George W. Bush shakes hand, wipes on Clinton

This is hilarious.  I’m thinking we shouldn’t send George W. on any humanitarian missions.  He looks more nervous than when he went to a Mensa convention.

Personal Finance Tips from Bank of America

Fad or new strategy?  It’s a valiant effort by a company that probably has more to lose in bad mortgages, credit cards, and other unsecured liabilities.

We are what we habitually do

I was having a discussion with a friend of mine the other day about consistency (and my occasional lack thereof). I’m the kind of entrepreneur that thrives on things being a little different every day. So, while I schedule my days for the most part, there’s a little bit of ‘whatever’s clever’ in the middle of my day or towards the end. Usually, it becomes the time that I utilize to handle family stuff that comes up unannounced — having kids will do that!

According to Aristotle — “We are what we habitually do.”

He goes on to add that excellence is not an act, but a habit. I left that part out of the quote because excellence isn’t always guaranteed when you are habitual. After all, there are habitual smokers, habitual gamblers, habitual complainers.

Ultimately, the measure of a person’s excellence is how habitual are they about the things that are extremely important to them. If someone habitually blogs every day or every other day, they are practicing the habits of being an excellent blogger. Similarly, an excellent writer is someone who commits to the consistency of writing on a daily basis (and as a result gets better and better at writing). I always marvel at my wife who is extremely consistent about getting up and working out 4 days a week. Most times, I just don’t have the drive to do it! (And as a result, am not in “excellent” shape — but I’m no slouch either…)

So, the question of the day becomes, what is it that you habitually do?

David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 min | Video on TED.com

Setting personal thoughts of David Blaine’s magic aside, this is a really cool inside peek into what makes this guy remarkable at what he does.  Struggle with dedication? Try holding your breath for 17 minutes…. sheesh.

I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR

I go to bed in the AM and wake up in the AM
and love every minute of it.


While others worry if they’ll have a job
I work hard to make sure they do.


I see calculated risk as a way
to faster and greater rewards.


I belong to a family of individuals
who support each other to build their dreams.


I welcome economic downturns
as they force me to be more assertive, aggressive and creative.


I work extra hard while my kids are in school
so I can play extra hard when they’re not.

I know what it’s like to vacuum my own office and clean my own company bathroom.

I know the value of a dollar and can stretch one farther than any employee.

I do not concern myself with sick days or PTO
and instead focus on profit margins and efficiencies.

When you have ideas for a new business venture,
I’m the one who’ll cheer you on and toast your success.

I am an entrepreneur.

The Sixthman Blog » Blog Archive » Why 80% of the Things You Do Might Be a Waste of Time

Where are you focusing your time?  On the 80% activities that drain you or the 20% that feed you?  Hmmm….

Taylor Mali: What teachers make | Video on TED.com

To all my teacher friends, this is for you.

Matt Weinstein: What Bernie Madoff couldn't steal from me | Video on TED.com

How would you react if you found out Madoff stole your life savings?  Matt’s video is a great insight into what truly makes us happy and what perspective you must take when you’re left with seemingly nothing.  A great 8 minutes!