Are You a Child or a Business Professional?

Catholic business leaders need to be childlike

And Jesus said absolutely nowhere…”Are you a child or are you a mature business professional”? He did say however, in Matthew 18: 3-4 “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  I just read that passage and I wondered whether Jesus had the […]


I had a 100 house paper route when I was 14 growing up in Ohio. It taught me about running a micro business and as part of that, I developed grit. I define grit as the ability to persevere when things get tough. It’s part of character development. My first lesson in grit was when […]

The Pleasure – Pain Principle and the Real Reason Nothing Changes in Our Lives

  The pleasure – pain principle is simply that humans recoil from pain and run toward pleasure. That makes sense obviously. This principle is the primary reason we don’t work on our behaviors that we know we need in order to improve ourselves in all areas of life from weight loss, relationships, work, even our prayer life. […]

Create Innovation Teams at the Diocese or Parish Level

As a citizen of Centennial Colorado, I get the city newsletter mailed to my home quarterly. One of the articles was about Centennial’s Innovation Team that is gathering community input on solutions to common aging challenges of its citizens. The areas of focus include work and volunteer opportunities, transportation, engagement, health, finance, community, housing and […]

There Is Nothing New Under The Sun

Today’s first reading is thought to be written by Solomon around 2,300 years ago. He wouldn’t be surprised that, other than high tech tools and toys, humanity hasn’t changed one bit. It’s true that there really isn’t anything new under the sun. Eccl 1:2-11 Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!What […]

The Formula For Change in 2016 (or The “Who Moved My Cheese?” Formulation)

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Executive Summary:  The change you desire in life starts with you. Your destiny always has and always will be solely and completely your responsibility. You shouldn’t really be surprised by that!  Your life as assessed by you is the sum total of all your choices up to right now. The great news is that if […]

You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack

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You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack You may find yourself in another part of the world You may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife You may ask yourself: well… how did I get here? –  Once in […]