Values & Happiness: Define the Terms Yourself

I believe you will never be truly happy until you know what happiness means to you. Society gives us a generalized definition of happiness in which we have a well paying job, spouse, 2.5 kids and a white picket fence. Webster defines happiness as a state of well-being and contentment. Albeit a nice thought, this […]

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The Beginner’s Mindset: From Toddlers to Tchaikovsky

One of the major goals I have for myself in this life is, no matter what, to continue to grow and develop myself. I strive for this for two reasons. First, I truly believe that there is no neutral ground in life. Every day, you have a choice; growth or atrophy, and if I have […]

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How One Random Act of Kindness Can Change a Life

November 22, 1973 It’s thanksgiving morning in North Hollywood, California. A day typically spent eating turkey and giving thanks to family and friends, the Mahavorick family of five will anticipate neither this holiday in their modest-sized home. This is the same home where 13-year-old Anthony Mahavorick’s senses will eventually be awakened by the taste of […]

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Life Lessons at the Eye Doctor’s

For the second time in my life I have committed to wearing contacts. I say second time, because about ten years ago I attempted this feat to no avail. My combined lack of patience and long eye lashes proved too great at the time. My eyesight has gotten progressively worse over the years which inevitably […]

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Creating Your Personal Review: Staying on the Right Track

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela In a previous blog, I wrote about the benefits of having an accountability partner to help make sure you are staying on the right path. Now I want to share another […]

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Empathy: It’s Nothing Personal

Sometimes it becomes difficult to see the common ground we all share. On the surface our lives are so full of contrast that we often forget just how much we have in common. It is important to realize that no matter what our jobs, passions, appearance or lifestyle, we are all on the same road […]

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The Learning Series pt 2: Recognizing Your ‘Distant-Wise’

The following statement may be a shock to you, but here goes: There are NO new problems. Sometimes it feels as if every problem or challenge that you encounter seems brand new and specifically tailor made for you. These problems, no matter how big or small, emerge into an expanding source of anxiety where you […]

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The power of an accountability partner: Having a trusted confidant to help you along your way

I’ve made a lot of commitments to myself in the past in regards to the direction I want to take my life. To be honest, I’ve failed many more times than I’ve succeeded. In all of these experiments to see how far I can push my growth, I’ve found one constant: when you have a […]

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The Pareto Principle: Accomplishing goals with purpose

While living our incredible busy, alarmingly finite lives we must be sure to use our time efficiently and effectively. This has been the focus of my study over the past few months as I have read anything I can get my hands on regarding the most important of topics, learning how to learn. I have […]

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My own prison: An introduction to a series on learning

Uncertainty… Not fear, or anxiety, or even the familiar uneasiness that accompanies the feeling of being out of place. No, it’s definitely uncertainty. This is the numbing feeling running through my veins as I walk the steps up the 1,800+ capacity North Jersey prison toward my classroom. Today is my first day teaching prisoners and […]

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Bar stool advice from an old friend

I recently ran into the father of one of my former students at a local bar. After exchanging the usual words and sharing a few beers, we delved into the nitty-gritty of what it means to truly live. I hold this man’s opinions in high regard. A recently retired financial trader and father of four, […]

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Build your personal fire

Metaphorically speaking, building a fire can teach a valuable lesson about motivation, confidence and how to build sustained momentum. I first made this connection while staying in a small cabin on the U.S./Canadian border with no electricity, heat, or immediate running water. Consequently, the only way to stay warm at night was to build a […]

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