Bounce

When Staff Sergeant Luke Murphy drove into Baghdad in 2006, he lost more than his vehicle. The roadside IED that exploded under his armored car also took away his right leg below the knee. When he got home, Luke became very depressed. He eventually found hope and help with a soldier’s survivors network called The Wounded Warrior Project. Now, seven …

Great Expectations

Earlier this year, I made plans for a September cycling vacation in France. I did my research on the various group tour operators and options, and chose what I thought would be the best one: Provence! For several months in advance, I would visit the website with obsessive frequency, relishing the details of my upcoming trip: the beautiful countryside, gorgeous …

A Guide For Grown Ups

A little over fifty years ago, a young American president stood in front of the United States Congress to give his inaugural address, exhorting the crowd to “ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” That famous quote – attributed variously to Kahlil Gibran, Cicero, General Omar Bradley or Milton Friedman, …

Operating Instructions

Neil sat opposite me in my office. The hollowed-out stare and chewed-to-the-quick fingernails told me this was a man who probably hadn’t slept or eaten much in days. As the 29-year-old CEO of a highly successful tech firm, he was at his wits end. The company he helped to create was undergoing explosive growth that had caught him by surprise, …

Sowing the Seeds of Possibility

When I was 6, I won my elementary school science fair by attempting to grow bean sprouts out of an empty milk carton. Hardly groundbreaking stuff, but it sure was fun. Interestingly, my experiment was not a success. Sadly, nothing sprouted. I suspect now that I was awarded first prize because the judges could see my crushing disappointment, and noticed …

The Sound of No Hands Clapping

This past month, I traveled to Florida to deliver a presentation to a group of health and wellness experts, and I thought I did a bang-up job. My preparation went beyond the norm for this type of event, including a full week spent slaving over the PowerPoint, even going so far as to hire a presentation coach for two sessions …

Letting Your Guard Down

I never saw my father cry. Not at my brother’s wedding, our cousin’s funeral or my college graduation. It may have been his buttoned up Teutonic heritage, or former training in the army, but one thing is certain, Dad wasn’t very open with his emotions. Whenever I’d ask him about his feelings, his facial muscles would twitch and he’d fob …

The New Rules of What-If

If you own a computer or read the news, you’ve probably heard of the “two Steves” – Jobs and Wozniak, who founded Apple Computers in 1976. Far less likely is that you’ve heard of Ron Wayne. He designed the Apple logo and along with Steve Jobs and Wozniak, was one of the original founding partners in Apple. Afraid that their …

You Unstuck

At some point, we all become stuck. Maybe it’s a job that is comfortable, but no longer challenging. Maybe you’re in a relationship that is going nowhere. Or maybe you’ve been out of the workforce so long, your confidence is at an all-time low and you fear further rejection could derail you completely. Stuck happens. It’s been noted that people …

Losing Your Crown Can Be The Luckiest Moment In Your Life

A few months ago I was peeking around the local http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ and couldn’t help but stop and pull this off the rack, Note to Self: 30 Women on Hardship, Humiliation, Heartbreak, and Overcoming It All by Andrea Buchanan. A fan of inspirational stories, I began to read some of the chapters, which revealed poignant tales full of incredible strength from …