“I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care.”      Lou Holtz Do you believe there is anything special about the number 3?  Some say it is magical. Others suggest a spiritual connection. Even if you find nothing special about the number 3, you are aware of frequent references to it. Here are some examples: Mind, body and spirit The Wizard of Oz movie themes: Brains, Courage and Heart Earth, wind and fire Three-legged stool of a … [Read more...]


“Our kids are actually doing what we told them to do when they sit in front of that TV all day or in front of that computer game all day. The society is telling kids unconsciously that nature’s in the past. It really doesn’t count anymore, that the future is in electronics, and besides, the bogeyman is in the woods.”   Richard Louv Many of my newsletter editions focus on achieving success through best practices based on positive life principles. And my definition for success is being and … [Read more...]

Make It Right

“The power of forgiveness is huge; it is really big, and it can save the world.”               Immaculee Ilibagiza You messed up. Perhaps, you did not intentionally make a mistake that caused discomfort or agony to another person. But, you still fumbled. Now, you need to make it right. But, how? We have all witnessed well-known individuals further bungling an already precarious situation while attempting to apologize to the public and to their family for an unfortunate act they have … [Read more...]


“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”    Joseph Addison On occasion, I am asked for reading material recommendations. The most influential, notable books I have read throughout my life include: The Bible Man’s Search for Meaning, Dr. Viktor Frankl The Laws of Success, Napoleon Hill The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven R. Covey The Greatest Salesman in the World, Og Mandino Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill Gung Ho, Ken Blanchard The Road Less … [Read more...]

Plant A Tree

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”  Chinese Proverb Hopefully you are different than most people. But, by now – in mid-March – many New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside for a great number of well-intentioned folks.  The fact that it is still early in the year can be an uncomfortable reminder of something we really meant to do, yet have once again failed. This year was going to be the year we get it done! Lose weight. Exercise weekly. … [Read more...]


“He listens well who takes notes.” Dante Alighieri It is one of those hot August days that we are known for in the deep South. Once again, I am enjoying one of my favorite roles - captain on an offshore fishing trip. The targeted fish is red snapper. Thanks to the regulators, the past limited nine-day red snapper season has been expanded to over forty days. A huge bonus for the recreational fishing population. We are fishing some reefs where we have caught red snapper in the past. … [Read more...]

Simple Leadership

There is a huge amount of information on leadership. If you decided to make the study of leadership a full-time job for the rest of your life, you would not be able to make a dent in reviewing the available material. The list of books on leadership is long and diverse.  American history is replete with accounts of exemplary leadership from among presidents and members of the Armed Forces. Conventions and seminars abound with workshops and keynotes on this popular topic.  Scores of … [Read more...]


“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” Robin Sharma I am a business owner. You are a business owner. Yes, all of the readers of this newsletter are business owners. And the one business that all of us own is the business of our personal life. It is the most important business you will ever own. Because of this truth, business articles that are written for business owners, also … [Read more...]


“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that is has taken place.”     George Bernard Shaw As I begin the oral presentation of my thesis, I point to the triangle on my large presentation pad, and say, “If your concept of love is a circle” – then pointing to the circle I continue, “and my concept of love is a triangle, our communication is going to be difficult because of differing definitions of the words we use.” The primary  objective  is to illustrate for my classmates … [Read more...]

Change The Light Bulb

“You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.”          Albert Einstein, Ph.D. Our grandson Philip is helping Carol (his grandmother and my wife) to get our home prepared for the family gathering for Christmas. One task involves changing the little light bulbs that are inside the huge outside globes. Simple enough, right? When Philip asks Carol how to get inside the housing that contains these tiny bulbs, her answer is delivered with full confidence – it appears she has … [Read more...]