Book Report – “The Tattooist of Auschwitz”

This is one of those books that came to me twice in a short amount of time. My friend had recommended that I read it, and shortly after, I passed by it in the airport. I don’t normally read fiction books, so my initial thought was, “How am I going to cover this book on [...]

2020-07-26T23:02:45-04:00June 8th, 2020|0 Comments

How Books Give Me Purpose

When I was young, I remember my parents making a deal w/ me (and essentially my siblings). As time distorts memories, this is my remembrance and interpretation: Do your best in school and athletics, and we'll take care of the rest. They instilled a norm of excellence; do your best because doing your best is [...]

2020-07-26T23:02:45-04:00December 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Passing on a Lifelong Pursuit of the Ideal

The other day on AMXbooks 626, I spoke of "a lifelong pursuit of the ideal" in reference to George Pocock, the boatbuilder/mentor for the 1936 Univ. of Washington Olympic gold medal team. That idea is as clear as any idea I've ever read. Lifelong learning and continuous improvement is about a lifelong pursuit of the [...]

2020-07-26T23:02:45-04:00December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Three Lessons from Disney’s Coco

Lifelong learning is for everyone, and kids books are not just for kids. Having watched, read and planned out my AMXkids episode on Coco, I wanted to share the lessons I extracted, and why they're important for kids (and adults) to consider: - The richness that exists in family, culture and traditions. Coco tells the story [...]

2018-11-27T08:51:40-05:00November 27th, 2018|0 Comments

What I Learned this Week

“Fred was always careful to manage his own time in the most thoughtful and deliberate way, and he honed his unique ability to focus on what was important to him, undistracted by his family and friends.” - The Good Neighbor/Maxwell King - AMX601 Prioritize and Execute. “If it’s not a Hell Yes!, it’s a No.” [...]

2020-07-26T23:02:45-04:00November 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

What I Learned this Week

“Standard operating procedures were not fixed, inflexible laws w/ no room for variation. They were guidelines that needed to be balanced w/ adaptability and common sense.” – The Dichotomy of Leadership/Jocko Willinck – AMX591 Be “Disciplined, Not Rigid.” Think. Act. Be human. “The balance b/t the troops understanding the why mixed w/ intrusive accountability provides [...]

2020-07-26T23:02:45-04:00October 19th, 2018|0 Comments

The American Dream

A Curious Mind, written by TV and movie producer Brian Grazer, celebrates the power of curiosity, and the meaning it gives to our lives. As a naturally curious person and lifelong learner myself, I'm in line w his way of thinking. I ask so many questions, at times, that I come across as condescending; it's a [...]

2020-07-26T23:02:45-04:00June 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Marc Mero, WWE(F)/WCW Champion/Speaker

Enjoy the show notes for Marc's episode: On staying positive despite setbacks such as two failed attempts to record this conversation: It’s not about our circumstance or situation, it’s how we respond to it that makes all the difference. You can get upset and swear and throw your cellphone and kick doors and get mad, [...]

2020-07-26T23:02:46-04:00January 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Motivation vs. Inspiration

I have a problem. I'm obsessive. I NEED to know certain things. I've wiki'd all kinds of weird things, including the origins of such sayings as "let's get down to brass tacks" and "a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush." (I'm sorry, honey, it's just how I am). So yesterday, [...]

2020-07-26T23:02:47-04:00March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

5 Lessons on Leadership

I recently finished John Wooden's book, "Wooden on Leadership." While there was so much to take from the book, I wanted to highlight 5 specific leadership lessons I took from it. These are a mixture of his lessons on leadership and my interpretation of those lessons. There is nothing more important than being a good [...]

2020-07-26T23:02:48-04:00March 3rd, 2017|0 Comments


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