Freedom of speech – privilege or a right?

Either ALL people in a society have an unaLIENable right to freedom of speech – or NONE have such a right. There is no such thing as a right enjoyed by “some” people but not others – that is called a privilege. There is no opinion or point of view that is unprotected. Does this […]

How to avoid criticism

In order to avoid criticism in life, it is simple. Be nothing, do nothing and say nothing. Nobody will notice you, and they will certainly not waste a breath talking about what you are doing. On the other hand, when you go outside your comfort zone – you will trip, fall and get laughed at […]

Unfamiliarity presents a choice

“I am not afraid of the unfamiliar. I look forward to doing business with people that I may not know. I get to know them, we catch a vibe, and we move in the direction of results.” – Tyrese Gibson When presented with an opportunity to experience something unfamiliar, do you usually rise towards the […]

Mental toughness is no accident

“Serenity is not freedom from the storm; it is calm within the storm.” – Anonymous I found the above as an intro to an article I read called “The Emotional Side to Officiating“. While the author of the article writes particularly about officiating men’s lacrosse games, the advice applies just the same to officials in […]

Wasting your time

If you waste the time you have now, later in life opportunities you once had won’t be available anymore. When you realize this, all you are left with is regret that you wasted the time you had when the opportunity was available. Unfortunately since you can only see lost opportunity in the rearview mirror – you […]

The importance of now cannot be overstated

You cannot overestimate how important it is to pay mind to how you are spending your time, most particularly the present moment. With this moment right now, you must always be thinking – is what I am doing getting me closer to where I want to go? If it is, then great. Keep doing what […]

The most important decision

“The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.” – Albert Einstein You have within yourself the power and ability to manifest either reality. Which one you create and experience is a matter of choice. If you look for pain, drama, disfunction and suffering – you […]

The irony of “Mindset”

I recently began reading a book called Mindset in which the author divides people into two groups (mindsets). Group 1, the so-called “fixed mindset” population, believes that success and achievement come primarily to people who are gifted with certain talents and abilities in a given area. Group 2, the so-called “growth mindset” population, believes that […]

There is value to your knowledge

There is nothing wrong with asserting the value of the knowledge that you possess. When in doubt, keep in mind the story of Charles Proteus Steinmetz assisting one of Henry Fords’s engineering teams, as can be read in the Smithsonian Magazine: Ford, whose electrical engineers couldn’t solve some problems they were having with a gigantic […]

Getting better through experience

According to the USA Hockey Advanced Officiating Manual, the best officials are those who develop game management skills, an ability to exercise good judgment, and a demeanor of level-headed confidence. In particular, this bullet point stuck out to me: Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment. I’d say that same lesson applies […]