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How to Build Confidence in New Situations

7/11/2018
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I think all parents want their kids to have a healthy sense of confidence, especially when they’re going into a new or unfamiliar situation — like attending a new school, or moving to a new neighborhood. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a proven way to do that in exactly those situations? Well, it turns [read more] The post How to Build Confidence in New Situations appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:03:49

“What do you care what other people think?”

6/13/2018
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One of the most prevalent human frailties — one that begins in childhood and stays with us the rest of our lives — is a concern about what other people think of us. To a 10-year-old, it might be what the other kids will think of her new tennis shoes. To a teenage boy, it [read more] The post “What do you care what other people think?” appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:05:38

The Problem of Getting Something for Nothing

5/16/2018
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Thomas Paine once observed, “That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.” If true, that might suggest that something we obtain for free we don’t esteem at all. But so what? Does it really matter if we esteem something too lightly? One person who knows something about that is John Chancellor. Paying for [read more] The post The Problem of Getting Something for Nothing appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:05:14

What Happens When a Japanese Woman Decides to be Friends with a “Very White Male”

4/23/2018
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Becky Okamoto is the principal and founder of an operational consulting company called the Evoke Strategy Group, LLC. But she’s an engineer by training, and spent most of her career in and around manufacturing. Meeting Marvin Earlier in her career, she was part of the leadership team at a production facility in California. It was [read more] The post What Happens When a Japanese Woman Decides to be Friends with a “Very White Male” appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:05:52

Surviving Prom Night

4/3/2018
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Prom night is supposed to be one of the most exciting events of our lives. At least that’s what Walethia Aquil thought as a senior at Northwestern High School in Flint, Michigan. Unfortunately for her, it turned out to be one of the worst. Just a few weeks before the prom, Walethia didn’t even think [read more] The post Surviving Prom Night appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:08:51

Here’s What Happens When You Wait Too Long to Say, “I’m Sorry”

3/6/2018
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When Darrell was in the third grade he did something he’s regretted for the thirty-five years since. What was his unforgettable and unpardonable sin? He wrote a poem. A very bad poem. Darrell’s class had been learning the rhyme and meter of several forms of poetry. One particular week they learned about limericks. That’s a [read more] The post Here’s What Happens When You Wait Too Long to Say, “I’m Sorry” appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:05:52

The Only Way to Listen Better by Talking More

2/12/2018
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Listening is one of the most important communication tools we have. In fact, it’s one of the only two requirements for actually having a conversation — the other being it’s far more popular teammate: talking. But even when we do listen, most of us listen with the intent of responding, not with the intent of [read more] The post The Only Way to Listen Better by Talking More appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:06:13

Dealing with Loss: The Great Berkeley Fire of 1991

1/22/2018
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People lose things every day—a set of keys, a matching sock, or the homework they can’t find on their computer—all minor daily frustrations. Not the kind of loss most people need help dealing with. The kind we need help with is the kind of loss that stops your heart, forever alters the course of your [read more] The post Dealing with Loss: The Great Berkeley Fire of 1991 appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:08:32

Professional Comedian Drew Tarvin Shares an Antidote for Prejudice and Hatred

12/18/2017
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If you follow my Lead with a Story blog or podcast, you’ll know that last week I had professional comedian and self-described “humor engineer” Drew Tarvin on to talk about one of the most attractive parts of human nature — courage. This week I’m having him join me on my Parenting with a Story channel to [read more] The post Professional Comedian Drew Tarvin Shares an Antidote for Prejudice and Hatred appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:13:03

Facing Down the Demon of Perfectionism

11/27/2017
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Giving up isn’t always a bad thing. There are many legitimate reasons to give up on any task. Maybe you’ve accomplished enough of it already. Maybe the cost of continuing outweighs the benefits of succeeding. Or maybe you’ve just lost interest in the goal. But there are some bad reasons to give up as well. [read more] The post Facing Down the Demon of Perfectionism appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:17:12

