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Trade-Offs

Dear Son, Life is a balancing act.  However much some ideologues might promise it to us, we cannot have everything we want.  When we choose one path, another path is lost to us.  This is why it is important to have good critical thinking skills, strong values, good character, and a powerful code of ethics.  […]

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Faith

Dear Son, No human being can know the future.  We can’t control the thoughts, feelings, or actions of other people.  Even if we could, we would have no right to do so. And that means that we have to have some faith when we make decisions. Faith is a funny word, it has a few […]

Hard Work

Burdens

Dear Son, One of the things I see holding men back over and over again is a fear of being a burden.  They don’t share their thoughts or feelings, their creative works, or even their hopes because they are afraid of being a burden on others.  This can cause a lot of pain for a […]

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Don’t Wait on Heroes

Dear Son, I will tell you a lot of tales of great heroes, mythical, and real.  A good hero story inspires us to be braver people.  It tells us what we could be capable of, and not just how to be a good person, but how to be a beautiful one: to be compassionate and […]

Statue of Nike in the Cinquatenniare Park in Brussels

Over the 100 Mark!

Dear Son, My last letter, “That’s Offensive!” marked my 100th letter to you.  This has been quite a journey of self-exploration for me.  I have been asking myself certain questions constantly: “How can I help my son become a good man?” “Which books can I share and would love to be able to talk to […]

Young Entreprenuer Operating his Business by Computer

On Business

Dear Son, One thing I wish more people would do is to run a small business at lest once in their lives.  Not just a hobby that makes a little bit of money, but a real business that brings in a few thousand dollars every month. People these days don’t understand business, so they look […]

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Leadership: The Basics

Dear Son, Leadership is a topic I write about, teach about, and train others in extensively.  It is a topic that is often very poorly understood.  A lot of people mistake commanding, directing, or managing people for leading them.  The fact of the matter is that leadership can happen in all of those contexts, but […]

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What Girls Want

Dear Son, When I was a teen, I was constantly trying to figure out what it was girls want.  Growing up in the 1980s and 90s, there was more bad advice than good on that front.  Often, I could see through the bad advice, but I wanted it to be true, because it meant I […]