Obstacles and Opportunities

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in Grow, Inspire | No Comments
Obstacles and Opportunities

A couple of years ago a message popped into my head: Every obstacle is an opportunity. I get those from time to time, some of my message quips are better than others. This one isn’t particularly unique. I’ve heard variations of “problems are just opportunities in disguise” from many sources over the years. But my […]

Reflections On 2013: Zoom, Vivace & Jazz

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Grow | No Comments
Reflections On 2013: Zoom, Vivace & Jazz

This past year has been an amazing time of growth and yet I’m not where I thought I’d be one year ago today. I’m farther along in some respects, way behind where I wanted to be in other respects. This post is an excerpt from a private reflection I wrote for my personal journal. It […]

What Is Wisdom?

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Grow | No Comments

The mission of my blog The Ben Franklin Follies is to help others find their way along the path to health, wealth and wisdom. To help with the relaunch of that site, I decided to write a few short posts here to introduce the topics of health, wealth and wisdom, at least as I see […]

What Is Wealth?

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Grow | No Comments

Wealth is subjective. Each of us defines wealth in our own way. For many, wealth is about financial independence. For others, wealth is about status symbols: Owning or possessing material goods that are desirable according to the norms of a particular social group. Wealth can also be measured in personal relationships. Most people, regardless of […]

Don’t Be Brave

Posted by on Nov 23, 2013 in Grow | One Comment
Don’t Be Brave

When I signed up for Chris Brogan’s Brave New Year course one year ago my primary intent was to learn something about how online courses work. I had an idea for a course and I figured I’d better take a few courses first, to experience the different ways an online course could be structured. Chris’s […]

Musings At The End Of A Tough Day

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Grow | No Comments
Musings At The End Of A Tough Day

Every challenge is an opportunity for growth. Today was a challenging day. Yesterday was a great day. Life in balance, I suppose. Even knowing that I only need to endure for a season (or two), doesn’t make the challenge any more pleasant. I will focus on the good. I am grateful to have a cat […]

Happy Life Manifesto: 19-30

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Grow, Inspire | No Comments
Happy Life Manifesto: 19-30

Last week I introduced what I’m calling The Path to a Happy Life when I published the first draft of an introduction to the Happy Life Manifesto. Then, two days ago, I published Theses 1 – 19. Today, I give you Theses 19 – 30. I’m repeating Thesis 19, just to establish continuity. 19. Security […]

Transcend and Transform

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Grow, Inspire | 4 Comments
Transcend and Transform

Sometimes situations do not always turn out as we expect or hope. This is usually a blessing in disguise. Sometimes, perhaps, we think too small. Sometimes we may be charting a course that merely leads us to someone else’s dream. Sometimes there is a lesson still to be learned that can only come from facing […]

The Happy Life Manifesto: Theses 1-19

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Grow, Inspire | No Comments
The Happy Life Manifesto: Theses 1-19

The Happy Life Manifesto has 95 theses, just like Martin Luther. Here are the first 19. 1. It starts with love. 2.  You must believe #1. 3. You are worthy of love and capable of receiving and giving love. 4. You must believe #3. 5. Each of us is here for a reason. We each […]

Life Is Not A Spectator Sport

Posted by on Nov 17, 2013 in Grow | No Comments
Life Is Not A Spectator Sport

I used to be a hard-core college football fan. I would spend hours each week, reading detailed analyses of games, forecasts, recruiting. And then I spent the better part of one day each week watching games, sometimes in person, sometimes on TV. I also enjoyed watching other sports. Winter snow skiing. Tennis. Figure Skating. Baseball. […]