Month: July 2012

America Isn’t Over & Neither Are You

Frank Rich’s recent column in New York magazine – “Declinist Panic” – is worth a read. He reminds us of the longstanding American tradition of fondly remembering a more perfect past while loudly lamenting the decrepitude of our present condition. Then, he handily skewers both sentiments with the truth: the past was not as wonderful

There is No Gain in Pain

In the 20th Century, many coaches and physical trainers used a trite, but powerful message to urge athletes on to ever higher levels of performance. “No pain, no gain” was the conventional wisdom. Push yourself until it hurts, and then, push yourself some more. That was the way you achieved athletic success, or so they

Dreams Built to Last

What’s the most important single factor in forging a successful career in this relentlessly demanding century of ours? Some would point to education, of course, and clearly that’s critical. We live in an age when knowledge is growing at a breathtaking pace. And yet, 53.8 percent of recent college graduates under the age of 25

Shore Up Our Weaknesses First

Recently, I did a column for Huffington Post on fixing the skill deficit among many American workers. An excerpt follows. To read the entire column, click on this link. One-out-of-five American working men and women are now unemployed or under-employed. And yet, with 3.4 million jobs currently standing open, it’s not as if the land

Recommended Summer Reading: A Multitude of Hope

Recommended Summer Reading: A Multitude of Hope Recently, a reviewer on Amazon.com strongly recommended that readers add A Multitude of Hope to their summer reading list. The book is Peter Weddle’s new novel about what’s happening to the American Dream. It’s a tale of three out-of-work Baby Boomers and a secret online group of workplace

Recommended Summer Reading: A Multitude of Hope

Recommended Summer Reading: A Multitude of Hope Recently, a reviewer on Amazon.com strongly recommended that readers add A Multitude of Hope to their summer reading list. The book is Peter Weddle’s new novel about what’s happening to the American Dream. It’s a tale of three out-of-work Baby Boomers and a secret online group of workplace