Category Archives: Humility

A Successful Failure

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Who do you look to for leadership?  It’s hard to get from here to there if you don’t know the way.  Some paths are marked with booby traps and dead ends, and we need men and women who have been there to share their experience.  When I’ve selected my leaders unwisely I’ve gotten into loads of trouble.  At 13 I chose … Continue reading A Successful Failure »

The Crucible of Character

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   “Character is like a tree and reputation is like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” — Abraham Lincoln I’ve often found myself asking, “Am I the real thing?”  I’ve wrestled with my shadow self through much of my life, maybe because it’s been easier hyping the image of me than experiencing … Continue reading The Crucible of Character »

A Successful Life

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn What constitutes a successful life?  We are accustomed to defining success in terms of wealth, power and prestige.  But is this what truly makes for a successful life? The word success comes from the Latin succedere, which simply means “make something happen.”  So what if the something accrued to the benefit of others rather than oneself?  What if success was defined by a person’s value to others? … Continue reading A Successful Life »

Beyond Prejudice

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn     I’ve been asking myself where exactly does prejudice come from. Inherited insecurities? Superiority complex? Prejudicial teaching? In 1954 Gordon Allport linked prejudice to categorical thinking claiming prejudice was a natural and normal process for humans. According to him, “The human mind must think with the aid of categories…once formed categories become the basis for prejudgement. We can’t possibly avoid … Continue reading Beyond Prejudice »

Finding Goodness

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   Where are the Good Men?  Charlie Brown has always been for me an illustration of goodness, a kind of compass that points to true north. Before I got sober, I sometimes felt like Alice in Wonderland when she slipped down the rabbit hole: reality no longer mattered, truth had become fiction, good people were now bad, heroes now villains. When … Continue reading Finding Goodness »