Money Isn’t Meaning: Do Something You Love!

“Make money your god and it will plague you like the devil.” ~ Henry Fielding, English Dramatist & Novelist A comfortable existence, with extra cash and the ability to live without monetary constraint, is assumed to be the ultimate in success. All you have to do is turn on the television set, scan your radio, or drive on a highway past the hundreds of billboards to get the message that money and possessions are the root of happiness. But when one lacks love or experiences the pain of loss, what really matters in life becomes clear. Numerous studies indicate that happiness
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Love to Learn: Find Out Secrets to a Lifetime of Growth

“I cannot teach anybody anything.  I can only make them think.” ~ Socrates Socrates is widely regarded as one of the greatest teachers of all time. He devoted himself to free-wheeling discourse with the aristocratic youth of Athens, insistently questioning their unwarranted confidence in the truth of popular opinions of the time and instilling a foundational love of learning. As parents, we too can foster this love of learning in our kids. I believe that finding sustainable joy in life is much easier when we live a life of ongoing learning. As we learn new things, we transform ourselves and develop new skills, change our attitudes, and
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Creating a Positive Mental Attitude: Zig Ziglar-isms to Live By

Zig Ziglar was an author, salesman, and motivational speaker known for his many famous quotable sayings, as well as several great books about business, parenting, and faith. He has been writing since I was just a kid myself and has been an inspiration to me through many stages of my life. Although he passed away a few years ago, I still look to his work for inspiration and wisdom. In this week's blog, I wanted to take a look back at some of Zig's most famous quotes and how they've impacted my life and way of thinking. His legendary positive attitude and commitment to helping
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Nurturing Talent: Inspiration Overcomes Limitations

I recently delivered the opening remarks at City Wide's yearly Franchise Convention, and the theme of my talk was “Grow Your People; Grow Your Company.” My goal was to give our franchisees concrete ways to attract and retain talented people. This is a constant pursuit for most growing businesses, and I strongly believe that our ability to do so is the difference between struggle and success. I also believe that as leaders in business, we must accept 100% responsibility for developing our team. This responsibility allows us to no longer see ourselves as victims of circumstance, but instead own the solution and gain energy by
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When In Doubt… Communicate! Communicate! Communicate!

Have you ever noticed how almost every problem you have ever had can be traced back to relationships, or the lack thereof? It is often our inability to communicate effectively (or sometimes at all) that hinders us the most in these relationships. As a father and the President of a company, my life journey has taught me the importance of effective communication at work and at home. Luckily, many of the standard tactics that we employ to relate with our employees can also be used to better understand and communicate with our children, and vice versa. And why shouldn't it be that
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The Present is a Gift: Living in the Moment

“What day is it?” “It's today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh. — A.A. Milne The enduring wisdom of Winnie the Pooh is something many parents realize as we read to our kids. Many people of my generation first met Piglet and Pooh when our parents read A.A. Milne's books to us. As children they were just entertaining stories, but as adults we may recognize the deeper truths found in them. A child may smile and giggle at the banter between Piglet and Pooh, but an adult appreciates the message about making the most of every day. There's a dark side to the experience that we gain as we
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The Family Business: How My Work Made Me a Better Dad

One of the great things about being in the family business is that you get to learn from those you are closest to. My father, for example, taught me a lot about business and a lot about parenting my own children as well. Because of this dynamic, I've always been aware of how work and family life relate to each other, and tried my best to bring the best of my self in each role I play to each part of my life. I've written recently about the lessons parenthood can teach us as business owners. That topic made me think of the
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Life’s Paths: The Many Roles Parents Play

As every parent knows, raising children requires us to play many roles. From nurse to cook to disciplinarian to court jester, keeping our kids happy and healthy means wearing many hats, some that are comfortable and familiar to us and some that are not. Usually we are more successful at fulfilling some roles than others — and this is why it's such a blessing to be a part of a team. My wonderful wife and I negotiated the roles we played in our children's lives so that we each contributed in valuable ways and kept all the bases covered. Of all the roles we
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Finding My Purpose: The Big Difference My “Why” Made

One of the toughest questions we can ask ourselves is “What is my PURPOSE in life?” It's an enormous question, and one that goes unanswered for many people. However, if we can discover the answer, our lives will be immeasurably richer for it. And if we lead with our purpose in mind, our families and our workplaces benefit greatly. At home, living our purpose creates family unity, fulfillment, and hope for the future. In business, working from a sense of greater purpose gives meaning to our efforts and improves focus, efficiency, and effectiveness. Purpose, Not Position So often, especially in our work lives, we
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Out of the Mouths of Babes: Lessons on Building a Great Company

One of the unexpected lessons I learned as a parent was the similarity between “raising” a company and raising kids. Every time I heard a business speaker talk about life and leadership as it related to business, it made me think about how important it was for my daughters to learn the same skills. The 10 KIDmandments is the culmination of my attending Vistage, a CEO leadership program and the host of world-class business speakers, for 14 years. I mentioned in last week's blog that one of the unexpected benefits of writing a book was the crossover effect it had on my work. With that in
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