Pearls of Puppy Wisdom: 7 Lessons from a Furry Little Sage

You never know where you might learn something new – even if you’re an old dog like me. Our puppy, Bella, has taught me quite a few lessons in a very short while. Check out my article in Tiny Buddha and let me know what lessons resonate with you.

Pearls of Puppy Wisdom: 7 Lessons from a Furry Little Sage (first published in Tiny Buddha – May 8, 2015)

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Conscious Divorce: Turning Pain Into Pleasure

Few subjects are as touchy as divorce. This became very apparent in the response to my recent article in elephant journal where I advocate a new paradigm. Conscious Divorce isn’t so messy, nor even that painful. The choice can be yours.

Conscious Divorce: Turning Pain Into Pleasure (published in elephant journal – November 26, 2014)

The Key to Creating a Limitless Life

As the writer of our own story, the creator of our own world, the only limiting factor is our self. We live in an incredible time where we can readily witness people overcoming insurmountable obstacles in order to achieve what some could only imagine. How do you limit yourself? Take a moment to read my article in elephant journal.

The Key to Creating a Limitless Life  (published in elephant journal – November 3, 2014)

Chasing Our Thoughts Down the Rabbit Hole

During my most recent meditation retreat, I took some time to actively observe the playful meanderings of my mind. It can be a rewarding and pleasurable practice to observe without trying to control. Elephant journal picked up my article, which you can find by following the link below.

Chasing Our Thoughts Down the Rabbit Hole (published in elephant journal – October 29, 2014)

Don’t Let Your Mistakes Undo You

We all make mistakes. Many of us own up to them. Some of us profit from them. And a few of us are even able to correct them. The key question here, is “What makes the difference?”


“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes,
smart enough to profit from them, and
strong enough to correct them.”

~ John C. Maxwell

It’s a given that you simply cannot make it through life without making mistakes. It would probably even be accurate to say that we can’t make it through a day without making mistakes. It happens. Not just for you or for me, but for all of us.

If you want to maximize the benefit from your mistakes (don’t we all?), here’s a good place to get started.

STEP 1: Spot it.

You’ve got to FIRST recognize that a mistake was made. You can’t own a mistake you didn’t know existed.

This is where you just have to trust your peers and tune into reality. With a little practice, you’ll be able to spot your mistakes within seconds. With a LOT of practice, you may even get to the point where you can stop that mistake just before you make it. A very Jedi move indeed.

But for now, let’s just recognize our mistake.

The Root of All Your Problems

Had you met me a few years ago, you probably would have looked at me and thought “Yeah, Michael’s got it all together. He seems to be doing very well for himself”.

You would have been wrong. What I let the outside world see was a very different picture than what was going on behind the curtain.

I was the CEO of my own startup company, but I was bankrupt. I was barely able to pay myself anything and even had to go on unemployment when I couldn’t pay myself at all. My relationships, if you could call them that, were a shamble.  I was dating around and trying to find my perfect match, but was ultimately and repetitively wandering into dead-end alleys.

My passion for my company had waned, and it was difficult to get motivated enough to even leave my home. I seriously believe that were I not responsible for getting my son to school in the mornings, I would have become a total recluse. Online grocery shopping was even beginning to look like a solid option.

In a nutshell, I was floundering. I’d lost my purpose.

And the really sad part of this, at least to me, was that I had all of the tools at my disposal to turn my life around. I’d studied with some of the top people in the self-improvement industry. Tony Robbins – I’d read his books, devoured his tapes (do they even make those anymore?), and even attended a live event. David Deida – same thing. Gay and Katie Hendricks – been there, done that. And the list goes on.

So, what was happening here?!? I had the information at my fingertips. I knew everything that I needed to do. I knew WHAT to do. I knew HOW to do it. I certainly knew WHY I should do it.

But… I did nothing.

Until, I started to examine just that.  WHY was I doing nothing? WHAT was stopping me? WHERE did all of that training and knowledge go?