Category: Lessons For My Kids

  • Good for kids, good for adults

    https://characterlab.org/tips-of-the-week/sample-then-specialize/ The above article is about kids. Have them sample lots of activities and *IF* one of them grabs their interest, then specialize. Adults and jobs is the same concept. It is ok to bounce around in different jobs. Only if one of them grabs your interest should you focus there. Don’t worry about a […]

  • Procrastination: A short explanation

    In case you haven’t seen it, this is an excellent and hilarious (they are not mutually exclusive) explanation on how procrastination works and why some tasks are more prone to it.

  • One Person’s Experience

    Folks, the below email was forwarded to me from a friend of mine. It is an email sent by her son to their family. It is posted here with permission. I know the writer. One of the (several) sentences that is a gut punch for me is: “…fails to capture the everyday indignities that are […]

  • Thankfulness

    Today is Thanksgiving, a time to be thankful.  I am very thankful for my health. Knock on wood, I have dodged severe health issues.  I am very thankful for my family. The household I grew up in had love and books, both of which, through zero effort on my part, set me on a good […]

  • Yeah, I suck, but I’ll get better…

    I subscribe to the Havard Business Review (HBR) Management Tip Of The Day. About half the time, it is something that is applicable to my situation. This particular one hits both my work and my writing. The underlining below is mine. HBR Management Tip Of The Day When You’re Learning, You Should Feel Uncomfortable Being […]

  • Laugh lines by age 40

    Laugh lines by age 40

    Saw an ad on TV the other day for wrinkle removal. They called them crow’s feet or laugh lines. I’m not going to get into the larger women, appearance, society conversation as there are better posts by smarter people covering that topic. What I want to do is write in defense of laugh lines. First, […]

  • Signal To Noise: Managing what comes at you

    In telecommunications, the concept of Signal To Noise Ratio has been around for a long time. The basic concept is the signal (what you are trying to communicate) and the noise (all the crap that isn’t the signal) are related. The higher the ratio of signal to noise, the better. High ratio: more signal, less […]

  • Inbox: friend or foe

    If your job doesn’t fundamentally depend on your email*, then ask yourself if you control your email or if email controls you. Our Email Is A Monster (Oatmeal). Some ideas to consider: No matter how focused you are, when that little window flashes up in the corner of your screen or your phone beeps, you […]

  • Self Help

    There are lots of articles on the web talking about this way and that way to improve your life, home, work, diet, productivity, whatever. Pay attention to how long the author has been doing whatever they are selling. All too often, it is measured in weeks or months. Show me someone who has been using […]

  • Lessons for my kids #32

    Anytime you fill out a form and send in to someone, make sure to keep a copy for yourself. Keep in mind that your phone can take a good photo of a sheet or paper. You can also print a web form to a PDF on most computers. Name it something that will make it […]

  • Oxygen

    There are thousands of self-help books out there. However, the single most useful self-help concept is said on every flight every day: “Put your own oxygen mask on before assisting others.”