Setting Goals: When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

finish line

Last week I shared how circumstances got in the way of one of the goals I set this year. Today I thought I'd share another example of my goals being interrupted by life and events outside of my control. But in this case, it almost immediately turned … [Read more...]

The Biggest Loser Controversy

The Biggest Loser Rachel Frederickson

The weight-loss reality television show, The Biggest Loser, just crowned it's latest winner. 24-year-old Rachel Frederickson lost 155 pounds and took home the honor of being named The Biggest Loser. By all accounts that should be measured as a … [Read more...]

Goal Setting: A New Approach

goal setting

I was raised to set goals. I think most of us are. Goal-setting was also advocated by many of the success gurus I used to follow. I remember one in particular—Mark Victor Hansen, of Chicken Soup for the Soul fame—who suggested we ought to have 100 … [Read more...]

Reality TV vs. Reality

Top Chef Stacey Poon-Kinney

Last summer we watched a reality TV show called Food Network Star. I'm not usually a fan of reality TV shows, however, I do enjoy shows that showcase people's talents. Although I could do without all the drama! One of the contestants in this … [Read more...]

Miley Cyrus: Train Wreck or Marketing Genius?

miley cyrus

Like many people I've watched the Miley Cyrus circus unfold over the past month. I can't say I like what I've seen. Especially as a mother of a young woman myself. Quite honestly, I didn't expect to be giving her media exposure, because I know … [Read more...]

Experience vs. Theoretical Knowledge

fact vs. fiction

What makes someone an expert? What qualifies them to teach others how to do something, give "expert" advice or offer an "expert" critique? As someone who has actually been doing for a living (for nearly 30 years) what I studied in college, my … [Read more...]

Why I Decided To Enter Blogger Idol


Earlier this week I heard about a blogging contest called Blogger Idol. You know, kind of like American Idol, except instead of singing to win the coveted title, we blog. As a blogger since 2006, I thought Hey I should enter this thing. But then … [Read more...]

Why Marketing Hype Doesn’t Work

hype-y salesman

I detest marketing hype. And usually it's pretty easy to spot. The exaggerated promises. The over-the-top delivery. The... well, hype! When I encounter it, I cringe. And I run away, fast. Because I believe if you have to hype something that much, … [Read more...]

Cleaning up the Self-Help Industry

self help books

James Arthur Ray, the self-help guru who was convicted of negligent homicide after three people died in a sweat lodge ceremony at his Spiritual Warrior Camp in 2009 (which I wrote about in Breaking the Spell), was quietly released from prison last … [Read more...]

Shining the Spotlight on Failure

Going out of business sign

Pulling the plug. Recently I bumped into a blog called My Startup has 30 Days to Live. It chronicles the downfall of a "bootstrapped and profitable startup" that's just shy of two years old. Yes, it's about a tech company that jumped on the "VC … [Read more...]