Personal Development

“Dad, there’s always great weather after a storm.”

“Dad, there’s always great weather after a storm.” I was sitting on my balcony in Florida Sunday afternoon, thinking too much about life and career and how the heck I got to where I am despite some really turbulent times in life and career. And then these storm clouds rolled in. Some serious and ominous …

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Spend more time with your successes, not your failures.

Focus more on your successes, not the failures. These framed pieces are hanging outside of my son’s bedroom. Every time he leaves his room he sees them. One is his Associate’s Degree from Montgomery County Community College, the other is his Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State. He didn’t graduate at 22, he graduated at 26. …

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Be careful not to overplay your strengths.

Strengths, if overplayed, can become weaknesses. This conversation last week reminded me of that: Me: “I hope you don’t mind that I repainted the Bilco doors with Rustoleum.” Kristin: “Why would I mind?” Me: “I’m always looking for ways to improve stuff and wanted to make sure you were OK with this.” While it’s good …

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I loved every bruise, cut, strained hamstring and broken finger.

I played tons of organized sports growing up…baseball, soccer, basketball. I also played tons of street hockey and touch football. I would’ve loved to play organized hockey in a league but there weren’t many rinks to be found in NE Philly in the 70’s. And I would’ve loved to play football in a league, too, …

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Your career (and life) defining moments.

You’ll have them but may not recognize them when they’re happening. But they’ll happen. And when you look back with perspective you’ll say “wow”. I knew someone whose sole mission was to be mired in middle management, make a good living but have little expected of him so as not to put him in a …

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