Fear of Aging

Fear of Aging

Q: I’m terribly afraid of aging. I’m only in my forties, but I think about it a lot. Is there anything you can do to help? A: You’re aging — we’re all aging — from the minute we’re born. Ruminating about something over which...
Valentine’s Day Reflections

Valentine’s Day Reflections

Valentine’s Day is a great way to celebrate a love you already have. But if it’s a way to make up for your lack of appreciating your love the rest of the year, you better do some thinking. A true love relationship is one that is worth celebrating all year...
Complicating the Obvious

Complicating the Obvious

Engineers who design computerized products and services seem to have an almost fanatical determination to avoid using plain English. It is understandable when complicated processes require complicated operations. But when the very simplest things are designed with...
2015: A Great Time To Be Alive

2015: A Great Time To Be Alive

Terrorism! Crime! Deadly storms! Hillary Clinton! We reporters focus on bad news, but at year’s end, let’s remember what went right. 2015 was a better time to be alive than most any prior point in history. The rich got richer. Some people think...
Looking Back

Looking Back

  After my 85th birthday last week, I looked back over my life and was surprised to discover in how many different ways I had been lucky, in addition to some other ways in which I was unlucky. Among the things I did not know at the time was that I was adopted as...
Hard Goals: The Science of Extraordinary Achievement

Hard Goals: The Science of Extraordinary Achievement

Hard Goals: The Science of Extraordinary Achievement by Mark Murphy is an excellent book on goal-setting, well worth reading by any ambitious person. The title is intended as a filter: if it scares you off, you shouldn’t read this book, because there are no easy...
The Death of Robin Williams

The Death of Robin Williams

When you learn of the suicide of a talented person, the typical reaction is, “How could this happen?” Underlying the question is the idea, “Someone with all this talent, success, wealth and accomplishment could not have done this.” If the most immediate and deepest...
Thinking Tip: Reset Your Counter

Thinking Tip: Reset Your Counter

Here’s an excellent piece of advice I got from small-business coach Mark LeBlanc: Whatever you are tracking–time spent during the day, exercise periods during the week, or sales during the month, make sure you reset your counter mentally at the end of the...
Purpose in life: “the poetry of work”

Purpose in life: “the poetry of work”

In a recent column, “Labours of love,” Robert Fulford writes “an ode to those who take pride in their work.” He observes moving company workers, a street car driver, and others who are outstanding in their work as opposed to doing just the acceptable minimum. Fulford...
The Producer Vs. the President

The Producer Vs. the President

The company created by Steve Jobs (1955-2011), whose authorized biography is published in softcover today, is making news again. So is the president, Barack Obama, made possible by the New Left, who is to speak to the country tonight to preach faith in statism and...

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