The Secret Strategy for Getting What You Want; Ask


“I was wondering if I might be able to get a Venti for the price of a Grande?” I asked. “Ummmm, no.” was the attitude-ladened response that came back from the judgy-sounding Starbucks barista. Awkward, yes. But I made it through the exercise – unscathed. Only nine more times to go.  This was a challenge […]

A Thing or Two from the University of Dr. Seuss


I must confess, before I had children, I don’t recall reading a lot of Dr. Seuss. Sure, every Christmas, I’d dress up in my red flannel onesie with a bowl of popcorn, cuddle up under a blankie and watch “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” but beyond that, meh, I had no reason to crack open […]

Is Money Really a Dirty 5-Letter Word?


It was 5:30 in the morning…standing beside the baggage claim area at Gatwick airport in London. My colleague and I had just gotten off a 7-hour red-eye originating in Toronto. I’ve never managed to master the art of sleeping at a 90-degree angle. And this colleague was a friend but more of a work-friend rather […]

Building a Better Mousetrap in the Travel Industry


and Swimming Away From the Noise Blue Ocean Strategy – have you heard of it? No, it’s not some eco-project with aspirations to save the dolphin and the turtle population – although that’s not a bad thing. If you’ve ever taken a marketing course, you’ll remember that day one usually starts with the prof talking […]

When to Pivot vs. Pull the Plug – The Truth About Quitting


Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever Lance Armstrong It’s always too early to quit. Norman Vincent Peale If you quit once, it becomes a habit. Never quit. Michael Jordan A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits Napolean Hill Eeeeesh, isn’t that a roster of smart men? And those are just a handful of […]

Seven of the Best Entrepreneurial Podcasts to Download in 2021


It’s that time of year where not only are we wrapping up gifts for under the tree, but we are also looking at wrapping up 2020. Can I get a “hell ya” on that one! Maybe you were one of the lucky few that made it through this crazy year without skinning your knees. I […]

Five Recommended Books That Will Improve Your Life in 2021


To be completely frank, narrowing down this list to only my top five has been a lesson in ancient water torture. Okay, maybe I’m slightly heavy-handed with hyperbole in this instance, but my point is, whittling the list to only five was no small task. If nothing else, please know that these books have not […]

Making Hard Choices Now Leads to an Easier Life Later


Life is hard. Every human over the age of ten has somehow unravelled that salient truth either from a Chinese fortune cookie, a bumper sticker, the back of a bathroom stall door or possibly from firsthand experience. But the critical piece that I think gets left unsaid is that while life is undoubtedly hard, we […]

Revealing Your Secret Sauce, Unlocking Your Hidden Talents


What’s your secret sauce?
No, I’m not asking if you prefer Sriracha vs. Frank’s Red Hot or some mango chutney fusion hailing all the way from Chennai.
What is the one thing you are known for? Not sure, read this article to find out.

Living a Tough Life in the Travel Industry


Let me set the stage.  The heat of the sun licks my toes as, for a brief sec,  I look up from my copy of Gabby Bernstein’s The Universe Has Your Back –– long enough to spot a Blue-eared kingfisher settling on the edge of the infinity pool overlooking fields of verdant rice paddies. I […]