"The revolution will put you in the driver's seat.
The revolution will not be televised."
I'm a middle age man with a love/hate affair with telephones. I can't do my work without one, and when I started in business 30 years ago, it was not unusual...
"There's just too much to see
Waiting in front of me
And I know that I just can't go wrong"
-- Jimmy Buffett
Next week will be the last of my syndicated columns. I will remain a Huffington Post contributor but my primary focus will...
"Be young and wild and free/
Like Texas in 1880"
For 20 years, my definition of a true Texan has been James Street. Fun with boundless ambition and the ultimate competitor. The kind of guy who lit up a room with positive energy and inspired everyone...
"Guess that's all I have to say
Except the feeling just grows stronger every day"
Dr. Keen Babbage is a middle age, extremely intelligent high school teacher who found out that he had he had stage four cancer.
Breaking Bad's primary character Walt White was...
I've been a fierce critic of Wall Street and especially the Wall Street bailouts. If you study my writing over the years, there is one bank that gets off easy.
J.P. Morgan Chase.
When I look out of my Richmond Kentucky office, I see a branch of J.P....
"And here I sit so patiently
Waiting to find out what price
You have to pay to get out of
Going through all these things twice"
I see people make the same mistakes over and over. This is particularly true when...
"Oh Yoko, oh Yoko
My love will turn you on"
Prejudice and bias exist in the business world. There are some deep-seated prejudice and bias that cannot be explained with rational argument, thought or action.
I call this the Yoko Ono factor.
The Beatles came to America when...
I've written three best-selling books on what to do when you win the lottery, but really it can be boiled down to five simple points.
Paul White of Ham Lake, Minnesota violated all five of my rules within 18 hours.
My five rules are:
1. Don't tell anyone...
There was talk that Alex Rodriquez would get a "lifetime ban" from the game of baseball for taking performance-enhancing drugs. It was never going to happen. Bud Selig, a nerdy looking guy who has never played any sport at any level, was supposed to be showing off his "tough guy"...
"We can't afford to be innocent
Stand up and face the enemy
It's a do or die situation-we will be invincible"
The contemporary that I never got to meet was Steven Jobs. His career with Apple computers kicked into gear about the same time...
"He drinks beer and eats beanies
Chases it down with ol' Thunderbird wine
Carries brass knuckles and a .44
Runs a loan shark business and a Mary Jane store"
-Charlie Daniels Band
If my father had not died in 1993, this week...
"Gimmie, Gimmie just one more chance."
Last week, Louisville television anchor John Boel was nominated for regional Emmys in four different categories.
He won them all.
Before November of 2010, Boel had won 70 Emmy awards in a 25-year career as a television anchor and...
"They'd call us gypsies, tramps and thieves
But every night all the men would come around
And lay their money down" -Cher
I learned about outsourcing and other business techniques during my teenage years.
I worked at a dry cleaning business that had no dry...
"Everybody's got a secret sonny
Yeah, something that they just can't face
Some folks spend their whole lives trying to keep it
They carry it with them every step that they take"
I can't imagine that Paula Deen and her legal team were blindsided...
I'm sorry to learn of the death of James Gandolfini. He was a beloved actor on a very popular television show, but I only watched The Sopranos a couple of times.
It was impossible for a television show to compete with what I saw in real life.
As Jimmy Buffett...
Twenty-five years ago, Bob Babbage, who is now Kentucky's most successful lobbyist, was running for State Auditor and I was his combination of Finance Chair/Campaign Chair/Press Secretary.
It was a small campaign.
I took Bob to lunch with one of my most successful clients to ask for a donation....
"But 'happily ever after' fails
And we've been poisoned by these fairy tales"
-Bruce Hornsby and Don Henley
"Someday I hope you have a chance, to live like you are dying"
A Psychology Today article titled, "What Will You Do if You Win the...