Break Your Personal Sound Barrier

I’m taking you back to October, 14th, 1947. As Captain “Chuck” Yeager, an Air Force test pilot, is about to climb into the cockpit and take his shot at breaking the sound barrier. A number of pilots have already tried to fly faster than the speed of sound. Several didn’t make it back alive. Most …

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Listening to Our Fathers

What lessons do we learn from our fathers? What do we carry with us that they shared? Are they the things that they really wanted us to learn? I can remember when Colleen, one of our daughters, was in a very long line at the supermarket that had come to a grinding halt. Nobody was …

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Traveling Back to Where My Mother Was Born

Through one of life’s twists of fate, I found myself less than an hour away from the coal mining town in West Virginia where my mother was born. It wasn’t really her stomping grounds, since her family left before she learned how to walk. Still, the place drew me, like some crazy door that would …

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Two Lessons From The Train

I just made my train, and as I am sitting here waiting for it to pull out of the station, I glance out the window at the train next to me. Good, we are moving, I think to myself as the cars on the other train start to blur. Then I realize it is an …

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To Have a Passion, Lose It, And Regain It

“It was the only thing I could be.” That’s what my long-time friend and sometimes collaborator Russ Ferrara said, when I asked him, “How did you come to know you were a musician?” When we were students at college, Russ explained, “I could go for days without sleeping – just playing guitar. I never got …

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A Message for Leaders About Baby Boomers

I believe it is time for leaders to view – in a new light – the talent, the expertise and the wisdom of the Baby Boomers who are leaving or will soon be leaving your organizations. I also suggest that many, if not most, organizations are missing real opportunities to reap the benefits of Boomers …

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How Can You Become More Optimistic?

Does the way we view the world make a difference to anyone but ourselves? I have come to believe so. Here’s a little test: How do you view negative things that happen? Are they happening to you? To everyone? Can you change them? Pessimists view negative things that happen as something they inadvertently caused. They …

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Can You Sell Yourself?

For many of us Baby Boomers who have a dream of striking out on our own, there comes a time when we realize: It’s either now or never. We may want to be an independent consultant. Or we may have an innovative product idea. Perhaps we have a friend who shares our dream, and who we …

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Discover Something Inside Yourself By Volunteering

Like many Baby Boomers, Anne Levin has had to reinvent herself. Over time, she has come to find new meaning, depth and purpose in her life. In order to get there, though, she had to let go of certain ideas, and be open to seeing the world in a new light. Back in the mid-70’s, …

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