Motivation Blog

These articles are about motivation to keep you in shape, working out and eating right.

I Coulda Been a Contender

This is the line uttered by Marlon Brando in the classic 1954 movie, On the Waterfront. The full quote: “You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which … Continue reading

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What Brings Joy to Your Life?

Often the best interactions in our lives are when we are asked really great questions. Recently I gave a talk on fitness to 55 residents of a community in Fort Myers, Fla. They were a very participatory group and most … Continue reading

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Would a Tontine Increase Motivation?

I recently read an interesting book, Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide by Michael Kinsley. He is a columnist for Vanity Fair, a contributor to The New Yorker and a founder of Slate. Now in his mid-60s, he learned that he … Continue reading

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Live Your Life

Recently my wife and I attended an event featuring Terry Gross, host of the NPR radio show, Fresh Air. In addition to discussing her career of over 25 years she played excerpts from some of her favorite interviews. One of … Continue reading

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It Helps to Keep Score

Some years ago I went to Ireland to play golf with several friends. When we arrived to play at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, one of the more famous courses in Ireland, the wind was blowing at least 50 mph. … Continue reading

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It’s Good To Do Something New

Last summer I was cycling in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with a friend. When I suggested that we take a new, different route on our return, he responded: “No, I’d rather go the way I know.” Translation: “Leave me alone, I … Continue reading

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Support: The Key to Success

If someone were to ask me what’s the most important ingredient for achieving success at any new activity – exercising and eating healthy qualifies for many of us – I would pause, look thoughtful and say one word: support. I … Continue reading

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Turning 78

In a few days I will reach 78 years of age. While not a seminal birthday, such as 80 or 90, it’s still big enough to lead me to pause and think. My first thought was, “How did I get … Continue reading

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The Winner is Grit

During my business career I was involved in the hiring of many employees, from sales representatives to CFOs and COOs. A search firm would normally ask what qualities I was seeking in a candidate, expecting a detailed list of job … Continue reading

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Mindset: Fixed or Growth?

Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University, is the author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. The focus of the book is on the issue of a fixed or a growth mindset. Those who have a fixed … Continue reading

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