Stumbling across this nearly century-old quote from PT Barnum that still rings true today inspired me to search for more quotes about the unexpected. Every man should make his son or daughter learn some useful trade or profession, so that in these days of changing fortunes of being rich today and poor tomorrow they may […]

By MWD Posted in Quotes on October 10, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading

Lessons Learned: A Star Is Born

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Installment four of the story

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s much talked about take on the classic Hollywood tale, A Star Is Born, lured my wife and I to the theater on Sunday evening. We both enjoyed the movie and plan to buy the disc when it arrives in stores later this year. Along with the entertainment value, I extracted […]

By MWD Posted in Lessons Learned on October 9, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
Wind It Fast or Slow

The grandfather clock in our library is authentic and needs to be wound once a week. The family considers it “Dad’s clock,” so winding it is “a Daddy job.” When I get in a hurry and wind it fast, the pendulum’s swing arc falls off the path and eventually stops swinging altogether. When this happens, […]

By MWD Posted in Right Action on October 8, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
Sunday Notes: Light Bulbs and Ceiling Tiles

Can you kill a customer relationship within the first ten seconds?

I ruined Mother’s Day for my wife. Her favorite special treat is breakfast for dinner. Every year for Mother’s Day, my wife looks forward to waffles, eggs, and all the bacon she can have for dinner with the family. As an added bonus, while everyone else is waiting in line for thirty minutes to an […]

By MWD Posted in Sunday Notes on October 7, 2018 2 Comments Continue reading

It's up to you, what's your pleasure?

Yesterday I wrote about the importance of celebrating milestones. Specifically, I celebrated one month of writing again, and 33 days in a row of posting new work to this website (up to 34 with today’s post). For the celebration, my wife and I downed a shot of Jägermeister and quickly acknowledged the streak. When it […]

By MWD Posted in Q&A on October 6, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
Celebrate Milestones: One Month

Wednesday marked a milestone for me and my writing on this blog. It’s been one month since I started again, and with this post I have now published something every day for 33 days in a row. Naturally, I made merry. It’s important to celebrate milestones meaningful to us and take time out from the […]

By MWD Posted in Happiness on October 5, 2018 2 Comments Continue reading
Start In Your Trunk

If you’re an author, you don’t have to be at the front of every bookstore and in every airport across the U.S. If you’re a musician, your album doesn’t need to be splashed across the iTunes home page on the day it’s released. If you create a retail product, it doesn’t have to be stocked […]

By MWD Posted in Action, Strategy on October 4, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading

Ask ten different people for a definition of grace, and you’ll receive ten different answers. What does grace mean to you? In the last few months, my wife and I have both separately admitted to each other our need to work on grace, but to put into words exactly what we meant by that statement […]

By MWD Posted in Learning on October 3, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
Cost Exceeds Price

Convinced my purchase would revolutionize my family’s media consuming experience, on October 28th of 2016, I ordered the Logitech Harmony Ultimate All in One Remote from Amazon. At the time, the price was $169.99, but price was of no concern to me. Did you not see the word “ULTIMATE” right there in the actual name? […]

By MWD Posted in Lessons Learned on October 2, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
What I Must Do

The field is level, the professional understands, only in heaven. ~ Steven Pressfield, the War of Art Because I recognize the truth in this, I know what I must do. I must work 2x, 3x, 10x as hard as I have before. To stack the deck in my favor. To overcome the odds. To make sure […]

By MWD Posted in Right Thought on October 1, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
Sunday Notes: Multi-million-dollar game of telephone

In board rooms, war rooms, and locker rooms everywhere, a common problem exists. Leadership conceives of a plan, and then communicates the plan down through various levels of management until it ultimately reaches the people – the boots on the ground – who have the responsibility to execute the plan. In the best of worlds, […]

By MWD Posted in Sunday Notes on September 30, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading