12/21/2011 – It’s a State of Mind: Lessons on Overcoming Adversity from the Muppets! Yep, those Muppets!
“They’re not quite mops, they’re not quite puppets but man are they funny.” - Homer Jay Simpson.
Like many people from my generation, I grew up adoring the Muppets. They were cute, they were funny, and they could put together one heck of a variety show. The celebrity guests were a really cool bonus.
Every Holiday season my wife and I rewatch many childhood classics: among them are a Muppet Christmas Carol and a Muppet Christmas. Both are awesome in their own way and for us, anyway, have a rewatchable charm that many childhood films do not. But alas, this is not a film review. There are tons of those out there and I am by no means an expert on these awesome creations. No, this is a brief review of Muppetism. A simple but powerful ideology that (in my opinion) stresses four principles: Teamwork, Diversity, Fun and Attitude. [READ MORE]
11/04/2011- The Road to Speakerdom
Believe it or not there was a time in my life when I was terrified of public speaking. Granted, fourth grade was a long time ago but I still find it ironic that the once shy and scared little boy who hated the annual speech project has set course on a career as professional speaker. I remember the topic of that first speech: roads. While it may not sound overly entertaining let me assure you that I got two standing ovations and the mayoral medal in public speaking that year. Or maybe I got a C….I will let you decide what is truth on that one. [READ MORE]
10/28/2011 – Kanku Dai
I have studied martial arts off and on for fifteen years. There have been breaks in between as my life has taken me all over North America. I have been out of formal training for a year now since my doctoral and work schedules made it extremely difficult to train on any sort of formal basis. Over the past few weeks I have decided to resume my training. For the time being I am doing this on my own but it looks like *knock on wood* that I will have the time to enroll with the karate club at Michigan State University. I want to start competing again so this is key for me. [READ MORE]