This shooting did not completely grab my attention until I heard it happened in my old home area of Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park where I lived for a year just over the hill from Dean Martin.,And as this article does point out he had mental health issues – PTSD for which the military freely hands out antidepressants which CAUSE PTSD!,To see extensive video coverage of the shooting and latest updates you can go to this link to the Associated Press coverage on it:

My first thought upon hearing this news that this happened in Thousand Oaks, home of Heather Locklear, was “I hope it was not Heather going off the deep end yet again on her antidepressants!”,Watch the first hand account of a boy who could have been Adam Lanza or Eric Harris…learn the common denominator in 68 school shootings over the past two decades as 16-year-old Corey talks about the day he took a rifle to his high school and held 24 classmates hostage.,Here is a video list of those 68 shootings with list of related medication: read more

I’m sitting at the Jetblue gate in LAX reading The Times as I wait for my plane to board. The cover article addresses a recent climate change study that specifically points to carbon emissions as a most likely catalyst for more intense drought conditions in California and other climate related problems around the world. Maybe it’s time for political candidates to stop denying climate change and band together before life on this planet gets even harder? After all, isn’t living happy, successful, and healthy lives challenging enough without having to deal with drought, giant storms, and dying fish?

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Great approach to life and business!

This week Adam Bryant interviews Marla Malcom Beck, the chief executive of Bluemercury, a beauty products and spa services retailer. I really appreciate her no-nonsense, common sense approach to life and business! Regarding hiring she states, “In about two minutes, I can ascertain skill based on what they’ve done… Will is about hunger so I’ll ask what do you want to do in five or 10 years.” read more

On Mental Toughness

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Brent Frei, the co-founder of Smartsheet.com, a project and software management company, looks for people who are “mentally athletic and agile.” He prefers attitude and aptitude over experience. I like his perspective, a lot! read more

The limitless nature of life!

The limitless nature of life!

This Aaron Chang photograph of the Milky Way Galaxy reminds me of the limitless nature of life and the cosmos! It’s easy to become caught up in the day to day challenges of living and forget that we live on a rock spinning on its axis at thousands of miles per hour, hurling around the sun in a system that rotates around our galaxy which is interconnected with other galaxies trillions of light years away. Sometimes, dI coach people to look up at the sky every once in a while to remind oneself how truly amazing this whole experience is! read more

Chance at success

Chance at success

An article by David Busis in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times entitled ‘Meanwhile in a Parallel Universe,’ is very interesting. The author is frustrated and uncertain about his career while a college buddy has made millions doing what he loves as an entrepreneur. Mr. Busis and his wife vacation with his buddy and his new flame setting the stage for discomfort as everything seems better for his buddy than himself. read more

Invest in others

Invest in others

Robert Reid, the C.E.O of Intacct, a cloud-based software company, believes that most issues with execution come down to training and process. He states, “If somebody is not doing what you expect or you have a different viewpoint, you need to seek to understand what’s going on and help them.” read more

Amazing personality traits

Amazing personality traits

Sally Smith, the C.E.O of Buffalo Wild Wings, has overseen the growth of the business from 60 to over a 1,000 restaurants. She is slow to hire looking for the right fit both culturally and personality-wise. She prefers people who are curious and willing to do whatever it takes. So do I! read more

Make a difference in people's lives!

Make a difference in people's lives!

This morning I was working out at the Equinox in West LA and this guy next to me asked me why I was taking a picture of my television screen on the workout bicycle. I turned to him with a smile and said this interview will Bill Gross is fascinating! He laughed. read more

Racial issues

Racial issues

Nicholas Kristof, a celebrated New York Times columnist, has written a series of articles on racial issues in America several entitled, “Why whites don’t get it.” This poignant article on a 13 year-old black male who was sentenced to life in prison for shooting Debbie Baigrie in the face causing severe and lasting injuries. Though she suffered immensely from her ordeal, Ms. Baigrie has been in correspondence with her attacker, Ian Manuel, for over two decades even arguing on his behalf for early release. read more