device has been created to do anything you want it to do. If it does not exist, just wait a few … [Read more...]

Do We Ever Graduate?

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."  Seneca the Younger We are hosting a graduation party for our oldest grandchild, Gabrielle. She has invited friends and we have extended invitations to many family members. Earlier this year, she walked across the stage to receive her diploma in Interior Design from Auburn University. A proud moment for parents and grandparents. Is it over? Absolutely not. It is only the beginning. She has just started on a new leg of her life. … [Read more...]