Three Most Important Success Habits

It’s December, and next year is coming fast. Have you ever had the opportunity to sit down with a successful executive to pick their brain about how they got where they are? If you feel like you need help knowing the most important lessons to share with your teenager about success, today’s podcast is a must-listen episode.  Today’s guest is the Chief Executive Officer for a private equity-based investing firm based in Dubai. Don’t regret missing out on the three most important habits for success.  Continue reading →

The Truth about Hope

It is Thanksgiving day in the US, and most of us are having turkey for dinner.  As you reflect on the past year, is it a year filled with hope and excitement or one with frustration and disappointment? Through today’s podcast interview we’ll learn that even the frustrating and disappointing events in our lives can be a catalyst for hope. Allison Jenson is a professionally certified educational therapist at the National Institute for Learning Development.  Her experience leads us through difficulty into hope.  If you Continue reading →

The little secret to be more

I have been working hard to learn more about myself over the past couple years.  I have discovered that the more I work to change myself, the more the world around me responds to the changes. Those little changes, compounded over time have led to a major shift in what I’m doing and how much I am able to accomplish.  Many people call this habit “personal development”. Will your teenager be ready with the skills they need for their life ahead?  Don’t continue to put Continue reading →

Lessons in Leadership

Do you have a teen that’s developing their leadership skills?  How important are those skills later in life?  Find out on today’s podcast where we discuss innovation and leadership skills with Jonathan Silk.   Listen in: Jonathan is a recently retired military officer who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, and most recently West Point.  We’ll hear about some of his experiences in the military (like patrolling the DMZ between North and South Korea) and how he started developing his leadership skills early in Continue reading →

Don’t let 2016 sneak up on you

October is almost over and 2015 is edging to a close.  Do you or your kids have regrets from 2015? Don’t have regrets in 2016–listen to this week’s podcast: Goals not planned and written down are twice as likely to be tossed aside with time.  Ask me how I know…  I’ve been on a steady path to reforging a life that I enjoy.  In fact, you are reading this email as a result of goals and plans for 2015. This week Carol Topp, a Continue reading →

What media isn’t telling you about living the good life

Are you worried your teenagers are missing out on the good life?  Do you find yourself wondering when they’re going to stop complaining and start living? You aren’t alone, but what can be done?  No matter how hard you try they just keep missing the best things in life.   For the past few years, my wife and I have been in “teenager land” with four of our kids in the throes of various silly teen phases.  I was ready to pull my hair out Continue reading →

Why mere talk is NOT enough

As you can see I have inserted a photo of girls engaged in technology at the top of this email. Why have I done this? It’s because I want to tell you about a fantastic lady who didn’t get opportunities like this in middle school and high school. Fortunately, she found her love of technology in college, but Julia was fortunate to have one great teacher in college that saw her skill and passion even before she did. If you’re tired of girls getting marginalized Continue reading →

Wisdom and Craftsmanship with Jim McKinley

If you or your kids are interested in small business, pull up a chair and listen in for some timeless advice from today’s Table Top Inventing Podcast guest, Jim McKinley. Jim has been in the same family business for over 50 years, making custom accessories for trucks. He’ll share with us the ups and downs, experiences, and lessons he has learned along the way. Download today’s episode at Jim, along with his brother Bob, run McWelco Products, a well known company here in southern Continue reading →

Innovation and Openness with Lisa Camp

In today’s world, we already have the internet, smartphones, and lots of other cool stuff, but do you ever wonder where the next big idea is going to come from?  We’ll find out what Case Western Reserve University (My alma mater for graduate school!) is doing to foster and support innovation and ideas during today’s Table Top Inventing Podcast interview with Lisa Camp.  Join us as we discuss her life path, the importance of higher education, and how openness is key to innovation. Download today’s Continue reading →

Transformational learning with Kristin Barbour

On today’s Table Top Inventing Podcast, I’ll be interviewing guest Kristin Barbour about her work using transformational learning to help kids with disabilities and traumatic brain injuries.  We’ll discuss her background and interest in understanding human cognition and its ability to be changed with education over time.  So hang onto your hats and get ready to dive deep for today’s episode. Download today’s episode: Kristin, who joins us from Chesapeake, Virginia,  is currently the Executive Director of The National Institute for Learning Development.  She’ll Continue reading →

Living life on your terms with Kimanzi Constable

Are you living life on your terms, doing what you love to do?  If not, are you taking any steps to change what you’re doing?  Kimanzi Constable, today’s Table Top Inventing Podcast guest and author has been there.  He wasn’t happy with his life’s direction a few years ago and started making some big changes.  We’ll discuss how Kimanzi went from being burned out and missing his family to doing what he loves.  Join us to find out how you can make those changes too! Continue reading →

Asking “Why” with David Seto

Do you ask the question “Why”?  Why is something the way it is or why does something work the way it does?  We’ll discuss the importance of asking “why” and how it relates to learning with today’s Table Top Inventing podcast guest and fellow 3D printing entrepreneur David Seto.  Listen in to find out how David and his company, 3D Roundhouse get parents and their kids to ask the question “Why” together! Download Today’s Episode: David, who joins us all the way from Hong Continue reading →

Lifelong Learning with Dr. Rachel Winston

Do you have a high school student at home?  Debby and I have a couple, and many conversations focus on future plans.  Today’s Table Top Inventing podcast guest, Dr. Rachel Winston is an expert on the subject of college planning.  Her mission is to empower and guide students as they decide on colleges and careers.  We’ll discuss her love of learning, guiding others, and touch some strengths and weaknesses in today’s education system.  Be sure to join us for this enlightening episode! Download Today’s Episode: Continue reading →

Life Lessons and Innovation with Phil Drake

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Work smarter, not harder”?  What tools come to mind with that phrase? Maybe computers?   Phil Drake, today’s Table Top Inventing Podcast guest, had that thought too as he was looking for ways to automate his father’s accounting business.  Only it was back in 1977 and the first computers were moved around on carts.   Listen in and find out what it was like learning to using the first computers and other life lessons with this innovative businessman. Download today’s episode: Continue reading →

Entrepreneurial Spirit with Kirk Bowman

Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit?  Have you wondered how to instill that same spirit in your kids?  If this sounds like you, you’re in the right place with today’s Table Top Inventing podcast guest Kirk Bowman and I.  Pull up a chair and listen in while we discuss what it takes to run your own business and how we obtained the education to get us there. Listen to today’s episode: Kirk, who joins us from Texas, has been an entrepreneur all his life….literally. Continue reading →