What three things that happened to you in the past week are you thankful for?

I processed the reasons I’d been procrastinating on a project, and since found it a wonderful source of creative expression. Approaching my work on it each day now with joy and enthusiasm.

The hot weather where I live has been cooling down recently.

I’ve meditated immediately on arising 3 times – rather than after my morning coffee. I appreciate that when I do that, my mind goes to stillness more quickly and profoundly. Setting a stretch goal to do it 3 times or more in the coming week

Do you think having a purpose is a real thing, or should a person just do whatever his heart desires?

Personally, I think discovering a mission of service, or purpose that serves the greater good, is a useful guide to living a meaningful life.

It serves as a benchmark for the contributions one is making to humanity. For instance, Read more

What have you watched or heard recently that made you feel extremely grateful and lucky to have what you have today?

I suppose my sense of gratitude is influenced by outer events that are perceived by the senses. But for me, the deeper sense of gratitude follows from taking time for reflecting on what’s within. When I connect with my inner self, I’m better able to appreciate what presents in the outer world. For what is today.

I hope that’s not too woo-woo for you! (Smile)


Which emotions are associated with the worst physical health?

Surely I can’t name all of them, but here are Read more

Do people perform better if you think and speak positively towards them? Does the opposite hold true?

Yes, of course – in most cases. If your self-esteem is intact, receiving validation from others serves to reinforce it, thus increasing your potential for success in a given endeavor.

The opposite – negative outside messages – will tend to depress one’s performance if one has average self-esteem.

What does self-esteem have to do with this? Read more

Have you had a negative event happen to you that turned out to be very positive down the road?

Several failed relationships. The ending of each was traumatic at the time, regardless of which of us made the decision to end it.

I’ve heard it said that Read more

What is the relationship between your intelligence and emotions?

Completely different. I’m not aware of any significant overlap. Intelligence has to do with your brain. Emotions have to do with your body, or heart, or gut.

Another responder said that emotions are useless, because Read more

As an entrepreneur, what does it take to be emotionally intelligent?

I’m curious about why your question is specific to entrepreneurs. The process for cultivating emotional intelligence is universal, regardless of the hats one wears. And it’s far beyond the scope of this response to give a step-by-step process for developing emotional intelligence. The important questions, as I see it, are: Read more

Do you believe a person with hate or anguish in their heart can truly be happy? What’s your reasoning?

It’s highly unlikely that someone harboring hate or anguish will be happy. Until life gets so miserable and deals up so much shit that they finally surrender.

Surrender is Read more

Do we discriminate to preserve ourselves, our way of life, wealth and health?

Not at all. It has exactly zero to do with preservation, and everything to do with fear and hatred. People discriminate against others because they learned it from others – family, church, friends, or wherever. Now, Read more