The Day I Lost My Cool but Got Something Better in Return
Apr10

The Day I Lost My Cool but Got Something Better in Return

I was a dork as a kid. Gangly, awkward. A spectacular clutz. Feet and ears too big for my body. Not quite Alfred E. Neuman, but close. Most of the time I wore high-water jeans that showed four inches of white gym socks. Not by choice, mind you, but I was growing so fast that my mom couldn’t afford to keep me in clothes that fit. It would’ve broken the bank. But there was a time in 5th grade when I was the coolest kid in school. Or at...

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Three Ways You Can Overcome Fear of Public Speaking
Feb13

Three Ways You Can Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

I’ve been thinking lately about stage fright. Mainly because I’ve spent the last several weeks rehearsing and performing in a play at a local professional theatre. It’s the reason why I haven’t written in awhile. When I first began speaking and acting in my early teens I experienced terrific stage fright. Almost crippling. Dry mouth. Sweaty palms. Near panic attacks. Sound familiar? Do you get nervous like that...

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Growing Up Black: Two Men Tell Me about Life Near Ferguson
Jan16

Growing Up Black: Two Men Tell Me about Life Near Ferguson

In the aftermath of the events in Ferguson, I’ve decided to do what most people recommend but few actually do: I’ve begun talking about race with those who are different from me. I’m a white man who grew up in a white town. So, I am incapable of understanding what it’s like to grow up as a black man in the urban core. Just as I don’t know what it’s like to grow up Santhal in India. But I want to...

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Stop Making Excuses for Always Being Late
Dec14

Stop Making Excuses for Always Being Late

If you are one of those people who consistently arrive late for planned meetings, I have a request on behalf of your family, friends, and co-workers: Stop it. Just stop. I say this as someone who was once the chronically-late guy. I offered the same excuses that you probably use: “Sorry I’m running late…I’ve just got too many balls in the air” or “Traffic was terrible.” Poppycock. I was late because I chose to be late....

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The Best Financial Strategy for People in their 20s (and older folks too)
Nov19

The Best Financial Strategy for People in their 20s (and older folks too)

I have no one to blame but myself. My Uncle Rodge gave me sound financial advice when I was still in my teens, but I ignored it: Greg…sock away money every month and don’t touch it. Tap into the power of compounding interest. You won’t believe how your money can grow.” I didn’t listen. And now I’m kicking myself. Compounding simply means you earn interest on your interest. It is the single best financial strategy for people in their...

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A Lesson in Grit from the Greatest Heavyweight Champion You’ve Never Heard Of
Oct26

A Lesson in Grit from the Greatest Heavyweight Champion You’ve Never Heard Of

Are you about to throw in the towel? Before you do, let me tell you a story. A story about a former heavyweight champion of the world. A man with grit. You probably have never heard of James J. Corbett. But you should. His story is one of tenacity, of persevering through sheer force of will. It’s a story of grit. Corbett fought in one of the longest bouts in boxing history. It inspired him to say what has become one of my...

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