Always Be Positive

The most important quality for success in entrepreneurship and in life is the quality of optimism. The wildfires swept through San Diego in October, destroying hundreds of houses. The air was full of smoke for days, filling the nostrils and burning the eyes. Homes were on fire within a mile of us. Every couple of hours, we got a “reverse 911” call to tell us if we were under “voluntary evacuation” or “mandatory evacuation.” If we received “mandatory evacuation” orders, we would have 30 minutes to pack and leave. Fortunately, the fires never got too near to our house, and we never had to evacuate. Today, the city is back to normal and life goes on. This experience reminded me… Read more

Back To the Kremlin

In the first week of October, I took a business cruise from Athens in the eastern Mediterranean around the Greek Islands to Italy and then to Sicily and Malta. In the first week of October, I took a business cruise from Athens in the eastern Mediterranean around the Greek Islands to Italy and then to Sicily and Malta. At each port of call, we went ashore for several hours to tour remarkable cities and ruins from antiquities that go back twenty-five hundred years. Perhaps the most impressive was the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, one of the “Seven Wonders of The Ancient World.” It is in ruins today, but very much restored and fascinating to explore. I walked on the… Read more

It’s A Wonderful World

This is a wonderful world that we live in! This is a wonderful world that we live in! With more than one billion people living on less than one dollar per day, and problems of incredible magnitude affecting billions more all over the world, we here in America are preoccupied with whether or not OJ Simpson legally or illegally entered a hotel room in Las Vegas to get back some of his twenty year old sports memorabilia. Meanwhile, the newspapers are preoccupied with the sub-prime mortgage problems and predicting a potential US economic meltdown. What they don’t tell you is that there are approximately fifteen trillion dollars worth of mortgages outstanding in the US today. Of this amount, a maximum… Read more

Catastrophe Exaggerated

There is no evidence whatsoever, anywhere, in any scientific study, that carbon dioxide emissions are harmful to the globe, or to any living creature. During this summer, I have done a good deal of reading on the subject of “climate change” and “global warming.” Since these subjects are extremely controversial today, I wanted to fully understand the truth about the subjects. What I have found is very different from what you read in the popular press. When I was in Phoenix in July, the temperature reached 115 degrees in the daytime. There was then a story in the paper saying that “This is the hottest that it has been in Phoenix since 1990.” The often-repeated fallacy that 2007 has been… Read more

Growing Inequality?

“The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.” As we enter into the political “silly season” the claims and counter claims of the candidates vying for the presidency are becoming louder and more questionable with each new headline. One of the most popular whipping boys for America, continually broadcast by the “blame America first” crowd, is that there is growing inequality in America because “The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.” Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary Becker has studied this claim in depth. In a recent article he demonstrates that the “inequality gap” is really a “skills gap.” In a free society like ours, everyone earns their income by serving other people in some… Read more

Summertime and the pace is hectic.

As adults, we keep trying to go back to those lazy days of summer. When we were children, we looked forward to the summer because we had two full months of vacation. We played with our friends, went swimming, and hung out with no responsibilities and little to do. As adults, we keep trying to go back to those lazy days of summer. As we approach the end of June, most people slow down and begin working at half speed. Unfortunately, they were probably working at half speed before the end of June so it is even worse for them. This has been a busy summer for me. At the end of May, I was in the Gulf, speaking in… Read more

Traveling in the South Atlantic

There has never been a better time to be alive. Traveling in the South Atlantic. June was a busy month for me. After 15 speaking engagements in May, several of them in the Gulf, and traveling all over the United States and Canada, June was very much the same. After giving a full day seminar in Philadelphia, I took a taxi out to the airport to catch my plane to Birmingham via Atlanta. But there were violent storms in Atlanta and my plane had been cancelled. Fortunately, I was able to transfer onto a flight at 8:15 PM which was also delayed because of the same weather conditions. The plane finally took off at 11:00pm [vs. the 7:15pm flight I… Read more

Think For Yourself

seminars in Calgary, Alberta, Vancouver, British Columbia, Las Vegas and Sacramento. This has been a busy week for me. I gave seminars in Calgary, Alberta, Vancouver, British Columbia, Las Vegas and Sacramento. In all, my audiences tolled more than 2,000 people, almost all of them sales professionals, sales managers, entrepreneurs and business owners. As I travel, I am continually amazed at the high standard of living and affluence that we enjoy in North America. One of the things that frustrates me is the continual drumbeat of negativity in the press, almost purely for political reasons. Even though we are enjoying the strongest and most powerful economic times in all of human history, with 69% home ownership, an unemployment rate of… Read more

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