Play the Tape Forward

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Okay, you’re visual. Good.   Think of one behavior that’s harmful for you …   Maybe you like to lie around on the couch all day swilling chips and soda.   Or maybe you feel a pull to down the whole bottle of whiskey?   Or maybe you’re at risk to waste time with stupid [Read More...]

The Harlem Shake

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You might have seen it on the Today Show, or Dr. Oz… or if you are a parent of a teenager, you might have caught them watching it on YouTube. It’s not one video, it’s a viral craze that everyone wants a piece of. Right now you can find literally thousands upon thousands of versions [Read More...]

4 Tips to Teach Kids Delayed Gratification

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Today, with the challenges to our economy, it is imperative to teach your children the self-discipline of delayed gratification, particularly economic self-discipline. The ability to wait and save money to purchase whatever we want and need using cash—especially in today’s “gotta-have-it-now,” instant gratification world—will bless your children (and their families) for their entire lives. The [Read More...]

Who Do You Need to Thank?

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This weekend marked the 85th Academy Awards, a time of pageantry and accomplishment, and I’m reminded of when Fred Rogers (1928-2003) won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 Daytime Emmys. His words shed light on the part of any awards show that’s most often rushed. The thank yous.   There was no soft-spoken sweater [Read More...]

Why Men Need to Teach Boys Perseverance

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Life is difficult. And the things that mean the most in life are the hardest. In fact, anything worth doing is difficult. There’s just no way around it. Unfortunately, quitting is an easily learned habit by young males. We learn early in life to take the easiest route and avoid anything unpleasant. Boys who are [Read More...]

How to Arrive at the Best Ideas Ever

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You’re a brainstorming kind of a guy. I can see that about you.   You’re often in meetings where the boss says, “Okay team, let’s run this up the flagpole and see what we get.”   After that, everyone breaks loose with their ideas. Some strategic. Some idiotic. It typically takes a lot of the [Read More...]

Wake Up, Man Up, Step Up

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Ray Arata is a  leadership coach and diversity consultant.  He recently authored the book, Wake Up Man Up Step Up; Transforming Your Wake Up Call to Emotional Health and Happiness.  Here are some questions I had for him and some answers from the book: Q. Does emotional illiteracy (EI) affect every man? A. At some level, EI affects all men. [Read More...]

10 Most Disliked Athletes

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Who is your favorite Athlete? Scratch that. Who is your least favorite athlete? Sounds like a funny question, but Forbes actually just released a list they compiled of the 10 athletes least liked by Americans! And Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o are at the top of the list. Lance lost all respect when he finally [Read More...]


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