Category Archives for Street Smarts

Help People With Street Smarts

“If you were to go around asking people what would make them happier, you’d get answers like ‘A new car. A bigger house. A raise in pay. Winning the lottery.’ Very few would say, ‘A chance to help people.’ And yet that is what brings about the most happiness of all.” I wish I would […]

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Red, White and True Blue

June 14 is Flag Day, celebrating the 13 stripes and the 50 stars that symbolize our humble beginnings and our growth into one unified nation.   On June 14, 1777, in Philadelphia, the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress adopted a resolution that stated: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, […]

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The Sleep Doctor Puts Your Worries To Rest

When I am asked what I would like on my tombstone, my standard reply is, “He couldn’t sleep fast enough.” For my entire life, I’ve been afraid that I will miss something, so I cheat on sleep. I can’t tell you how many years I’ve been getting by on five to six hours of sleep. After listening […]

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Encouragement Unleashes Potential

Thomas Edison’s teacher said he was a poor student. His mother was furious at that characterization and took him out of school and taught him at home. Edison gave this account of the incident in an interview published on Nov. 29, 1907: “One day I overheard the teacher tell the inspector that I was ‘addled’ and it […]

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Thinking big is not enough

I’ve always considered myself quite bold when it comes to business and taking risks.  I can live with failing a few times knowing that I will eventually be successful because I am determined to be. I’ve found a like-minded colleague in Jeffrey Hayzlett, host of Bloomberg Television’s “C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett” and author of an […]

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It doesn’t get any more real than this

From all appearances, Gretchen Carlson has lived a charmed life.  From being a child violin prodigy to admission to Stanford University to becoming Miss America to a tremendously successful broadcast television personality, happily married with two children she adores, she seems to have it all. But it was not just handed to her, nor was […]

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Practice, practice, practice – perfectly

Everyone thinks practice makes perfect.  That’s wrong. Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi said you have to add one word – “Perfect practice makes perfect.” I heard a man complaining that he had ten years of experience at work but never got promoted.  Here’s the real question.  Did he have ten years of experience?  Or did […]

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Harvey’s short course in class

You have probably heard the term, “He or she is a class act.”  Of course, it’s always a compliment.  But exactly what does that mean? Class is easy to recognize but much harder to define.  Similarly, the absence of class is easy to detect – and a serious flaw for anyone who aspires to be […]

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How to make New Year’s resolutions you’ll keep

It is New Year’s Eve and Charlie Brown says to Lucy:  “Next year I am going to be a changed person.” “That’s a laugh,” says Lucy sarcastically. “I mean it,” says Charlie, “I’m going to be strong and firm.” “Forget it,” says Lucy.  “You’ll always be wishy-washy.” “Well,” answers Charlie defensively, “One day I will […]

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Your mind is what really matters

Golfing great Arnold Palmer said:  “My father always said to me, ‘Remember, whatever game you play, 90 percent of success is from the shoulders up.’” Palmer has never flaunted his success as a golfer or businessman.  When I visited him a couple years ago in Latrobe, Pa., I learned that although he has won hundreds […]

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