Personal Branding

Personal Branding Right now it’s a pretty safe bet y’all think I’m talking about marketing, media and the effort to establish your position, image and impression in your chosen field. Well then consider this a Bait and Switch masterfully accomplished. I’m actually talking about tattoos. Allow me to explain myself. Actually, I suppose this is really a suggestion that you consider explaining YOURself…in the form of expertly applied artwork to your birthday suit. While I am not advocating that everybody should go out and get themselves permanently inked, it does beg the question; what do you believe in so strongly…so...
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Avatar Advice

Avatar Advice? When I first saw the movie Avatar I will say I enjoyed it. It wasn’t an “OMG, that’s the most amazing movie I’ve ever seen!” kind of thing, but it was certainly entertaining. But there was a scene in the movie that left me with that head cocked, “huh?” sort of expression on my face. A movie moment that was intended to be poignant but to me seemed awkward and oddly placed. But for some curious reason I have pondered it over time and the phrase that at one time seemed peculiar I now realize is deeply profound....
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Why “Good” isn’t good enough.

Why “Good” isn’t good enough. Now at first this sounds a bizarre and relatively unwise declaration. We all long for what is good. A good spouse or significant other, a good job, good investments, good kids, good grades, a good 401-k, good friends, a good vacation, a good movie, a good golf score, good hair, a good book and occasionally a good bottle of wine. By all accounts, good, seems an impressive goal worthy of our efforts and attention. But odd as it may sound, I have learned across time and experience that good is often our greatest mistake. Time...
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Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right.

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right. As a kid growing up, if I heard this phrase once I heard it a thousand times. I remember my mother saying it more often than perhaps I should admit and I always thought it sounded like a bunch a mumbo jumbo. A thought that confused me and seemed above my adolescent pay grade. And because I didn’t really get it, I chose to ignore the concept for the most part. I went about my business continuing to proclaim things as the need arose like “he hit me first” or “so and so did...
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Your Resume

Your resume. Down here in the desert the school year wraps up insanely early. Likely because it is hotter than Hades and everyone is trying to get out of the insufferable heat and find an alternative venue for the summer months. But as the school year came to a close, it marked a significant weigh point in our lives. Our oldest daughter graduated from eighth grade and this incredible milestone ushered in an immense amount of pride and also an important pause and wonderful reflection on what has been my life’s work thus far. If I might indulge myself for...
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True Grit

True Grit I mentioned in the last post something I have thought a great deal about and not just lately. It has been a topic, a question, that I have wondered on many a time. And my wondering ways have led me to nostalgically inquire, “Where has our “grittiness” gone?” I have been watching with worry and a growing alarm what seems to be a lack of grit, determination and resolve that have become the concerning norm. Just last week our oldest daughter was interviewing her grandma Mimi. Asking her questions and listening to her childhood remembrances of WWII. The...
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Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution First and foremost, it is important for me to say that the inspiration for these thoughts did not come to me in the car, in the shower or in some ethereal, enlightened dream. With a five week old infant, the car is chaos, showers are taken with appalling irregularity and sleep seems some hazy recollection of something wonderful but currently forbidden. No, in this case, I am borrowing a notion that was recounted to me by a dear friend after her Pastor spoke about it in church and I found it so fascinating that I couldn’t help but...
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Who the hell do you think you are?

Who the hell do you think you are?!? This question can come to us in a multitude of ways. At times it is downright hostile or judgmental, other times shrewdly snide and condescending. Occasionally it is actually spoken yet more often than not, we feel in a discomforting, uneasy way that even though someone else may not be speaking this question to us, they are asking it in their own mind more often than not packaged in not so subtle but always charming, criticism and contempt. The self-righteousness and hypocrisy with which we are capable of treating one another can...
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Good help is SO hard to find!

It’s cliché but incredibly true nonetheless. Contrary to what we would all believe or wish to be true, great people are rare and often illusive beings. Akin to enchanted creatures of folklore and fairytales. We have wished for their existence but reluctantly discovered that they only exist in the realm of alluring legend and fantastical imagination. They are stubbornly hiding somewhere undiscovered as we wrestle with seemingly endless frustration, hiring’s, firings, and one disappointment after another. Either that or we just numbly settle for the notion that a half-assed effort is good enough and we stop expecting and demanding the...
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Going the Extra Mile…

Going the Extra Mile… Not exactly a novel, original and enticing thought. I don’t think it’s a stretch to agree on the general meaning of the phrase. The words imply our willingness to give something an extra, even unexpected, level of effort or dedication. A reasonably noble, if not uncommon concept. So what exactly got me thinking about this ideal? A Target™ parking lot. Allow me to explain. So I’m leaving Target the other day after having acquired the prerequisite Valentine’s Day paraphernalia for the kid’s classroom celebrations. Quaint little cards for them to share with their classmates along with...
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