I make no secret of the fact that I’m in the midst of a love affair with Venice. It almost didn’t happen.
My first visit was decades ago when I participated in a whirlwind tour of Europe. We zipped through Venice, were escorted to a glass factory store specializing in selling over priced goods to tourists and whisked away.
I was not impressed.
It wasn’t until 1999, on a short stay with my daughter, that I began to uncover the charms of Venice. Suddenly I understood why artists, poets, writers and musicians kept returning for fresh inspiration.
In its’ heyday, it was a […] Continue Reading…
Almost anytime I mention my siblings to someone who’s never met them, they smile and say, “You have the most interesting family.”
Although I think that my siblings are all fascinating people, I sometimes forget what a uniquely adventurous group we are. Until three years ago, getting together was a rare event that insured we were all on our best behavior when we congregate, but I think it goes much deeper than that.
Our siblings are, after all, the longest relationships most of us have. That shared history, no matter how good or how bad, lays a foundation that can’t quite […] Continue Reading…
What many people fail to realize is that dreams are extremely fragile—especially in their early days. Dreams need to be nurtured and surrounded by support.
Here are a handful of easy ways to get your dreams off to a great start.
° Passion must be present. While a dream may be born in passion, it’s up to you to keep it alive. If you’re halfhearted and lukewarm about them, your dreams will never come true.
One way to keep passion high is to spend a few minutes every day visualizing the successful completion of your dream. How does it look, smell, taste, sound, feel? […] Continue Reading…
They’re your dreams; it’s your life. No one else is going
to make things right for you. Only your actions can provide the
kind of life you want.
Marnie loves the symphony, but with a business in its infancy season tickets are a bit out of reach. That didn’t stop her from enjoying the full spectrum of concerts last year, however.
She became an usher at Symphony Hall and heard every note. In addition, she was […] Continue Reading…
Early last year, I got a request from Marianne Cantwell to participate in a video project she was putting together. It seemed simple enough when she first proposed it.
Marianne asked me and several others to answer in a sentence or two the question, “What do you wish you had known when you were eighteen?”
I began thinking about my eighteen-year-old self and realized that like most people that age, I was busily trying to figure out what I thought.
What kind of life did I want to have for myself? Was it easier to settle for an uninspired life or listen […] Continue Reading…
Several years ago, a television interviewer asked Sophia Loren the secret of her success. The actress didn’t hesitate for a moment. “I am successful,” she replied, “because I was willing to give up being anonymous.”
It appears that anyone who ultimately achieves their dreams has a clear idea what the trade-off was that was needed to accomplish it. It’s a characteristic often lacking in those who attribute their lack of success to bad breaks, circumstances over which they had no control or lack of money.
Money, in fact, becomes a popular scapegoat in stories about failure.
Most often, however, our dreams are […] Continue Reading…
I recently moved and came across the materials from a seminar that you hosted with Valerie Young in western Massachusetts. I found the Work at What You Love workbook and now I am living the life I wrote about then. I’m actually doing even more creative stuff than I could have dreamed of back then.
I remember that I loved the seminar but really was at a place where I thought the ideas would work for anyone but not me. I had very low self-esteem in the area of work because I kept choosing jobs that were a poor match.
This […] Continue Reading…
Here’s another postcard from the field that caught my fancy.
I think so often in this world people think that being good at business is about being clever, but the thing about business is that it involves people—and people are interested in what’s in your heart.
I have worked at many different things, but one that gave me incredible insight was being a children’s entertainer. Children will automatically want to join in with whatever activity you want them to engage in as long as you look like you’re having a magical time.
If you are following your bliss, they will join in […] Continue Reading…