Critics and Haters: How to Deal with People Who Unfairly Judge You

Critics and Haters

The simplest way to be criticized is this: be yourself. As Aristotle once said, “to avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” No matter what path your life takes, you’re bound to come across someone who dislikes your decision and openly expresses how unhappy they feel about it. Just recently, my wife and I […]

3 Ridiculously Simple Rules to Get Into the Best Shape of Your Life

Rules to Get Into the Best Shape of Your Life

Have you ever asked one of those big weightlifters in the gym for advice on how to get into shape? I have. They often go on long tangents describing specific workouts they do and talk on and on about what foods to eat and supplements to take. It’s all extremely detailed and unwieldy information. It […]

The Starving Homeless Cat and Lessons on Making the World a Better Place

The Starving Homeless Cat

When I was living in Morocco, I saw stray cats everywhere. Often hissing and scratching whenever anyone came near, they were angry and filthy. People kept their distance. Moving to Houston, I was confronted with a similar problem. While nowhere near as bad as Morocco, there were a few feral cats in my neighborhood. One […]

6 Tips to Do Crazy Things that Scare You

Do Something Crazy

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt When I was a little boy, I was afraid of just about everything. Too shy to make many friends, I kept my social circle small. I shunned change and risk-taking; the thought of doing something crazy like traveling to another country didn’t appeal to […]

6 Things Everyone Hates But Should Actually Be Thankful For

Things Everyone Hates But Should Be Grateful

Over the years, gratitude has been getting a lot of attention. As well it should. Counting our blessings has been shown in studies to improve health, mood and mental well-being. The benefits seem endless. Making lists of what you’re thankful for is therapeutic because we can focus on the good and forget about the bad. […]

8 Powerful Beliefs of People Who Reach Their Full Potential

Powerful Beliefs

There’s something compelling about underdog stories. You know the ones I’m talking about. The hero of the story is faced with a challenging obstacle or sinister threat and needs to dig down, deep inside to discover inner strengths and attain new heights. It’s like Rocky who works harder and harder to defeat superior opponents or […]

The Lies Your Mind Tells You that Hold You Back

Lies Your Mind Tells You

It’s amazing how often our minds lie to us. We’ll think of excuses to not do something instead of admitting it’s procrastination. We’ll try to justify bad choices rather than call them mistakes. Then there are negative thoughts and beliefs telling us what we can’t do. Why do we let this happen? Lies are usually […]