Earlier this week I had a conversation with a young man that I am giving some guidance to.  Now the thing that made our conversation a bit laborious was the age and experience difference.  I am 61 and he is 18.  I have been in some form of leadership, management, or ownership since 1963; yes that’s 47 years of experience.  And his experience has been–well you get the picture.Continue reading →



Below is a quote from a football coach, who when he finished his career, had the highest percentage of wins in history — 88% !!!  At the University of Notre Dame this coach popularized a new innovation, the ‘forward pass’.

“I don’t like to lose, and that isn’t so much because it is just a football game, but because defeat means the failure to reach your objective.  I don’t want a football player who doesn’t take defeat to heart, who laughs it off with the thought, “Oh, well, there’s another Saturday.”  The trouble in American life today, in business as well as in sports, is that too many people are afraid of competition.  The result is that in some circles people have come to sneer at success if it costs hard work and training and sacrifice.”

Knute Rockne

Well, I like Knute’s attitude.  I like to win, and I hate to lose.  Hey, I have an idea;  let’s all win together !!!

OSCAR SAYS:  Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.

Which ‘R’ Are You?

The other day I was thinking about the 3 – ‘R’s’ as it relates to us and God.  Then, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it also applies to our business.  Now I know that, from time to time, I will stretch to find an analogy, but I really think this fits — see if you do.Continue reading →

Be A Friend

I think we can all learn from this touching story…

One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, ‘Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd.’ I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on. As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him..Continue reading →