So You Want To Be a Freelance Entrepreneur? Five Myths to Consider

When I was stuck in a job that I was emotionally over, and I read the book 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. The book details his decision to give up the confines of full-time employment to discover the adventurous life of a self-created freelance career and in exotic locations all over the world. To determine … Continue reading

Ages 55-70 and Can’t Find a Job? 5 Things You Should Be Doing Now

The 56 year old former publishing executive sat across from the table from me at Starbucks greatly troubled because he was laid off from a prestigious New York City magazine publishing company two months prior, and he still was unemployed despite an aggressive search for new work. John had worked for his former company over … Continue reading

From Thomas Merton: A Prayer For the Confused

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. … Continue reading

Every Moment a Gift

‎Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis: all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace. … Continue reading

Ray Bradbury: On Following Your Heart, Doing What You Love, and Tuning Out The Naysayers

Ray Bradbury, the beloved writer who gave science fiction its soul, died last week. In 1990, John Ezard of the UK’s Guardian interviewed Bradbury and asked him how he discovered his vocation as a writer. Bradbury told this story, explaining how he learned to follow his bliss and to tune out those voices that urged … Continue reading

Rest In Peace, Steve Jobs

I am saddened by the loss of Steve Jobs tonight. If there was an Edison or Einstein who walked among us in my life time, it was him. Many today are focusing on his leadership and vision for Apple, but I hope that his contributions to storytelling and the arts won’t be missed in all … Continue reading

It’s Not About You: Life is About Losing Yourself, Not Finding Yourself

David Brooks in today’s NYT writes a most thoughtful op-ed about the messages we give to college graduates. I post it here as a counter-balance to the Oprah article I posted last week. I think it is a helpful correction to Oprah’s advice, reminding us that much of success is not found in finding our … Continue reading

“The Journey” A Poem by Mary Oliver

I love this poem of Mary Oliver about the vocational journey. To know more about the usually private poet Mary Oliver, check out Maria Shriver’s interview with her in this month’s O Magazine here:

Life Lessons #3: Go Where There Is Room to Play

I had lunch with a good friend last week in Beverly Hills to discuss a decision that has been on my platter for a while, but now it’s time for me to make a final choice. I’m tired of, as the Hebrew prophet Elijah counseled against, “limping between opinions.” Should I move in one direction, … Continue reading

Life Lessons #2: Not Everyone Is Your Friend

“What strikes the shell does not damage the pearl inside.” Rumi Some of my readers will be surprised that I had to state the obvious. They know not everyone is their friend, and they generally don’t trust others until they prove themselves. I am just the opposite, and to some extent, proud to be. I … Continue reading