Dr. Phil Gets Drilled

What motivated Dr. Phil to go into the field of psychology?  Football. Let me explain. When Phil McGraw (Dr. Phil) was twelve years old and living in Oklahoma City, he played on a local football team. That team had the best facilities, equipment, and uniforms. The...

The Great Disconnect

The talk show host, Dick Cavett, once said that you cannot give entertainment and receive adoration at the same time. Giving entertainment requires work. Receiving adulation is passive. No one worked harder than the Beatles to generate quality songwriting and...

A Critical Law

Forty years ago, I was assigned a book to read. The name of the book was How to Sell Anything to Anybody. The author’s name was Joe Girard, supposedly the world’s greatest salesman. I have no idea whether he was or not, but he wrote something that has...

Doing Nothing

An old anonymous story goes like this. A farmer was sitting on the steps of his ramshackle place when a stranger approached, asking for a drink of water. Seeking to make conversation, the stranger asked, “How’s your wheat coming along?”  “Didn’t plant none,” answered...

But I Exaggerate

I have a confession to make. I like to exaggerate. “No!” You may be saying to yourself. “Not you, Mark.” Yeah, I do. I bet I’ve exaggerated over 40 million times during my life.  Oops, I did it again. A lot of my embellishment stems from enthusiasm. I am highly...