He was the second human to walk on the moon. His father, Edwin Aldrin, was an engineer and aviation pioneer, and friends with Charles Lindbergh and Orville Wright.
Buzz Aldrin was born to be an astronaut.
He saw himself as a lunar astronaut before there was technology to take him there. And yet, he not only believed it was possible, he structured all other aspects of his life around achieving this single endeavor.
But there was a flaw in Aldrin’s plan.
He never imagined what his life would be like after completing his goal. He never thought about the years…
Back in grade school, I remember taking the dreaded “achievement test.”
You probably remember this as a standardized group of questions with separate sections on math, English, social studies, and science.
The test was timed and at the bottom of each page, the instructions “Go On To The Next Page” made it clear we were supposed to keep working until finally reaching the last page of the section, which usually contained the single word, “Stop.”
But those big, bold words at the bottom of the page, “Go On To The Next Page,” have resurfaced many times over the years. …
I know many of you are busy putting together your plans for the new year. Some of you will make “resolutions,” making a list of the things in your life you want to change.
For example, you may want to stop smoking or lose weight, make more money, or find a new relationship, a better job, or perhaps change professions altogether. In short, you’re looking for a way to change or improve some situation in your life that’s not as positive or rewarding as it could be.
As you begin the goal-setting process, you may decide to use one of…
When I was about twelve, my family decided to visit the relatives living in a small town located in the great state of . . . well, it doesn’t matter. Let’s just say it’s one of the contiguous 48.
It was a pleasant little town, one of those out-of-the-way places that looked like it had sprung from the canvas of a Norman Rockwell painting. The storybook houses sat on deep, perfectly manicured yards, their long driveways sheltered by leafy canopies of oak and maple, while front porch swings buffered the illusion of Victorian propriety with down-home hospitality.
The downtown area…
As children, our choice of a future profession was usually the result of that week’s influences on our developing psyche. We took our cues from television and movies, popular books, or from conversations with friends.
Because at seven or eight-years-old, we were at our most impressionable, and our short attention spans made it easy to change our mind tomorrow. At that age, we didn’t have to consider the prerequisites of education or experience, and we were under no pressure to demonstrate our innate talent for the profession. …
When I was a 17-year-old high school senior, my father asked me if I’d made any plans concerning what I was going to do after I graduated — his way of asking if I’d found a job.
Our conversation was a follow up to a previous discussion we’d had a few weeks prior. He’d made it clear how important it was for me to continue my education. He added that he thought my goal of wanting to become an electrical engineer was a worthy objective.
The money he made came week-to-week, generated from a small grocery store located in a…
Attending company-sponsored events, seminars, conventions, and conferences are an integral part of working for the man.
Yes, most of these activities have been put on hold due to concerns over Covid-19. But managers also know the value of the added synergy resulting from meeting company executives and co-workers face-to-face. And after the current pandemic is contained, unless the organization is in a cash-flow crunch, you can expect the process of pressing the flesh to continue.
You may have talked to John Smith a dozen times on the phone, but chatting with John in person brings a different dynamic to the…
I’m writing this just a few days before Christmas — a time for holiday decorations, giving presents to family and friends, and setting the table with turkey and all the trimmings.
Ideally, we welcome the season as a time of generosity, kindness, and compassion. And we often do it by remembering and re-telling the stories that have become as much a part of the holiday as putting up a Christmas tree or hanging a sprig of mistletoe over a doorway.
There’s A Christmas Carol, written by Charles dickens in 1843, and The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry, published…
With a majority of business authors, bloggers, and work strategists touting the advantages of being an entrepreneur, why would anyone try to create a successful and rewarding career by working for someone else? It’s just the opposite of the popular argument preaching self-employment as the ideal way to wealth, independence, and happiness.
But just like the current rhetoric surrounding corporate employment — the inherent politics, hidden agendas, and adherence to the herd mentality — are often inaccurate generalizations, the benefits associated with entrepreneurship are not guaranteed.
One of them is facing the need to gain experience, skills, and credibility while…
Regardless of the newly “enlightened” attitudes that supposedly inhabit the upper floors of corporate America, we’re still a country of conservative traditionalists.
Once you step over the threshold of the workplace, you’ve entered a “no-offense” conversation zone, a place with strict levels of propriety and decorum — even if they’re not specifically defined or expressed.
If the subject prompts the question, Could others find this objectionable?, you’ve just disqualified it. If you have to ask, it’s off-limits by default.
Here’s the risk . . .
By revealing your past or current participation in unconventional behavior, you may find yourself banging…