“Grit: The Power of Passion and Perserverance”

Grit: Grit in psychology is a positive, non-cognitive trait based on an individual’s perseverance of effort combined with the passion for a particular long-term goal or end state. This perseverance of effort promotes the overcoming of obstacles or challenges that lie on the path to accomplishment and serves as a driving force in achievement realization. […]

Self-discipline starts in the mind

Short and sweet, right to the point. 100% accurate. You see, achieving “success” at your goal requires taking action. The goal could be becoming a successful actor/musician/artist, losing weight, exercising regularly, writing a blog, earning a degree, passing a certification exam or any number of other things. Whatever the goal is, getting there will most […]

Could “anarchy” work?

This word “anarchy” sprung to mind almost immediately when I learned of the “Reddit Social Experiment” that was carried out on 4/1/17. An excerpt from the current New Yorker magazine article where I read about this project: Last April Fools’, instead of a parody announcement, Reddit unveiled a genuine social experiment. It was called r/Place, […]

Living by faith

As Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. “You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has […]

The greatest winners don’t always win – or do they?

The 6th episode of “Tom vs Time” was released yesterday and while watching it, I started to realize that maybe “winning” and “losing” can have multiple meanings. Here are some quotes from his interview captured in the film: “You realize that with time, the emotion will go away.” “We didn’t get the outcome we wanted, […]

“Anything that is routine or repetitive will be automated”

This warning was (again) discussed recently at a meeting of the World Economic Forum. The future of work is going to look very different, as automation and Artificial Intelligence make many manual, repetitive jobs obsolete. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, robots could replace 800 million jobs by 2030, while the World Economic Forum suggests […]

If you want something bad enough

If you want something bad enough, you will find a way to make it happen. If you don’t, you will find an excuse. Remember, excuses sound best to the people who make them up. Results speak for themselves and to everybody else.

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 […]

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 […]

Lessons in leadership – an official’s perspective

Men and women of many backgrounds find their way to officiating through a variety of paths. For me, the journey began as a way to make friends. While I had some prior experience as a player, I knew basically nothing about officiating and did not know a single active official when I first started. I […]