Everyone is searching for meaning in life, but few people know how to find it. The problem is that most people are seeking validation from others rather than living a life that makes them proud. You may be thinking, “Who cares? I’m too busy.” While that’s understandable, if you wait too long to identify the… [Read More]
Where Do Bullies Learn to Be So Mean?
Imagine being a fly on the wall in your daughter’s elementary school class. The teacher introduces a new boy who has just moved into town and then asks the kids to welcome him to the class. It’s obvious that he’s uncomfortable. After all, he misses his old friends and doesn’t know anyone. To make matters… [Read More]
In a World of Bad Behavior, a Call for Personal Accountability
To My Readers: I’m honored to republish, with permission, an article by Rodger Dean Duncan that first appeared in Forbes January 26, 2021. In it, he interviewed me about personal accountability. — Frank Sonnenberg In a World of Bad Behavior, A Call for Personal Accountability By Rodger Dean Duncan PhD with Frank Sonnenberg When I was… [Read More]
If Your Behavior Is Contagious, What Will People Catch?
Did you ever tell scary stories around a campfire? At first, everyone laughs at how ridiculous the story is. But then someone gets scared and, just like magic, the whole group follows suit. Don’t try to reason with them; it’s hopeless. The moment things calm down, a small noise sets them off again. It’s as… [Read More]
Live by Example and Inspire Others to Do the Same
What does it take to be a great parent, an exemplary role model, or a highly effective leader? Most folks would say it’s important to set high standards, remain true to your values, listen to your conscience, and live by example. But how do you translate that into daily action? How do you live by… [Read More]
Who’s Your Hero?
Everybody has a hero. Who’s yours? I’m not talking about Superman, who can leap tall buildings in a single bound, or even Mother Teresa, who is larger than life. I’m talking about folks, like you and me, that you look up to. What makes them so special? And how do these role models influence how… [Read More]
Never Lower Your Personal Standards. Never!
When you go into a room, your body adapts to the temperature. The same holds true for your mindset. How much are you influenced by the people you spend time with? Do they bring out the best in you? Or do you find yourself compromising your values, mimicking improper behavior, or lowering your personal standards?… [Read More]
Would You Do Something Unethical If You Could Get Away with It?
Lying, cheating, stealing. I assume you know the difference between right and wrong. The question is whether you abstain from those acts because you’re honorable or because you’re afraid of getting caught. Would you do something unethical if you could get away with it? Nobody, except the perpetrator, really knows why an unscrupulous act was… [Read More]