Category Archives: Toward Growth

I’m ready now

In modern American society, it seems the common wish when people contemplate death is that they go quickly, with little suffering and no time to be distressed about the situation. If my remembrance of history is correct, people have in … Continue reading

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Being your best

As a friend and I were nearing the end of a long run, I asked her the following question: “What do you do to be at your best? In other words, what is it that is necessary for you to feel … Continue reading

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The time is now

Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act but a habit.” Every day, you make decisions about how to spend your time. Moreover, you determine the tenor of your life by how you choose … Continue reading

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Sacrificing nothing

Sometimes I sit in a meeting a wonder what we all would have been doing for a job 50 years ago. The important industries in North Carolina back then were tobacco, farming, textiles, banking, and insurance. It can be equal … Continue reading

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The non-technical secrets to my success

The skills that have most come into play in my career are those that aren’t technical in nature. These can be done by anyone, anytime regardless of education or training. In no particular order, these include: Smiling — A powerful … Continue reading

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Appreciating what is

This is a picture of my stapler. Although I do use it once in a while, it’s become a symbol of something bigger. When I first started at my job in 1991, the department admin, Louise, gave me this brand … Continue reading

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Follow the process

“To me, success looks like faithfulness.”  Kelly Clark, Olympic snowboard medalist Last summer, about this time, several of us were training for a fall marathon, and this training called for us to run long distances in the soup-like North Carolina … Continue reading

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First among equals: your physical self

I’ve written before about the need for balance in life, the ideal of the Renaissance man or woman. As a teen, one of my idols was Kris Kristofferson, because he had been a college football player, award-winning songwriter, Army helicopter pilot, Rhodes scholar, … Continue reading

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Terminally earnest

Shortly after September 11, 2001, I remember a pundit on the radio saying that as a result of the terrorist attacks, we had reached the end of the age of cynicism. Indeed, it seemed for a while a sobriety had … Continue reading

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10 mind tricks to make you mentally stronger

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.” Laird Hamilton I believe in placebos. When a doctor gives me a prescription, I’m taking it largely on faith that it will address the problem. I don’t think … Continue reading

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