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you can't make me

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I live by this mantra: “You always have a choice.” When I think about the daily interactions I have with people, the stories and circumstances change, but the truth of that one statement – and its implications – does not. If you do not accept that you...


no is nice

The following is an excerpt from a chapter out of my book, The Best Advice So Far, entitled “Saying No”: I used to have a hard time saying no to people. It didn’t matter how many plates I had spinning at the time, if someone held another plate out and asked, “Gee, could you spin my...


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(un)hidden treasures

I was at the gym recently with my friend Dave.  After we’d picked things up and put them down a while, as we sat to have our traditional post-workout protein shake, Dave picked up a nearby magazine and started to thumb through it.  There was a picture of some kind of luxury sports car on...