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As I Get Older I Get…

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

As I get older I get more:

    • Reflective – thinking about the people I have met along this great journey and the decisions I have made and have yet to make…
    • Thankful – for my friends and family and for the life I have…
    • Aware – of my body and mind, how I am feeling, and if there’s something that I need to take care of…

Now your turn.

    • As I get older I get more __________________?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are Men Happier People?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

A few weeks ago I got the same email from a few people (thanks J.K. and S.S.) that basically mentioned all of the reasons why men were happier than women. Here are 15 of the reasons why:

 

    1. The garage is all ours.
    2. Wedding plans take care of themselves.
    3. Chocolate is just another snack.
    4. Car mechanics tell you the truth.
    5. We never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
    6. Wrinkles add character.
    7. New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle our feet.
    8. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
    9. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
    10. We can open all of our own jars.
    11. Our underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
    12. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
    13. We are unable to see wrinkles in our clothes.
    14. We have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
    15. We can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24th in 25 minutes.

What do you think:

    • Ladies, do you agree that men are overall happier than women?
    • Guys – your thoughts?

Let the debate begin!

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Attention Sports Fans: How Do You Feel About The Sports Teams In Your City?

Friday, January 25th, 2013

A few years ago I was so excited about the sports scene in Dallas. The Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Championship, The Texas Rangers went to back-to-back World Series and the Dallas Cowboys won the NFC east in 2009. Speed up a few years and here is where we are now:

Dallas Mavericks are way under 500 this year, have very little talent and have anything but a cohesive unit. If they turn things around and make some noise in the playoffs, Rick Carlisle deserves coach of the year for sure. Owner Mark Cuban made a few strategic moves and unfortunately they didn’t work out. He wanted to go with a long term plan and so far not much has worked for the team. The American Airlines Center (AAC) was a special place to go as a fan but unfortunately the craziness and cheering has been toned down a little bit.

Dallas Cowboys  – Where do I start? Since I have been living here (8 years) this team always appears to be on the verge of the Super Bowl or at least that’s what Jerry Jones and the media would like you to believe. The reality is that their talent is really not there. They don’t play as a team, their coaching is very suspect and Jerry Jones isn’t the best GM in the game. They have an amazing stadium and Jerry Jones, the marketer, is a genius. The problem is Jerry Jones, the GM, isn’t. This team has won only 1 (yes 1) playoff game in 16 years. That alone should speak for itself. Their facility is huge and if Jerry and the rest of the leadership team aren’t careful, they will have a lot of empty seats.

Texas Rangers – 2010 and 2011 were magical rides – rides that went to the World Series both years and frankly was an amazing place to go. You could feel the energy the second you walked into the stadium. For the first time in at least a decade, the Rangers drew more than 3,000,000 fans – unfortunately those days might be behind us. I have no idea what the Rangers did or were thinking this off season. They have done very little, let a lot of their players and free agents go, lost Michael Young who was their captain and face of the team and might be in store for a very long year in the Texas heat.

Unfortunately, Texas isn’t like Boston or Philadelphia where you don’t need to be good in order for fans to show up. This is Dallas and even when the teams are good/great, the fans don’t always come out.

A few years ago I was on cloud nine, thinking Dallas was the best sports city in the country. A few years later – not even close. It’s funny how quickly things can change.

I am not excited about the sports teams in Dallas – frankly I am really concerned.

  • Dallas fans: Do you agree with what I am saying?
  • How do you feel about your sports city?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Ok, These Are Really Funny! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

A few weeks ago a got an email highlighting some really funny pictures. I picked out eight of the ones that I thought were really funny and wanted to share them with you.

I hope you take a minute from your busy day and get a little chuckle out of these pictures.

  • Which one was your favorite?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Attention Baseball Fans: Time To Build A List Of Athletes That Did & Didn’t Make It In The Big Apple

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Doesn’t an athlete always want to play on the biggest stage where the most eyes are on them? A stage where there are tons of records, championships and legacies to carry on. If that is the case then playing in New York has to be the place for that to happen!  But New York isn’t for everyone. A lot of athletes are coming from small towns that are long away from the hustle and bustle of New York. Lots of these athletes have never been under the scrutiny of the New York media. Many of them are coddled and told how great they are. Well, in New York that doesn’t always happen.

Yes, New York is a big stage – maybe the biggest stage in sports for many reasons. But for every Derek Jeter, Mickey Mantle and Eli Manning, who could handle the big apple, there are plenty of AJ Burnett’s, Bobby Bonilla’s & Allan Houston’s who frankly can’t.

