Nobody likes to look dumb. In fact, most of us work pretty hard at looking smart. It's cool, we all do it. I know I do. But what if the key to success was not being smart and successful all the time? What if we became better at what we did because we took a risk and looked bad once in a while? I recently read Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang … [Read more...] about Look Dumb & Win Contest
In 1975, Keith Jarrett, a world-renowned jazz pianist, was scheduled to play a concert at the Koln Concert Hall in Germany. Unfortunately, the piano he was supposed to play was all wrong. It was too small, sounded tinny, out of tune and the pedals tended to stick. At first, Jarrett refused to play. Who wants to be asked to create something … [Read more...] about 20 Ways Being in Debt Can Make You More Creative
When I wrote about things falling apart last year, I was talking about my husband being laid off from his $100,000 engineering job. At the time, it seemed like the end of the world and looking back, it really was. For a long time, things just kept getting worse. Phil was laid off from two different jobs in one year; we drained most of our … [Read more...] about Sometimes Good Things Fall Apart: Starting Over
I don’t know about anyone else but 2015 was a crappy year for us. Like seven plagues of Egypt crappy. There was the rain and hail storms that punched holes in our roof and siding. Then there was the economic downturn that cost my husband his job – twice. And then there was the family crisis that ended with bitter words and abandoned … [Read more...] about Year 2016 – New Year’s Revolution
It’s a brand new year and people every where are busily going about their New Year’s resolutions. They are going to the gym, attending church, being nicer to mom and building budgets. It’s the same thing every year and we’re all really great at it for the first three weeks for January. After that, most of us start falling back into our old … [Read more...] about Are New Year’s Resolutions Worth It?