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Why shouldn’t you ‘Follow Your Passion’?

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Why shouldn’t you ‘Follow Your Passion’?

Introduction I had the opportunity to speak to 8th – 12th graders about careers and life last month at Master Charter’s Career Day and Upper Darby High’s Java Programming class.  I wasn’t sure the young men and women in the classes were paying attention until I saw the pictures.       We talked about…

Depression

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Depression

Introduction This is the story of the most painful period of my life. This is the story of my family, the hard parts and the redemption. This is the story for people suffering without hope. Watch the first ninety seconds and you will never look at me the same again. Watch until the end and…

Distance Yourself

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Distance Yourself

I read a great article a few weeks ago that I’d like to simplify.  You can read the article first or read the condensed version below. The concept the article relates is “psychological distance”.  To understand this idea, you need to step outside yourself mentally.  Change your person, space, or time by imagining yourself living:…

Self, are you there? Self???

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Self, are you there?  Self???

Come to send, not condescend. Transcendental consequence. Is to transcend where we are. Who are we? Who we are. – Eddie Vedder     Who are we? Is there a self? What is real about me and what is a figment of my imagination? I’ve pondered those questions often. I found some great insight in…

Would you choose: (1) more years in your life or (2) more life in your years?

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Would you choose: (1) more years in your life or (2) more life in your years?

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln This quote hangs on the door of my Dad’s fridge in his 2nd floor apartment in Ardmore.  I bought it for him a few years ago imagining what he would be like if…

Speech – Lessons in Life from a Journey Through the Ring

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One of my other goals this year is to improve my speaking skills.  I’ve recently been practicing and delivering a speech titled Lessons in Life from a Journey Through the Ring.  This speech is about one of the fighters I trained for a long time and his story of learning humility, self-awareness, and perseverance through the martial arts…

Interviewing (Part I – Introspection)

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Interviewing (Part I – Introspection)

Over the last eighteen months, I’ve done a lot of interviewing and screening candidates for software engineering and project managements positions.  I’d estimate that I’ve performed over fifty phone screens and interviews.  In addition, I applied for a position as an R&D Manager in my department and was offered the position, despite several other excellent…

Finding the perspective to “the good life”

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Finding the perspective to “the good life”

“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.” – Chinese Proverb When does the good life begin?  “Life is hard.” the old man woud say…

Metabolism (Part I) – Getting healthy, staying lean, knowing your body

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Metabolism (Part I) – Getting healthy, staying lean, knowing your body

Following up on last week’s theme of resolutions, the most common resolution you hear about is people wanting to lose weight. Everybody has a new program, a new diet, a new concoction they’re ingesting to lose a few pounds. One of my friends asked me last week why his program wasn’t working? My first question…

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