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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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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


Small Steps Matter Too

This will probably be the shortest blog post I'll ever write.

I hope to make a point.  The point is simply taking SOME action is better than NONE.


I had the opportunity to write a very long blog post today, but does the length matter as much as the message?

We should never neglect the small steps that we can take because we think they are insignificant.  

Write something.  Launch something. Teach something.  Record something.  Build something.  Give something.

Take the small steps and they will build into something bigger.  

That's it.  Just do it!

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.