Thoughts After My Near Death Experience

I haven't shared about this experience on my blog before, so it may be the first time many of my readers have heard about it.

When I was a sophomore in college, before switching to Information Systems, my major was Electrical Engineering. I had completed lots of my required courses, including 3 physics classes and 3 Calculus classes (yep, I'm a nerd). 

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Photo courtesy of SXC.HU

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Start Before You’re “Ready”

I don't know about you, but I have encountered a number of situations where I have been crippled with paralysis by analysis.

In those situations, I have set out in my mind to start a new project or venture, but I have gotten bogged down in the details.

An observation that I have made about people who get things done is they take action.  They may not have everything 100% ready, but they get out there and do it anyway.

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4 Character Traits That Lead to Success

I recently attended a commencement exercise and one of the speakers shared some very valuable lessons with the graduates.

He stated that if these graduates would focus on four things, they would be successful in anything they set out to do.

Since I found these tips to be so valuable, I decided to share them here on my blog because sometimes we all could use reminders.

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How I Teach Piano Online

A couple years ago, I was a full-time IT professional and a graduate student studying Educational Technology.  The lessons and experiences that I gained while obtaining my master's degree changed my thinking on what was possible with technology in educational arenas.

As is the case now, I worked my full-time job and I also did consulting and taught piano to a couple students.

What changed for me was HOW I went about teaching my piano students.

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New Book Coming, Your Ideas Wanted

Ever since I wrote my book last year, I knew that it would not be the last book I would write.

Once I completed that book, I was much more comfortable with the entire process and it made me want to write as many books as I can. 

I have since started blogging more regularly and my passion for writing has grown.

During the last three years, my wife and I have allowed our kids to participate in Lemonade Day.  We all have learned some valuable lessons about business and about life from the experience.

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Storing Up For a Rainy Day

If you have ever had some type of financial emergency come up, you know the comfort that can come from having savings.

It may not take away all the pain of the situation, but it does ease your mind to have some reserves for a tough time.

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Until recently, I understood the importance of storing financially for "rainy days", but I didn't understand how it could benefit my creative activities such as writing.

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3 Keys to Get Your Kids to Sleep at Night

There are two times that can be a major source of tension for parents with young children.

If you fit into that category, listen up.  If you don't fit into that category and you may some day or you know someone who is in the category, listen for them.  

The first time that I'm referring to is meal time.  Meal time can be an all out battle when you're dealing with a toddler, or two, or three, or …yeah, I've been blessed with more.  

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I can't say that I've figured out the meal time part of the equation yet, but I believe we have a few keys to help with the other time…bed time.

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Learning From Others’ Mistakes

I have a confession to make.  Ready for it?   Ok, here goes….

I'm not perfect.

I have in fact made mistakes (hundreds, thousands, I would venture to say tens of thousands) during the course of my thirty years on the Earth.  Though I wish I could say that I learned from all of the mistakes, that statement wouldn't be accurate.

The lessons that I have learned have helped me gain wisdom in some areas of life and in many cases, I have passed these lessons on to others. 

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Should I Be Quiet?

If you look at the amount of information that floats around every day, it is easy to understand why there is such a sense of overload.

There are millions of blog posts being written on millions of blogs every day.

There are probably millions of videos being created and being posted each day (in fact I heard Cliff Ravenscraft say 72 hrs per minute uploaded to YouTube).

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