A Dying Mother’s Gift to Her Children

11/7/2017
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When I was fourteen years old, my mother was diagnosed with an advanced case of pneumonia. For four months, her doctors tried every treatment known to cure it, none of which had any effect. Then they realized why. She didn’t have pneumonia. She had lung cancer. They’d been misled by the strangely uniform and checkered [read more] The post A Dying Mother’s Gift to Her Children appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:06:12

4 Steps to Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle

10/16/2017
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Neil Brown is a psychotherapist and author of the book Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle. He joined me this week to share 4 steps to break out of the too-typical battle of wills parents have with their teenagers. He shared an all too familiar example of parents of teenagers who fall short of their school and [read more] The post 4 Steps to Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:22:47

How NOT to Break a Date with a Boy

9/25/2017
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When Renée Sicina was a high school freshman in Winslow, Maine, she did what many fifteen-year-old girls do. She developed a crush on a senior. We’ll call him Dave, and he was gorgeous. He was also smart, and funny, and mature, and he could drive a car. What was not to like? But he was [read more] The post How NOT to Break a Date with a Boy appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:07:02

What Self-Reliant People Do When “I’m sorry, we tried everything” Just Won’t Cut It

9/5/2017
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What can kids and grown-ups learn from a 5-year-old boy with Down syndrome, an unsympathetic insurance company, and a leadership team willing to take matters into their own hands? A lot, it turns out, about self-empowered, and self-reliant behavior — something most parents want to see in their kids (and most executives want to see more [read more] The post What Self-Reliant People Do When “I’m sorry, we tried everything” Just Won’t Cut It appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:06:38

Forest Fires, Missing the Boat, and Sleeping in Our Clothes: 11 Life Skills Learned Through Our Mediterranean Vacation Disaster

8/1/2017
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I’m writing these words from a tiny, hot, and unglamorous airport hotel room at the Charles De Gaulle airport outside Paris with no luggage, no change of clothes, and no air conditioning. I should be home in Ohio right now. But instead, I’m hunkered down with my family at the end of a 10-day vacation [read more] The post Forest Fires, Missing the Boat, and Sleeping in Our Clothes: 11 Life Skills Learned Through Our Mediterranean Vacation Disaster appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati,...

Duration:00:07:17

Justice, Conscience, and Backyard Fireworks: An Independence Day Ethical Dilemma

7/4/2017
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Every culture has a code of conduct by which behavior is measured. Some is written in our laws, and we often learn of those expectations in formal schooling. But much is left for subtler forms of influence. We generally learn those from our own gut reaction and from the reaction our behavior elicits from other [read more] The post Justice, Conscience, and Backyard Fireworks: An Independence Day Ethical Dilemma appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:07:11

Showing Up — The First Strategy of Successful People

6/19/2017
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Woody Allen once said, “80% of success is showing up.” Here’s what that looks like in real life. In this case, the life of a 16-year-old high school student in New York. In most cases when you try to be self-reliant, people around you will encourage you. But it’s not always that way. Sometimes being [read more] The post Showing Up — The First Strategy of Successful People appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:05:24

“Do I Really Need to Hear This?”

5/30/2017
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In 2013, I was having lunch with a colleague of mine who used to work for me in the department I ran. A few months earlier she’d moved to a new department and so now had a new boss. She reminded me of something she’d told me earlier — that in talking to her new [read more] The post “Do I Really Need to Hear This?” appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:04:37

One Sure Sign You Need New Friends

5/8/2017
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For most people, especially young people, hearing one person demean another is a particularly juicy piece of gossip. It’s therefore one of the hardest to keep from sharing, especially from the person the insulting comments are about. They sometimes justify it by telling themselves, “I’m just being a good friend by telling her. After all, [read more] The post One Sure Sign You Need New Friends appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:04:32

Ambition, Regret, and College Applications

4/17/2017
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What colleges did you apply to in high school? Did you apply to colleges at all? Do you regret those decisions now? And what would you do differently if you could do it over again? Those are the questions I would have liked to have asked my future middle-aged self when I was a teenager. [read more] The post Ambition, Regret, and College Applications appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:05:58