Go Pro

What do writers do when they don’t have an idea to write about? What do runners do when they just don’t feel like running? What about the salesperson who doesn’t want to prospect? I guess that depends on a few things—like commitment and determination. Maybe vision as well. As one of my favorite writers, Steven Pressfield,[…]

As Luck Would Have It

I have been thinking about how much control I have in my search for success opposed to what I don’t have control over. For the most part, much to my chagrin, there is a great deal I can do. I say much to my chagrin because it means I have a degree of responsibility for[…]

Sweet Success

My muse likes sugar.   I like sugar also, which makes for a great partnership. Often when I sit down to tackle a particularly ambitious piece of writing, something that is going to keep me at my laptop for a couple of hours, it helps to dose up on sugar first.   Sugar appeases the muse, jump starts my mind and gives me that boost[…]

Success And Cookies

When it comes to success, it seems like I am always looking for some secret formula to follow, some prescribed set of steps that will guarantee my outcome. When it comes down to it, I just want someone to tell me what I need to do that will make me successful. If I do XYZ,[…]

Total Eclipse? Not In My Neighborhood.

I watched the solar eclipse yesterday. Although it was a total eclipse for a swath of the continental US, from my location in Salt Lake City, it was a 90.3% eclipse. Those who traveled north into Idaho had the opportunity to experience the whole enchilada. The Totality. I work at a place full of science[…]

Sold On An Attitude

The late and great Zig Zigler was known as one of the greatest sales and motivational speakers of our time. I recently finished reading one of his books, The Secrets of Closing the Sale: Included Bonus: Selling with Emotional Logic, written by both Zig and his son Tom. Actually, I listened to it, mostly on[…]

The War Of Art

I just finished re-reading another great little book, The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield. I have read it several times now. This time I read it for a book club. It’s a guy’s book club. Not that women aren’t allowed or have not been invited. But so far, only guys have shown up. We[…]

A Project Begins And Ends But A Journey Starts

If you read my last post, you know I have been writing about attitudes—and shoes. If that doesn’t make sense to you, go read the post. I am going to address why I have been thinking about attitudes so much lately. It was a year or so ago, but who is counting? Actually not a[…]

New Shoes & Attitudes

I have found that shoes and attitudes have a lot in common. I like shoes. It comes naturally. My father was a shoe repairman, as was his father, and his grandfather. Shoes are a family business. I grew up going to my father’s shoe shop and playing with equipment that would send shivers down a[…]

How You Doin, Y’all?

“How you doin?” I picked up this little phrase on my most recent trip to New York City. Not that I hadn’t heard it before, but it was on this last trip there that I decided to make it a part of my occasional vocabulary—much like “y’all” became a part of my vocabulary after living[…]