Quitting Time

Have you ever been so frustrated (or tired, or upset)….that you just wanted to quit? I know the feeling. I’ve been there lots of times….from jobs that seemed to be going nowhere, to relationships that didn’t seem to work anymore, to goals I’ve been pursuing……that didn’t seem to be worth pursuing as much.  Some times, […]

3 Ways to Get Out of a Rut

Have you ever been stuck in one place, without making any progress? Whether it’s writers’ block, losing weight, or moving towards a goal, I think we all have had times where things just seem to be ‘stuck’, with no way to move forward. There have been many times when I’ve sat, motionless, staring at a […]

Fail, Rinse, Repeat.

Have you ever failed at something? Pretty much everyone has at one time or another. We’ve all heard stories about famous ‘failures’ like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Abraham Lincoln. Those stories have been told so often they sometimes lose their impact. What we sometimes miss are the opportunities to learn from smaller mistakes, or […]

You Say it’s Your Birthday…..

…”Well, happy birthday to you!” goes the Beatles song. Every year, it reliably shows up, and I work through the inevitable jokes, comments and (welcome) birthday wishes. I try not to make a big deal out of my birthday….not because I mind getting older (I don’t), but I try to take the time to do […]

This is Why We Fight….

Over the past week or so, I’ve been writing about the Empire State Building Run-Up. I’m running it for a lot of reasons – it’s a challenge, it’s exciting, and it’s a bucket list item – not a lot of people get a chance to do it, so when the opportunity came up, I jumped […]

What a Difference a Year Makes….

As we’re coming up to the end of 2013, I’m looking back over the year to see if I’ve accomplished everything I thought I would. I’ve hit the mark on some goals, missed on others. The big thing I’ve realized is that it’s one more trip around the sun….and I need to make the best […]

Crowd Computing…

It’s incredible to see how Amazon Web Services (AWS) has grown from just a way to use excess storage capacity to the dominant player in cloud computing. Sure, there are other providers out there, and to be clear, some very capable providers in the market, including Rackspace, Google and Microsoft, but with over $3 billion in […]

Think Bigger.

There’s a book that’s a staple in many self-improvement libraries called “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz. The text on the front of the book says, “Acquire the secrets of success… Achieve everything you’ve ever wanted: Personal Property * Financial Security * The Ideal Job, Satisfying Relationships * A Rewarding and Enjoyable Life.” […]

How to Pass the PMP (or any) Certification Exam

Back in high school, I wanted to be a radio personality. In order to get a full-time job, however, you had to pass the FCC 3rd Class Operator exam. I was a decent student in high school, but a little cocky. I perused the book, but didn’t work all that hard at it, figuring that […]

Are you Certifiable?

As in instructor in my company’s PMP (Project Management Professional) boot camp, I’m sometimes asked why certifications are so important. I have more letters behind my last name than are actually IN my last name (which is kind of hard to do, if you think about it). Certifications are generally used to demonstrate knowledge, set […]