Why Do Good Deeds?

A few weeks ago, I was having coffee with a friend, and she said to me, “I sure hope all these good deeds I am doing come back to me in good karma in the future.” I was kind of puzzled by that comment because I think it’s important to be authentic when you do good deeds, not because you hope you will get something for doing them. That is the essence of being authentic: Doing good because it’s the right thing to do. Have you ever done that? You see someone who would benefit from your help, whether it is helping them unload their grocery cart at the checkout (because that giant bottle of water looks a bit too heavy for them to lift themselves), or giving some money or food to a homeless person. Have you helped a fellow businessperson Continue Reading

When Mars Meets Mercury…in Retrograde

Two days ago, I got a text from my sister, Jackie, who runs our company operations. “We started the day with a major water leak in the men’s bathroom; we ended the day with a pipe breaking in the other side of the office. I checked, and I should have known, Mercury goes retrograde tomorrow.” Mercury retrograde began July 26 and will end on August 19. For longtime readers of this blog, you know all about my experiences with Mercury in retrograde in 2014 and 2017. Long story short, because … Continue reading

There’s an App for That

Ever wonder what it takes to launch an app? Or what the inspiration is for someone’s idea for an app? Well, I got to hear firsthand how it all happened when I was attending my sister Jackie’s birthday party last month. I was seated next to Conrad, a friend of Jackie’s from Texas, and he enthusiastically told me about an app he launched just three days earlier. It’s called Wait Check. The Inspiration Conrad and his girlfriend went to their favorite nightclub in Austin, hungry and ready to boogie. But the … Continue reading

Ask for What You Want

Ask for what you want: That’s one of my favorite pieces of business advice. In fact, I use it often when I give speeches or mentor people. It actually applies to your business life and to your personal life. Just last week, I was on the phone with a colleague who works at a local university. We were brainstorming ideas to get younger alumnae involved in the dean’s advisory council. So I suggested that we ask for what we want. In the quarterly university magazine, why not run an ad? … Continue reading