Goals versus By-Products

English: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Li...

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” Eleanor Roosevelt       Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum ID #65732 Eleanor Roosevelt at United Nations. Photo credit: Wikipedia  

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[Life Back West] April 2014 – Riding Up Front?


When you’re a kid in a car culture like the USA, a major life milestone is the time when you get to ride up front. It’s not exactly adulthood, but looks like the same neighborhood; out of the back seat, associated with kiddie car seats and “baby” status, and into a view from the front like […]

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Barrier Busters

The Catch: Willie Mays hauls in Vic Wertz's dr...

“Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.” Willie Mays   The Catch: Willie Mays hauls in Vic Wertz’s drive at the warning track in the 1954 World Series. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)  

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Never Say Never

Lindsay Lohan

We – you and me – sometimes draw a hard line in the sand. Most of them, like what waves at the beach do to sandcastles, end up being washed away. It’s a smarter practice to draw a soft line with a qualifiers – words like “unlikely,” “maybe,” and “probably” unless you’re willing to go […]

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“There is no more neutrality in the world.  You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.”     Eldridge Cleaver  Photo credit Lulu Vision

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Do You Have the Right Stuff?


It happens. You find what you think is the perfect co-founder, core team, spouse, or even executive coach and they say, “I may not be right for you.” Successful match-making is part timing, part skills, experience and interests, and part karma. The fact of that matter is that great combinations don’t just happen, they take […]

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[Life Back West] March 2014 – The Six O’Clock Club


Ask any priest, competitive athlete like Michael Jordan, or experienced traveler. Rituals done with intent bring meaning to life. They also work, doing things like boosting performance and making things go better. Francesca Gino and Michael I. Norton noted in Scientific American that “investigations by psychologists have revealed intriguing new results demonstrating that rituals can have […]

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Booking photo of Parks

“Conviction is worthless unless it’s converted into conduct.” Thomas Carlyle Booking photo of Parks. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

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How to Win

Barbara Jordan, member of the U.S. House of Re...

“If you’re going to play the game properly, you’d better know every rule.” Barbara Jordan Barbara Jordan, member of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-Texas). Photo credit: Wikipedia

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The Hiring Interview: Beware the Boast or You’ll Be Toast!

Toast, toasted

We’re all aware that we live in a land of chronic spin. Things aren’t just good, they’re “terrific.” When it comes to hiring, it always pays to hire the person who will perform in the job, not the best boaster. Here’s how: Hiring candidates that perform, research at Google has reaffirmed, is best done through […]

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