Ok your turn:

Time to build a list of athletes who…

  • Not only made it in New York but excelled in the big city
  • And of course, those who couldn’t handle the pressure of the Big Apple

I look forward to reading your comments.

PS – Let’s not forget the great Randy Johnson who almost got into a fight with a cameraman as he was walking the streets of New York the first week he was a Yankee!

24 Minutes Of Previews!? Really!?

Friday, January 18th, 2013

A few weeks ago with popcorn in one hand and a soda in the other, I was settling into my seat to watch Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher. At 130 minutes in length, I knew this movie was a little longer than most. Since I like action movies, I was excited to see this one. As the movie started, time came and went… so did preview after preview after preview. There were so many that I finally looked at my watch and realized I had been watching previews for 19 minutes after the movie was supposed to start! I must admit, I do like previews… ok, some previews, but they finally ended at 24 minutes!

Seriously that is too many for me!

  • Have you noticed the same thing – way too many previews?
  • Why are they doing this?
  • Does this strategy make sense?
  • Will the future movie goer show up 10 minutes late to skip some of the previews?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Looking For A Job? Here Are A Few Tips…

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Recently we have been interviewing for a number of positions and I have seen a few mistakes that seem to be happening more than normal. Since there are a lot of people who are still in transition, I thought I would share 5 interviewing tips that might help:

    • Show up on time. I understand there can be traffic, construction, an accident or sometimes people get lost, but perhaps planning ahead for one of those things might be in the candidate’s best interest. Recently a number of candidates have shown up 20 minutes late. Yes, you can overcome it, but it makes it much more difficult because you start things off on the wrong foot.
    • Be prepared. I am still shocked by the number of candidates who don’t show up with a list of questions to ask. It shows you have done some research and thought about the position. If you do this it will separate you from some of the competition.
    • Know something about your interviewer. Before you show up for an interview hopefully you are aware of the person you are interviewing with. Once you get their name, Google it. Go find them on LinkedIn, know who they are, their background and where they went to school. Information is like gold – the more you have, the better off you are. Understanding the people you are interviewing with can only help you establish a rapport during the process.
    • Your experience vs. the position. Strategically think about the position and how your experience makes you a great fit! I promise drawing a link between those two things will help you a tremendous amount!
    • Follow up. Regardless if you want the position or not, follow up and say thank you. Send an email or a letter – it doesn’t matter as long as you do something.

Ok now your turn:

    • What do you think of my list?
    • If you are looking for a job, does this list help?
    • Hiring managers – what other tips do you have?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Saving Money… Are You Good At It? What’s Your Secret?

Monday, January 14th, 2013

I read an article last week that I thought was very interesting. The article was about saving money and mentioned that the average person in the United States saves 4.3% of their salary a year. That number seemed low to me – but I guess if you are taking the average into account, it is probably right.  Here are a few things that I try to do:

  • Maximize my 401k – I have always contributed, but when I was younger it wasn’t always possible to maximize.
  • Try to pay extra on my mortgage – even $50-100 every month can make a huge difference!
  • Stay on top of the interest rate for my house – I must have refinanced 5 times in the past few years. It is very easy and doesn’t cost much. You would be very surprised to see how much it can lower your payment.
  • As a standard, I have always tried to save over 10% of my compensation.

There are a lot of foolish things I do with money – like get a new car every 3 years. In some ways it would be nice to turn back the clock and correct some of those foolish decisions.

  • The question is, “What are some of your secrets to saving money?”
  • Do you have any metrics that you try to achieve every year?
  • Do you try to save a certain percentage of your salary every year?

I look forward to reading your comments and ideas.

How Social Are You?

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Years ago when someone would ask, “How social are you?” a response might be, “I am pretty outgoing.“ Speed up to years later and now the response is, “I am connected to lots of people. I tweet, update my status on Facebook every 20 minutes and have been writing a blog for 4 years!”

Well – take this very short quiz and let me know how social you really are:

Click here to take the quiz.

I look forward to reading your comments.

You Will Be Traveling To Distant Lands For Business Purposes

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

A few weeks ago, I was opening my fortune cookie at a Chinese restaurant and it read:

“You will be traveling to distant lands for business purposes.”

Of course I paused and gave some thought about my upcoming trips. I wanted to share that today and also see what distant lands you will be traveling to in the next few months.

My trips include (in no particular order):

  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • San Francisco
  • Las Vegas
  • And a fun family trip to Mexico.

Your turn:

  • What distant lands you will be traveling too in the next few months?

I look forward to reading your comments and seeing who is traveling the farthest!