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To Me, This Concept Makes 100% Sense…Do You Agree?

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Do you ever ask yourself these questions?:

  • Do my kids have the right major?
  • What will my kids will do after college?
  • Will my kids ever find a job?
  • What will be the “hot” jobs in a few years?

All of those questions have been on my mind and because of that, I have an idea that I think makes sense. Click the link below, read my idea and give me your thoughts.

Click Here to Read my Idea.

I look forward to reading your comments!

When is the Last Time You Found the Time and Energy to “Pay it Forward”?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Last summer, I was with my kids visiting my family in Cape Cod and had an amazing time. One of the things we did was walk the beach really early in the morning. I was with my boys, we had finished our walk and ended up on a pier with a bunch of fisherman, all of different ages. As usual, Riley (Mr. Inquisitive), walked away and started talking to someone. The next thing I knew, he was fishing with them and catching a few crabs and sand sharks. In fact, the picture of him below, he’s holding two of his prized catches, which in a few years will be staring in the movie “Jaws”.

The people who showed Riley how to crab actually left 30 minutes later and gave him everything: The bait, the net, the hook and most importantly, a lesson on how to do it. They asked that when we were done to please “Pay it Forward”. We have all heard that term but I wasn’t sure if my kids really knew what it meant. I explained to them that to “Pay it Forward” means as a response to someone’s kindness to you, you need to be kind to someone else.

When my boys were done fishing, they were excited to “Pay it Forward” and they found a young girl to give all of their materials to.

  • When was the last time you did “Pay it Forward”?
  • How often do you try to “Pay it Forward”?

PS: Something I like to do to “Pay it Forward” is to anonymously buy breakfast or lunch for someone in the military at the airport.


I look forward to reading your comments!

Is My Entire Life One Big Routine?

Monday, January 26th, 2015

  • When I’m not traveling, I get to the office by 6:15am
  • Our Executive Meetings are the first Monday of every month
  • I present to the company the third Tuesday of every month
  • I work out five times a week
  • I get my hair cut every two weeks
  • I have a chiropractor appointment every six weeks
  • I go to the dentist every four months
  • I get a physical every six months
  • I spend every Thanksgiving with my parents, siblings and their families.

I ask you:

  • Is life all about routines?
  • Do you have this many routines?
  • A little scared to ask this question…Is there something wrong with me that I have this much structure?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Time for a Quick and Fun Quiz About The King: Elvis Presley

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

A couple weeks ago would have marked the king’s 80th birthday! His music and memory has lived on for decades and will forever. I thought it would be fun to have you enjoy a quick quiz about the great Elvis Presley:

As always, the quiz will be timed so no need to get any help from friends or the internet. The answers will be posted in a few weeks.

Enjoy!

Click Here to Take The Quiz.

The Big Game is 10 Days Away!

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Sorry, but my New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl again! For the 6th time since 2001 the Patriots will play for the Lombardi trophy!

I can’t wait! For much of last week, I kept replaying the Seahawks miracle finish over the Green Bay Packers – an amazing game!

  • What are you doing for the big game?
  • Are you going to attend the game?
  • Who do you think will win?
  • Who do you think will be the MVP?
  • Do you have a favorite Super Bowl of all time?

I really look forward to reading your comments and predictions.

PS: My prediction is a 31-27 Patriots victory with Tom Brady getting MVP honors for the 3rd time in his career!

What Should I Watch on TV? Ask the Kids!

Monday, January 19th, 2015

A few weeks ago on a Saturday I was kind of lazy (after making lunch, doing laundry, working out, showering and probably 10 other things) and asked my daughter if she wanted to watch TV. She did and as we cuddled in my bedroom I asked her what she wanted to watch. We flipped around for 30 seconds and she said wanted to watch “Meet the Sloths”. Never having heard of the program, I told her that I thought “Sloths” was kind of an odd name for a family. She looked at me with a puzzled look and said, “Dad…the sloth is an animal not humans”. I knew that, but I didn’t realize there was a show on TV about them.

Anyway, “Meet The Sloths” is on the Discovery Channel and really cool and very interesting. The show follows a year in the life of five Sloths who live in the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, a sanctuary dedicated to saving orphaned or injured sloths. I really enjoyed the program and now kind of have a favorite sloth from the show! (please stop laughing).

So here is a thought for you: Not sure what to watch on TV? I say cuddle with the kids and let them choose! Its only an hour out of your life and my sense is you will love the experience!

  • Have you tried this before?
  • Do you already watch certain programs with your kids?
  • Do you think you would try this?

I look forward to reading your comments!

What is your Cat’s Name? Is it Popular?

Friday, January 16th, 2015

A few weeks ago, I was reading an article online about the most popular cat names by state. Let me start by saying: I don’t have a cat and I am not really a huge cat fan…although I must admit, I have enjoyed being around a “Norman” in the past few years and my kids have named their cat “Louie”.

Check out this interesting infographic that shows the most popular cat names by state:


So, I ask you:

  • Are you a cat lover?
  • If you have a cat, what is it’s name?
  • Was there a particular reason you gave it that name?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

Please Watch This Video…I Promise it’s Worth the 2 Minutes!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

I must admit, over the past year I have watched a lot of videos. For me, this is one of the most impactful videos I have ever watched and I wanted to share it today. The video is about 2 ½ minutes long and I truly believe worth the time investment.

After you finish watching, I’d love to know:

    • What are the first thoughts that come to your mind?
    • Have you ever heard of sledge hockey?
    • Was it impactful?
    • Did you get a little misty eyed?

I hope you watched the video and will share your comments. Thanks in advance.

What is the Most Valuable College Football Franchise?

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Recently, I was reading the Dallas Business Journal which had an interesting article about the economic impact of holding the NCAA Championship football game in North Texas. As part of the article they shared the Forbes annual college football valuation list.

Before I share the list…think for a minute: Who you believe would be in your top five?
For me, I would have included: Notre Dame which would have 100% been my number 1, then Ohio State, Florida State, Oklahoma and Georgia.

The funny thing is, I only had ONE of the top five and Notre Dame wasn’t number one! Here is the list:

Here’s the list:

  1. Texas ($131M)
  2. Notre Dame ($122M)
  3. Michigan ($117M)
  4. Alabama ($107M)
  5. LSU ($103M)
  6. Auburn ($97M)
  7. Tennessee ($94M)
  8. Oklahoma ($93M)
  9. Ohio State ($87M)
  10. Georgia ($83M)
  • What are your surprises from the list?
  • Who would have been #1 on your list?
  • Who else would have made your Top 5?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

Is it a Pillow, Stuffed Animal, Blanket? …Nothing?

Friday, January 9th, 2015

A few weeks ago I was at the airport waiting to board my flight and looked at the next gate, which was boarding, and counted: At least ½ the people getting on the plane had some type of favorite article they like to travel with! Notably: a blanket, stuffed animal or pillow.

The interesting thing was: they were all different ages. So, I ask you: Do you take flight with your:

  • Favorite stuffed animal
  • Special blanket
  • Pillow
  • Some other item?
  • What is the funniest personal item you have ever seen someone get on the plane with?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

    PS: I don’t travel with any of those items but I always do have water and headphones out.