The Reset Button

Last night I got a call from a good friend who was going through an ugly divorce. Her story was not new - twenty one years as a house wife with a slowly disintegrating marriage leading to divorce. Now she was an emotional “deer in headlights”, living on food stamps...

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Grit

I recently read a book by Angela Duckworth called "Grit".  Basically, it says that success is substantially influenced by perseverance, "keeping at it" or "sticking to it". Intuitively that makes sense. However, Ms. Duckworth conducted a study to verify the...

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The Report Card

School was out for summer and I was picking my daughter up for some Dad time. Normally Sloane was happy and excited for summer break in Florida, where she spends her days at the stables hanging with horses and other girls that love horses. This time was different. She...

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Jacqueline vs. Melania vs. My Grandmother

I'm sitting at the breakfast table of my grandmother's house. The house hasn't changed in the last 45 years and neither have the spirited debates that take place around the table. The table holds a unique power of neutrality for all those who sit around it. Anything...

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Karaoke vs. Golf

I constantly receive requests for stories about my time in the Pacific Islands running the National Development Bank of Palau.  So, here is one of my first experiences. As the new guy in town I was invited by a couple of the local power brokers to join them for a...

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We Will Feed You To The Crocodiles

"We will feed you to the crocodiles" was the warning I received from a Senator.  At first I thought this was an absurdity or joke that the Islanders of Palau played on the new guy in town. Nope, I checked. It was true. If you really pissed-off the locals they had...

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Thanks To Our Clients and L.L.Bean

I own a pair of L.L.Bean boots. They are commonly called duck boots. I've had them for over 25 years and they are a little worn, still work great and super comfortable. Over those 25 years I have had a few pair of high-tech boots and all of them are now in a trash...

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It’s Summer Time

It’s summer time and I can remember the challenge of getting that college summer job to earn some beer money.  Times have changed and now college students face the task of finding internships to gain experience for their future career. My summer jobs were pretty...

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Found On The Beach

Early in my career I worked at a large regional bank. One day a bank client stuck his head in my office and said he had a complaint: "I tried to exchange some money and the teller said she couldn't do it". Hmm, that didn't sound right, I thought to myself. I knew we...

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Stone Money

The other day a client asked me if she had enough money.  My response was “what is the purpose of the money?”  At first my question caught her off guard.  She did not get what I was asking so I explained with a story. When I was in Palau, Micronesia I went exploring...

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