Changing Your Soundtrack

Earlier this month, the 56th annual Grammy ceremony awarded Thomas Newman a Grammy for the score he composed for the James Bond movie Skyfall. It was a brilliant work, enhancing the emotions throughout the intense journey of Agent 007. Newman’s masterpiece was the connective tissue that stitched together scenes and characters, allowing us to savor…

Conquering with Humor

There are many ways to fight the people and organizations that are working to hold you back.  Standing up to the schoolyard bully and fighting head-on is certainly one approach.  Counter-attacks, hitting your enemy at their point of weakness, and peaceful protest are all proven strategies.  One of my favorites –and often overlooked — is…

Getting Better All The Time

In the 1967 Beatles classic, McCartney and Lennon sang a persistent mantra: “It’s getting better all the time.” They contrasted life’s problems, including bad teachers in school, general dissatisfaction and anger, and bumpy relationships, with the idea of continuous improvement as their prescriptive cure. As we look into the future, most of us are hungry…