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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


The 25-Year-Late Apology

3/27/2017
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David Hutchens spent his elementary school years in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the age of five, he met a classmate who would become his best friend for most of those elementary years. We’ll call him Pete. David and Pete spent much of their time together as best friends will do. Until fifth grade, that is. [read more] The post The 25-Year-Late Apology appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration: 00:07:37


“Silence, please. My king is coming.”

3/6/2017
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There’s a difference between respect and reverence. Showing respect involves being considerate and tolerant of other people. In short, treating other people the way you would want to be treated. But reverence is another thing entirely. Reverence is “a feeling of profound awe and respect and often love.” So while most well-mannered people display respect [read more] The post “Silence, please. My king is coming.” appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration: 00:08:28


The Phone Call My Parents Never Return

2/11/2017
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The Phone Message I call my parents on my birthday. I have done this for the past 30 years. I am their only child. Not surprisingly, they do not answer. I leave a lengthy message sharing all that has happened with me and my family. I ask them to return my call. They never have. [read more] The post The Phone Call My Parents Never Return appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration: 00:03:49


Two Takes on One Event: What a Difference Attitude Makes

1/23/2017
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It’s amazing how two people can sit through the exact same experience and have completely different impressions about it. When that happens, there’s usually something interesting to be learned in the reason why, if you bothered to look. Dorinda Phillips looked. Dorinda is an organizational learning expert in Geneva, Switzerland. Early in her career in [read more] The post Two Takes on One Event: What a Difference Attitude Makes appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration: 00:04:28


“Because the sky is blue”: An 11-year-old boy’s secret to happiness

1/9/2017
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Happiness is not something that happens to you. It’s something you choose to be. That fact isn’t really a secret anyone’s been keeping from you. But it takes a surprisingly long time for most people to realize it, if they ever do. Jeremy McInnis learned that powerful lesson at the young age of twenty. And [read more] The post “Because the sky is blue”: An 11-year-old boy’s secret to happiness appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration: 00:05:38


Winning the Cosmic Lottery

12/12/2016
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Dale McGowan is a writer, editor, critical thinking educator, and the author of several books, including Raising Freethinkers, Atheism for Dummies, and In Faith and in Doubt: How Religious Believers and NonBelievers Can Create Strong Marriages. I asked him to join me on my podcast this week to talk about the newest edition of one [read more] The post Winning the Cosmic Lottery appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration: 00:22:14


Theft, Lies, and Ninja Turtles

11/28/2016
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Today, Andrew Tarvin describes himself as a humor engineer. What that means is that he’s a speaker, trainer, author, and coach who helps people be more successful at work by using humor. That also helps explain the partly funny, partly self-depreciating subtitles he chose for the pictures of him you see here. But the story [read more] The post Theft, Lies, and Ninja Turtles appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration: 00:18:43


Why people do stupid things and who’s to blame

11/14/2016
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Since we’re all so enamored of our own opinion, it’s sometimes hard to imagine why anyone would do something we see no sense in. So it’s easy to dismiss a decision we don’t understand as being foolish, which means we think the person who made that decision is foolish. And it’s certainly possible she is. [read more] The post Why people do stupid things and who’s to blame appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration: 00:08:48


What Matrix Algebra Can Teach You About Open-mindedness

10/31/2016
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Sometimes being open-minded doesn’t mean having to admit being wrong. It just means admitting that someone else might be right. Those aren’t the same thing. And to do that, you have to start by seeing things from that other person’s perspective, which doesn’t come easily or naturally to most people. Looking at things from a [read more] The post What Matrix Algebra Can Teach You About Open-mindedness appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration: 00:07:19


The 4 Types of People at Every Dinner Party (Which One Are You?)

10/17/2016
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Most of us want to be liked and admired by other people. So in social settings we find ourselves constantly returning to our favorite topic: us. We try to impress anyone who will listen with our job, accomplishments, how much we know, or the neighborhood we live in. And while that may work some of [read more] The post The 4 Types of People at Every Dinner Party (Which One Are You?) appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration: 00:05:32


The Magic (or Curse) of Compound Interest and the 80-10-10 Principle

10/3/2016
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Making smart decisions about what to spend and how to save doesn’t sound like much fun to most people. They’re often lumped together with balancing the checkbook and choosing between complicated investment options on the list of things we don’t really understand and would rather not spend our time doing. So they’re often neglected. But [read more] The post The Magic (or Curse) of Compound Interest and the 80-10-10 Principle appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration: 00:14:03


“Dad, I want some f**king candy!”

9/18/2016
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WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE — Kid’s say the darnedest things, and three things you can learn from it. When running for president in the year 2000, George W. Bush was asked by the press to explain his immature behavior in his twenties and thirties. He responded simply, “When I was young and irresponsible, I was young [read more] The post “Dad, I want some f**king candy!” appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration: 00:05:37


Google President Kirk Perry’s 3 Lessons from Losing a Fight

8/29/2016
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My guest this week is Google President of Brand Solutions, Kirk Perry. He shares a very personal story about a loss on a high school wrestling mat that has both haunted and blessed him ever since. Kirk is much more interesting (and charming) to listen to than my prose is to read. So I encourage [read more] The post Google President Kirk Perry’s 3 Lessons from Losing a Fight appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration: 00:16:49

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