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One Thing: Gratitude

It seems like gratitude is becoming a buzz-word, just like others in a long line of buzz words (take your pick, according to your perspective). This may seem unfortunate, however, buzz-word or not, I’ll continue to keep gratitude a top focus in my life, because it’s played a huge role in the way things have unfolded for me for more than 20 years. Continue reading

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One Thing: Take Your Own Advice

It happened to me.
A few years ago, I finally took my own advice.

Has that ever happened to you?
I hope so. It’s a great feeling when you take your own advice.
I got out of my own way.
And, it is paying off, big time, even when the proverbial ‘poo’ hits the fan.
In keeping with the promise of the Landmark Forum (more about that later), I am leading an extraordinary life (this was not always the case).

Here are just a few things I have learned over the years that make it stick. Maybe you can relate: Continue reading

Foodie: A Family Distinction

My mom and I, early 2012

My mom on her birthday, early 2012, as her hair was growing back, so thick and curly

I come by it “honestly”, as they say.  My mom was a “foodie” before there was such a term.

Whether you resonate or resent the terminology, there are people in our world for whom food matters; people who appreciate food and all it’s characteristics:  the colors, the aromas, the techniques, flavor profiles, cultural aspects and unifying characteristics.  “Foodie” is a general term, in my mind, for those people.  Food transcends so much.  It often speaks a language which can bring cultures together, much like music, wine, a baby’s coo, a puppy’s hop, a cat’s purr, and true love.   Continue reading

5 Business Lessons From My Mother

My mom 14 months after her last chemo treatment

My mom 14 months after her last chemo treatment #BusinessTips #GetYourSlice

My mom is wise, generous, and kind – and she knows her way around business, and money-making.  I know she wouldn’t want me to reveal the particulars about her finances (she’s still grumbling about the extremely personal details I revealed in the blog I wrote while she had cancer), so I won’t.  But she is a smart cookie when it comes to business building and investing.  She’s done ok for herself; on her own for the past 40 years….let’s just leave it at that.

Inherent in every moment of my mom’s life, there is evidence of basic business principles she raised us with, lucky for me.  Her father, who emigrated from Baghdad, was also a great teacher.  He led our family with a gentle, yet firm approach to the family business, and a work ethic that wouldn’t quit.  Continue reading