Category Archives: Self Improvement

These 3 Credentials Can Ignite Your Career

As a corporate trainer, I spend many days teaching students how to prepare for certification exams. These individuals are fortunate because the companies that hire me pay for the entire training, including all the materials. I enjoy doing this type of work because the students are motivated to earning a professional credential. It’s great when… Read More »

3 Strategies to Motivate Yourself at Work

Some days it’s tough to put on your game face and stay focused on the activities ahead. For some, this work-related malaise strikes on Monday, but any day of the week can have a similar impact. The Morning Ritual As you jump in your car, and back it out of the driveway, you’re thinking of… Read More »

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Earning a College Degree

The decision to go back to school is tough for many people, especially considering the time and cost commitment. As a professor for nearly 20 years, I have seen many students come through my classes. I remember starting my college teaching days at Houston Community College, where many of the students were working adults, otherwise… Read More »

The Chubby Doctor Advised I Eat Less Cheese

Several years ago, I went to my annual medical physical, and after the routine procedures, I had a chance to chat with the doctor regarding my blood pressure, weight, and so on. Exercise has been part of my life since my days playing college baseball. It’s just something that I do nearly every day. Controlling… Read More »

The Lesson a Youth Soccer Goalie Taught Me

Over the weekend, I attended a youth soccer game here in San Antonio. This particular contest was played by kids ranging in age from 9-to-10. A boy named Caleb captured my attention. He was one of the best on the team, and I could tell that he was going to do whatever it took to… Read More »

The Benefits of Stupid O’clock

  While on a Disney Cruise with my family, the cruise director was discussing the activities for the next day. Look … tomorrow we arrive at Costa Maya around 1 p.m., so that means that you don’t have to get up at Stupid O’clock! While I’m sure he’s used this line many times, it was… Read More »

I’m the Guy in Charge of the Butter!

Many people take themselves too seriously. They sometimes think they are better than they really are. When they get a nice job and a good salary, they adopt a swagger. They walk into a restaurant thinking they own the place, and when drinks are slow in arriving, they are vociferous in their disgust. This situation… Read More »

After 4th Date – No Luck!

While attending high school in a small town in Kansas, I observed a situation that reinforced the importance of confidence. When you are confident about your chances of success, you are more likely to take a leap of faith. Of course, you must be prepared to fail. The Date Example While I was born in… Read More »