When economist John Maynard Keynes wrote, “the difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones,”  he was referring to ideas, but the same applies to people: leaving certain people is the hardest part. But leave we must.  When we want our life to be better, one of the first steps is to get rid of the jerks. Jerks are those people who regularly waste your time, the ones who don’t value you, the…

I was sitting with a CEO of a small chemical company over lunch yesterday. It’s someone I’ve known for a while.  One of his VPs was there and told us their best sales rep  was quitting and going to work for the competition. His answer: “why didn’t I know about this?” The VP told him he tried to tell him before, but the CEO  was too busy, in  meetings, or rushing out to pick up his kids. He told him,…

Worry is such a seductive trap.    It’s something to do when we really should be doing something else.  It’s like a cloud that hangs over us. If you worry about getting a report done , the worry keeps you from doing it.  But,  it almost seems as if you are doing the report because you are worrying about it.. It’s worry that keeps us from getting things done.  It is worry that gets in the way of our living…

That’s what people ask when I say am going to the doctors. Actually, I’m feeling well and I want to stay that way. By the way, taking care of your health saves time. All that time in the dentist chair and doctors office when you are unhealthy is not what most people call fun.

I am amazed how many people answer the question, “How are you?’ by saying “busy” When did busy become a feeling? “Busy with what”, I sometimes say. And the answer is usually  something like, “the same old stuff”. “Correcting papers, staying late at work and more.” It’s rarely something exciting. If you’re gonna be busy, be busy with something you love, or better yet, someone you love, including yourself. Today, I asked someone how he was, and he told me,…