The Dangers of Goal Setting

Ah, the 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole. That was one of the first, and longest lasting, goals that I have ever had. The one pictured just sold for US$ 181,500 at Bonhams and was used on set for Magnum P.I. I may have wanted one since before I could drive […]

Don’t worry, be happy (and stop complaining)

I challenge you to check out the Tim Ferriss podcast with Tony Robbins entitled “Achievement Versus Fulfillment.” With Tony’s teachings shaping my own life since somewhere before 1998 the surprise for me was hearing a few simple, but powerful, concepts told in ways I never heard before. This story is […]

It is more important to stop going in the wrong direction, than to know which direction is right.

My father started a business in 1969. It was in the plastics industry and, yes, the “The Graduate” was right:

Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Benjamin: Yes, sir. Mr. McGuire: Are you listening? Benjamin: Yes, I am. Mr. McGuire: Plastics. Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean? […]

Advice to a younger self…

On Episode 205 of Joe Polish’s “I Love Marketing” podcast he did an interview with myself and three other entrepreneurs on a plane ride from St. Louis, MO to Manchester, NH. This is the last in a series of stories where I will dive a little deeper into the answers I gave to the […]

Death, one of the bookends of life.

For those that watch the television show “The Amazing Race” you might have heard the airline travel being referred to as the great equalizer. In the show teams race around the world performing various tasks challenging all aspects of knowledge, wit, and fitness. There are points where teams can get a huge time lead when […]