Don’t Pass Up Those Free Points…

A Lesson Learned the Hard Way

A new semester has begun, and students are trying to shake off a summer of fun, re-immersing themselves into a new schedule. For the new college freshman, this means entering an entire different environment-one where they are no longer under the care  of their parents…at least not when it comes to the issue of grades. FERPA guarantees […]

I Don’t Know What to Do with the Rest of my Life!!!

Four Success Tips for New College Students

In 1982, I was a newly minted 18-year old college freshman. I was coming off four of the most exhilarating and emotional years of my life (high school), and everything that I thought I knew was suddenly turned upside down. My closest friends had all moved away to go to college. The disciplined routine that […]

Getting Back on Track

What Do You Do When Your Life is Derailed?

Early one Saturday morning when I was nine years old, I experienced the adventurous exhilaration of watching a train as it derailed in front of my house. Something sounded slightly amiss as the familiar rumble of the train grew closer and louder, so I pulled back the curtains to watch it pass. As I did, […]

When the Wise Pursue Foolishness

A Fable About How a Wise Man Regained His Wisdom

…in a kingdom far, far away, there lived a man named Noway. Noway was a well-respected man in the kingdom. While not wealthy, he had many friends who often asked for his wisdom and teaching in various aspects of their lives. Noway and his wife had many children, all of whom adored their father and […]

[Book Review]: “H3 Leadership” by Brad Lomenick

Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle

Seventeen years ago, my friend Judy handed me John Maxwell’s classic book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” As a fledgling leader eager to grow and learn, this was like pouring cold, refreshing water on a thirsty plant. I devoured the book in a day and have referred back to it countless times in my quest to […]

Think You Don’t Have Time to Read? Think Again…

Four Reasons Why You Need to Read Regularly

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” ~Harry S Truman According to an article by Jeff Jarvis, the number of books being read by the average American is on the decline. He states the following statistics: One-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives; 58% […]

Three Helpful Tips to Avoid Cramming for Your Next Exam

I gazed wearily at the pile of books in front of me… “So much to do!” My eyes traveled to the clock on the wall, as I completed the thought, “And SO little time!” When I was a college student, my inclination when I was this overwhelmed was to ignore the problem. I figured that […]

Four Things to Bring to Class to Start Out the Semester on the Right Foot

(and Two Things NOT to Bring!)

As the end of August approaches, young minds turn from the fun activities of summer toward more educational pursuits. Many recent high school graduates look ahead with excitement (and a bit of apprehension) to the beginning of a college career-not quite sure what to expect, but eager to charge ahead into the unknown future. As […]

[BOOK REVIEW]: “The Navy SEAL Art of War” by Rob Roy

Leadership Lessons from the World's Most Elite Fighting Force

I initially balked when offered the chance to read and review* The Navy SEAL Art of War. While I have tremendous respect for the warriors who protect our country by their service in the Navy SEALs, I wasn’t quite sure how a business and leadership book written by a Chief Petty Officer (and former member […]

What Makes a Good Man Become Great?

A Tribute to My Father

My father was a great man… Last year, I wrote a blog about how frustrated I would get with my dad when I took him grocery shopping. His seemingly obsessive need to go to multiple stores just so that he could save a few pennies here and there on milk, bottled water, and other necessities […]