Where does this piece go?

We are all trying to “puzzle” our way through life. As you piece together your identity, consider the people, communities, and values that impact you.

Shaun White, and the real story of his success

Shaun had all the ingredients to engineer his life for success. He showed early on that he had the passion, the commitment, the drive, and the willingness to work hard. But he had two more things that played a critical role for him to succeed and become the top snowboarder in history.

Suffering in silence

An important lesson learned from a dream about being aware of those around you.

Our children cannot breathe

We’re surrounded by pollutants to our mind and our emotions as much as to our health. Each of these makes it difficult for us to breathe the sweet fresh air of life. They cloud our judgment, fog our vision, and threaten our well-being.

A psalm of life

A PSALM OF LIFE articles A Psalm of LifeHenry Wadsworth Longfellow Tell me not, in mournful numbers,Life is but an empty dream!For the soul is dead that slumbers,And things are not what they seem. Life is real! Life is earnest!And the grave is not its goal;Dust thou art, to dust returnest,Was not spoken of the […]

Emotional Supply Lines sustain us all

The notion of a supply line is not unique to the military. Every day, each of us wages our own personal battles. Who or what is your emotional supply line?

Cycle Time – the power of frequency

Cycle Time – the power of frequency In software development, there’s a term called “cycle time,” or the amount of time between one event and the next. Releasing features regularly with short times in between gives your customers a sense of momentum—a sense that you’re moving—and keeps them engaged. When cycle time gets too long, […]

Someone who decided to make a difference

The inspiring story of Scott Silverman. No matter where your life is right now, the most powerful things before you are not obstacles, nor the events of your past, but the undeniable opportunity to change your future.

Arthur C. Clarke, an example of packaging

Arthur C. Clarke, an example of packaging Today Arthur C. Clarke passed away. For those of you who may not recognize the name, he was most widely known for his book 2001: A Space Odyssey. Many luminaries paid tribute to him. He was also widely known among other fantasy writers for his famous comment “Any […]

The power of packaging

The power of packaging There’s an old saying “form follows function,” and I disagree with it. Basically it’s saying that the value of any given thing is predominantly placed in the function of that item, not in how it’s presented. While I’m not an absolutist, and can concede that there are times when functionality prevails, […]

Being Persuasive

Being Persuasive Persuasiveness pervades almost every aspect of our life. Either you’re being persuaded or you’re trying to be persuasive yourself. Whether it’s in a relationship, communicating with a spouse or a child, marketing a product, selling something, teaching a class, or talking to your boss, a co-worker, or someone that works for you—life is […]

It is not the critic who counts

An inspirational quote by Theodore Roosevelt about how it doesn’t matter what other people think, what matters is your own opinion.