Wednesday, September 24, 2008

What Are You Singing?

"Sing your world into being. If you don't, no one else will."

Australian aboriginal expression

Don’t you just love this saying?

Everything you want to be and do begins with thought. Then it must take form in language in order to be actionable.

What are you “singing into being?”

With love and respect,


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Great New Book

My friend and mentor Mark Albion’s latest book was released today and I thought you might have some interest. “More Than Money” is targeted to MBA students and alumni … though I think it would be valuable for any young person thinking about their career choices. I bought copies for my children and a couple of others I coach.

Mark’s a somewhat famous “drop out” …. formerly a tenured full professor at Harvard Business School. He quit one of the most cushy jobs on the planet to follow his heart. His book, “Making a Life, Making a Living” was a NY Times best-seller and frankly, he’s a really good non-fiction writer.

I’ve reprinted his announcement to friends below; or to order (2 or more books gets you free shipping!) you can just go directly to

Warmest regards,


P. S. I also highly suggest you go to and watch the brief videos. If you’re only going to watch one, choose the second one done with an illustrator—it’s a really wonderful fable about life and our choices.

"If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you are coming
because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."

-- Lila Watson, Australian Aborigine

It is my 50th year of trying to prove my parents wrong,
when they told 7-year old Mark, who was selling his two-page
stories door-to-door for 5¢ a copy, "You can't be a writer.
Writers don't make any money." Well, help me prove them wrong
about something!

We do have 54,500 MBAs downloading the book currently at 9 of
the top 10 and 17 of the top U.S. business schools, with a total of
75 schools including many abroad. Nice start. But all downloads are free!

This is the first book where I get the royalties, not Net Impact (the non-profit
organization of MBA students I co-founded) or Social Ventures Network.
So, a good book for "gifting" and if you buy two or more, no shipping

You can see some endorsements to date at and click on endorsements
(the page also has links to online sellers and my videos).

Thanks for all your support.

in gratitude, mark

MTM offers four questions and twelve principles to help you develop a "destiny plan"
for a fulfilling life and successful career. The key insight is that what you thought
were your safest career decisions may actually be the riskiest, when you acknowledge
that your fulfillment and success will be determined as much by what you give to
others as you get for yourself. The key takeaway:

You Find Yourself by Losing Yourself in Something Bigger Than Your Self

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Learning Life's Lessons

“Paradoxically, perhaps, there seems nothing enduring to be gained in terms of meaningful life change purely from leisure, from having a great time. If you or I could redesign the world we'd certainly do it very differently, so that every time we took a magic vacation at some tropical paradise we would return full of more wisdom than the World Encyclopedia of Philosophical Quotations. Until then, we are well advised to accept the reality that the great lessons in life come to us through some form of extreme hardship.”

from “Living an Extraordinary Life” by Robert White

As is my custom, I don’t comment on my own writing. Plus, this quote takes up too much of my “one minute read” commitment.

Here’s some news and an offer you might find interesting. My book’s Fourth Printing was just completed and, due to raw material (mostly paper and transportation) price inflation, the price has increased to $19.95 plus shipping and handling.

For those who order the book from our website by October 5th, you’ll receive a refund of $5.00 with every book ordered. And, of course, I’m happy to inscribe the book to you or to someone you specify—the utility for doing that is right on the book order form at:

With love and respect,


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Are You "Superior to Circumstance?"

“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.”

Bruce Barton

Regular readers know this is a repeating theme of these offerings—our human ability to triumph over circumstance.

We’ve just experienced the 29th running (and swimming and jumping and rowing and diving and...) of the modern Olympic Games. Beyond that here in the USA we’ve had credible female and black American candidates for our highest political office.

Examples abound: an extraordinary life can be launched by simply believing that we are “superior to circumstance.”

With love and respect,


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Being Human ..... Together

“I no longer expect things to make sense. I know there is no safety. But that does not mean there is no magic. It does not mean there is no hope. It simply means that each of us has reason to be wishful and frightened, aspiring and flawed. And it means that, to the degree we are lost, it is on the same ocean, in the same night.

Elizabeth Kaye

Beautifully said Ms. Kaye. Rather than embarrassing myself by attempting to write with such power and grace, I’ll simply say thank you.

With love and respect,


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