A Matter of Class

What do you mean when you say another person has class or is a class act? Is it a matter of wealth or fame? Or is it how they act toward you or others?

As a journalist, I’ve met and interviewed thousands of people. Of those, five struck me as being a class act. Even now, as long as fifty years afterward, I not only remember them and what they did and said, but also the surroundings in which I visited with them.

Three were farmers, Ben near Houlton, Maine, Marion near Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and Paul near Caliente, … Read the rest “A Matter of Class”

Two Bits of Smarts

Want to become rich and famous? For a price, hundreds of thousands of books, videos, lectures, and motivational speakers will tell you how.

The magic, however, may lie in forgotten, ignored, or unknown strategies so plain and simple they come for free, so powerful you may never forget them.

Here’s the first one.

Sometimes, someone who seems to be low in self esteem will ask me for help. They’re unable to see, much less imagine, how much talent they have to offer the world. Rather than me doing the heavy lifting, I challenge them to discover that for themselves.

I … Read the rest “Two Bits of Smarts”