Anja Paerson – we fall and we get back up

Anja Paerson – we fall and we get back up Anja Paerson, image by Doug Mills / New York Times Among the stories of Olympic athletes at the 2010 Winter Olympic games, one that recently caught my attention was that of Anja Paerson, one of the most decorated downhill skiers in the world. Anja Paerson […]

Michael Phelps – setting and achieving goals

Michael Phelps – setting and achieving goals Last week when we were on the Oregon coast, after freezing in the Pacific Ocean for a bit, I decided to warm up on the beach and make a sand sculpture. Since all of our family had been cheering on the great Phelps, I decided to do two […]

Finding your own personal sweet spot

Finding your own personal sweet spot In the world of business there’s this little thing called the COP model. COP is an acronym where each letter stands for “Competency,” “Opportunity,” and “Passion,” respectively. Opportunity means there’s a demand or a need for what you do. If you imagine each as a circle (as I diagrammed […]

Little Lin Hao – a survivor, hero, and example

Little Lin Hao – a survivor, hero, and example Watching the Olympics is always inspirational to me. But tonight I found a bit of extra inspiration from little Lin Hao, who walked aside the giant Yao Ming as the Chinese athletes toured the great National Stadium in the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony. Lin Hao is […]

Life Sculptor

Life Sculptor In association with “It is what you make of it” and “The Builders“, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, here’s another beautiful poem supporting the same point. Life SculptureGeorge Washington Doane Chisel in hand stood a sculptor boyWith his marble block before him,And his eyes lit up with a smile of joy,As an angel-dream passed […]

The Builders

The Builders In relationship with this post (It is what you make of it), the following poem is both enlightening and inspiring. The BuildersHenry Wadsworth Longfellow All are architects of fate,Working in these walls of time;Some with massive deeds and great,some with ornaments of rhyme. Nothing useless is, or low;each thing in its place is […]

It is what you make of it

It is what you make of it Once upon a time, there was a child whose father gave him a set of blocks and told him to build something. It could be anything, but he had to use all the blocks. Some of the blocks were large and sturdy, creating a natural foundation for his […]

Emotional Supply Lines sustain us all

Emotional Supply Lines sustain us all One critical element of military logistics is the notion of supply lines. Simply put, supply lines are the means whereby food, weapons, ammunition, information, and reinforcements (all those elements necessary to maintain health and readiness) are provided to a force. Any military unit must have well established and well […]