Tag: America

Today marks the 13th anniversary of the horrific events of 9/11/01.  This day always serves as a much-needed reminder for those of us in America to honor and respect the service men and women (and first responders or members of public service outlets such as police, paramedics, and firefighters) that we depend on for safety, strength, and a sense of security.

To all those who lost life or have loved ones who lost life on that day, please know that they will never be forgotten.  And we thank them for fighting to keep liberty and justice for all.

Til Next Time,

Michael

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To me, this day is a great time to take a step back and consider the social and economic achievements of the American worker.  I still firmly believe in the American Dream and am doing everything I can to make sure we are enabling all of our fellow Americans the opportunity to participate and prosper.  I would challenge you to do the same.  And if we all work together – through enough ingenuity and innovation – America will continue to prosper and lead the world into whatever tomorrow may bring!

Happy Labor Day!

Til Next Time,

Michael

Clearly the World Cup has handicapped my ability to write new blog posts nearly as much as I intend to way-back-when.  Sorry about that.  It’s ok though – this too shall pass and we’ll soon be in the summer lull with no sports (aside form midseason baseball, whoopee).  In the mean time, though, the boys in Red/White/Blue play today and I couldn’t be more excited.  I am actually in Scottsdale for work although I am taking some impromptu PTO hours to make sure I can watch the game!

I believe that we will win!

Til Next Time,

Michael

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Just a fair warning: I’ll probably let soccer take over my blog a bit during the World Cup.  As of yesterday, Jurgen Klinsmann announced the final roster.  What do you think of it?  Was keeping Donovan off a big deal to you?  He never did much for me so I’m kind of glad to see a roster spot opened up for new young bucks.

I’m pumped either way – just over three weeks (23 days) til kickoff in Brazil!

Til Next Time,

Michael

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I’ll spare you the reminder on why I think choosing your college major is extremely important and not something that should be done on a whim…  But I did want to share this article from Monster I saw a few weeks back on the top 5 most regretted majors (based upon graduates’ perception as well as initial salary).  I think we all owe it to ourselves and society to start to drive some more actionable dialogue with our nation’s youth around what their academic career typically means long term from an income earning potential perspective.

http://career-advice.monster.com/salary-benefits/salary-information/top-5-most-regretted-majors/article.aspx

Til Next Time,

Michael

I know I have already harked a lot on dressing for success and outward appearance as a means to minimize your risk of people not taking you seriously – but felt compelled to kick off this Monday with a quick post about fitness.

Being fit and living a healthy lifestyle obviously has its health benefits.  But even more, the psychological and work-appearance benefits are huge as well.  It is my opinion that there is zero excuse not to be fit (or at least as fit as your body type allows for you to be).  It’s a shame when I see obese people being wheeled through the airport because they simply do not care enough to dig themselves out of the massive (pun intended) hole they have built for themselves by opting for fried chicken instead of the treadmill one (read: hundreds) too many times.

I understand there are many diseases and conditions (e.g. thyroid problems) which cause people to not be able to maintain normal weights.  And this post is in no way directed at those individuals.  It’s for the people who show up to the office bursting at the seams and in no way exude any sort of professional presence because they claim to “not have time” to get to the gym.  That answer has been and always will be BS to me.  Stop being lazy or reprioritize some of your existing agenda in order to get some sort of physical activity in 3 to 5 times a week.  Your nightly date with the “Family Guy” reruns on local television don’t count either.

For the rest of us that (at least try to) stay in shape – we need to be better about policing this throughout our work environment.  We should organize “Biggest Loser” competitions, support charities/fundraisers to fitness, and contact our healthcare providers to maximize the benefits we may have already with them through their wellness programs.  Or at a minimum, next time we work late and have to cater food in, let’s try not to choose the China Express Delivery option.  After all, we are all powerless over Kung Pao Chicken and Fried Rice…

Just my little rant to kick off the week :)

Til Next Time,

Michael


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