Archive for December, 2013

How to Celebrate Christmas

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

My mother had been laid off from the steel foundry after the industry fled the USA for Japan in the 70s. We subsisted on welfare food stamps about to lose our home. One night we had beef gravy and bread for dinner, and at 6 years old, I cried that ...

The Pleasures of Heaven and Pains of Hell - Within Us Both.

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

I receive many messages through facebook and try my best to read them all. Some are so heartfelt that I become captured by their poignant grasp. This morning one stood out by its selflessness. The author wrote about his friend, a man I'm honored to call a student, and how ...

What’s the Punchline?

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

On July 1st, 2009, I was given the honor of speaking as keynote for the MENSA National Conference. Considering the course of my life institutionalized in a psychiatric hospital as a child for my learning difficulties, presenting my story to the “High IQ Society” had seemed like an ironic punchline ...

Real Success

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

For much of my life I had sought to make my mother proud. I had tried to become a man upon whom she'd beam with pride: overcoming hardships, achieving goals and earning awards. Nothing ever had seemed to impress her;  nothing had ever been great enough. But then I visited my ...

Program Your Dreams to Solve Your Problems

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

One mental technique I use to solve encountered problems involves a process often alluded to as "lucid dreaming." Immediately before falling asleep I reflect upon the challenge I am facing and begin imagining a solution which actually transforms the challenge into an opportunity. In my research, I had discovered that when the ...

ADD and Outdoor Green Therapy

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

After spending cold sunrises and sunsets this past week in a forest tree stand hunting, I reflected on how well my so-called "attention deficiency" was well-suited for the outdoor environment. Normally, it takes extraordinary effort, tools and strategies to not "attentionally fatigue" during my job of speaking, writing and teaching ...

Mensa Tweets my TEDx Talk! Whoa.

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

MENSA tweeted my TEDx Talk posting the direct link on TED.com (http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/How-We-Suppress-Genius-and-Crea). Two of the greatest honors and ironies of my life... connected. I still cannot believe I've been a speaker for both Mensa and TEDx. Thank you so much to all of you for your advocacy, ...

A Lever Long Enough

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

I had always felt weak, incapable of defending myself and overcoming challenges. But in school I read Archimedes recommendation, "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world." I had spent many years finding a teacher who could help me ...

Scarce or Abundant?

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Every choice in our thinking life offers two directions: to fear of scarcity or gratitude for abundance. We allow ourselves to be miserable by craving what we perceive we lack, or we direct our mind to the abundance always and already surrounding and infusing us; the amount of work remains the ...

Reslient, Tough or Mature?

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

A poster argued that she didn't like my use of the phrase mentally tough as she preferred her use of "spiritual mature" instead. "Mental toughness" is a specific term and state in coaching psychology (whether you prefer it or not as an individual, it has no necessary direct association with spirituality ...