Yesterday a fellow athlete and overall amazing person, Vaughn Ripley, introduced me to a new word, a new concept, one that I instinctively learned by racing Ironman – Kaisen. Kaisen is a philosophy about continuous improvement or self-changing for the best of all. From what I can tell, Kaisen is primarily applied to manufacturing, engineering, business Read more about Kaisen[…]

Love is in the details

On Making Monday Happy

It’s a Happy Monday.  Admittedly at some point everyone has faced this day with dread.  Maybe the weekend sapped your energy, or your workload is chaotic and overwhelming the senses to paralysis. No matter the reason way, to make this day productive we need to focus and discipline.  Those two little acts can bring a Read more about On Making Monday Happy[…]

The Amazing, Thriving Greta Andersen

Just got back from interviewing Greta Andersen, an 87-year old swimming instructor who is also a gold and silver medal winner from the 1948 London Olympics, and who also won 13 world championships and set 72 amateur competitive swimming records and who is also multi-time member of the 24-hour club.   Needless to say, she is Read more about The Amazing, Thriving Greta Andersen[…]

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Pascal Finette – The Heretic

You have this one lifetime to achieve happiness. You’re a fool if you don’t go for it! ~ Pascal Finette Truth be told, I’m not sure Pascal authored the above quote, but since he sent it to me I’ll give him credit. In October 2012 I met Pascal at the TEDxOC event.  Afterwards we shared Read more about Pascal Finette – The Heretic[…]

It’s Okay To Fail

Having spent the last few months training for the 1/2 Ironman distance HITS Napa triathlon, I found the double-talk amazing.  Fear of failure mixed with wishing for a better life, i.e., be healthy, learn a language, travel abroad, strengthen family bonds.  One person actually said he did not want to try anything new unless there Read more about It’s Okay To Fail[…]

Make a commitment to you

Day 37 – Make a commitment to you

During this 100 Days To Tri challenge I’ve been reminded of how critical it is to be 100% committed to your life and dreams, to explore options that enable your life to thrive. Along the way people and society might try to discourage you.  You might question your logic.  Unavoidable roadblocks will get in your Read more about Day 37 – Make a commitment to you[…]

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Day 36 – Quality of Commitment

http://youtu.be/QMYqSBgXo34 The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence – regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. ~ Vince Lombardi Vince Lombardi is considered to be one of the best and most successful coaches in NFL history, and his quote reminds us to focus on doing our best, Read more about Day 36 – Quality of Commitment[…]


Day 28 – Find balance

Hard to believe the HITS Napa triathlon is two months away.  That reflection reminds me of all that needs to be done and of how I have not balanced training with family, friends, work. Life.  It’s a work in progress. Realty is I have been too tired these past few weeks, and yesterday I needed Read more about Day 28 – Find balance[…]