Rethinking “Just Be Yourself” Advice

This article was quite an eye opener for me because I had always thought authenticity was an important goal for relationships and that always meant just being yourself. This article forced me to rethink my definition of authenticity. The concept is pretty simple; the advice to “just be yourself” isn’t always the most beneficial. Being your true

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Life Lessons from an Australian Comedian

This Commencement Address was delivered at a school in Australia  by a graduate of the school who is now a well-known comedian. I want to watch this with my kids at a later point in life when they can understand some of the nuances.  For now, I share some of these lessons with you. Lessons

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ALS Association, Don’t Waste this Opportunity

I have a different perspective on charitable organizations than most. My first job at 13 years old was cold calling for charities. I would sit in a smoke-filled room dialing lists (phone book, past donors) for hours. I hadn’t hit puberty yet so most prospects would call me ma’am. I got more donations when they

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Smiles and Hugs Matter

This is the heartwarming story of a young man who started his own restaurant.  That, in and of itself, is a nice accomplishment.  Tim is his name.  However, what makes the story truly amazing and touching, though, is that Tim has Down’s syndrome. Watching the joy he brings to serving his customers is an inspiration.

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The Opposite of Loneliness

Many of you have heard the tragic news of Marina Keegan, the 22 year old who died in a car accident, shortly after her graduation from Yale University. If you haven’t already read her final column for the Yale Daily News, I suggest you do. She writes about life, and what Yale meant to her.

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Major Strides for Paraplegics

The military is focusing on robotic skeletons to help paralyzed soldiers walk again. The exoskeleton is a wearable robot that allows a wheelchair user to stand up and walk. It could be a game-changer for anyone who is a paraplegic. There has been a lot of focus on artificial and robotic hands and legs that move

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What Type of Ripples Do You Want to Create?

As I have gone through life, I have come appreciate the “ripple effect” and how interconnected the world is.  Every action or choice impacts many other people around you and around them. Most of us know the analogy of throwing a rock in a placid lake, where even a small pebble will make ripples.  These

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