“The highest reward for a person’s toil… “

“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”

– John Ruskin, 19th century English artist and philanthropist

I am a work in progress. How about you? With the wide variety of daily experiences we all have, I believe that we are constantly evolving and becoming a fuller expression of ourselves.

We all work each day to earn the compensation that allows us to care for ourselves and others. Ruskin’s quote, however, points to the less recognized and often subtle developments that accompany such experiences.


Explore how your daily efforts further your journey toward more fulfilling relationships, enhance creativity, expand greater self-esteem, support vibrant health, and extend your pursuit of wisdom.

How are you going beyond your basic psychological and physiological needs to pursue your own self-actualization? Consider Googling Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to explore this concept in more depth.

#40: “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count…”

“…It’s the life in your years.”

– Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States

Are you a quality person or a quantity person? Would you rather have a single dip of premium ice cream or a half-gallon of the store brand?

How does this idea pertain to our experience of life itself?

We’ve all heard stories of people who lived into their 90s or even to 100, or a marriage lasting 60 years. Were they quality years?

Consider which things, experiences, and lessons along life’s journey make it a quality one for you.


What do you need to start, or do more of, to make each moment a premium moment?

What can you stop doing, or do less of, to make room for the added life in your years?

What does your bucket list look like?

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#19: “The greatest good you can do for another…”

“…is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

I am often asked to share my perspective on the fields of consulting, mentoring, and coaching as a way of supporting others in moving forward. In doing so, I like to distinguish an inside-out contribution from outside-in efforts.

Masterful coaching emphasizes that the majority of the answers and potential lie within the proverbial athlete/client. As we help them discover their own answers and potential, the lessons learned stick far better than any outside-in concept.


In the multiple roles you may play as a parent, friend, colleague, and business person, how can you reveal the riches in others?

Who in your life will do likewise, bringing out the best in you?

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