Greg Wittstock, The Pond Guy

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Hurting People Hurts Others

The latest in a long and never-ending line of hatred was on display when a shooter took out his uncontrolled rage at a bunch of high profile …

Family and Friends - Now and in the End

I spent yesterday with friends. We came together to rally around a mutual friend fighting stage 4 cancer. He prayed he would have "a good day" and be …

Love

They Don't Make 'em Like They Used To!

I thought of titling this "Old Guys Rule," but realized doing so would probably get me in trouble again with H.R. 😂 For the vast majority of jobs, …

The Hardest Job that Requires the Most Help

Sadly, as we see far too often, not every man who has children is worthy of being called a father. For those of us who do strive to be good Dads, …

Parenting

Watch the best in 2017 commencement speeches - The Washington Post

- A mix of politicians and Hollywood celebrities gave some of the most memorable commencement speeches of 2017. One of them even sang! ()

Washington Post

This essay got a high-school senior into Harvard, Yale, MIT, and other top schools

Harvard University freshman Brenden Rodriquez is immersed in the strenuous course load required of his mechanical engineering major.<p>But before he was accepted to the prestigious Ivy League school, he had to first navigate the tricky aspect of writing a stellar admissions essay.<p>His hard work …

Mathematics

Sana's smart sleep goggles for insomniacs will be out in 2018

These sleep googles by a company called Sana Health cost a lot more than your typical mask, but it promises peaceful sleep 10 minutes after you put them on. That's because they more than just block the light: they have mechanisms inside that chunky, VR-headset-like frame that give them the power to …

Solar Impulse

Why valedictorians rarely become millionaires, author says

It’s high school graduation time and a slew of young, newly minted grads are ready to tackle the workforce or continue their education. And, while many of those graduates have poured their blood, sweat and tears into getting perfect grades (like the valedictorian), one author says that motivation …

Education

Is personalized learning the future? This high school thinks so.

Vista High School near San Diego will use a $10 million grant from XQ: The Super School Project to make high school more personal.<p>Vista High School has a big goal for the next four years: To make school feel smaller and more personal, even though there are thousands of students on campus.<p>Vista, …

Education

LIFE LESSON

As any caring parent would do though, we seized the opportunity to have a teachable moment with our impressionable teenager "You become who you hang …

A Huge Smile and a Warm Embrace

At the age of 74, most people are happy just kicking back in front of the boob tube. The last thing they'd choose to be doing is taking the overnight …

Be the Most Persuasive Person In the Room: 9 Things Highly Influential People Always Do

Sometimes facts, logic, and reasoning aren't enough. Here's how the most persuasive people make a great argument even more convincing.<p>Every successful person I know is extremely good at persuading other people. Not manipulating or pressuring, but genuinely <i>persuading</i>: Describing the logic and …

Leadership

Be Happy Now!

One year ago today this smiling lady collapsed at work. A fast thinking and concerned co-worker thankfully ignored her pleas and called 911. An MRI …

Five Good Answers To 'Why Should We Hire You?'

Dear Liz,<p>I hate the job interview question “Why should we hire you?”<p>It sounds like they want me to compare myself to the other candidates.<p>How should I know why they should hire me? I don’t work for the company. They should hire whoever they want.<p>Do you have any suggestions for answering the …

Employment

Will Ferrell Sings “I Will Always Love You” At USC Commencement [VIDEO]

Will Ferrell delivered a speech as University of Southern California’s commencement speaker on Friday, and the comedic actor did not disappoint. …

Will Ferrell

STEAL THIS IDEA

BRILLIANT!!!<p>Somehow they've figured out at a young age it's more who you know than what you know that will open up their door of opportunity. Their …

Can You Adapt Your Game for Today's Players?

Last night the NFL held their annual draft with millions of fans watching and listening to see what future talent their team invests in. …

Kindergarten Wisdom You Can Take to the Bank

When the 'free sample' guy offers you a choice between smoked turkey or honey ham, engaging in a deep conversation about future life plans is …

Who Needs a Watch These Days Anyway?!

Who Needs a Watch These Days Anyway?!<p>If you want to know how valuable Chris Wilson is to me without my "brother from another mother" I'm not sure I'd …

Cole Weede

I convinced this graduating senior to give up his plans to attend college at Iowa State University to study environmental science. Instead, he is now …

This One-Year Alternative to College Promises to Land Students a Well-Paying Job, Debt-Free

This fall, a couple dozen students will be the guinea pigs to test a new form of higher education. Without coughing up any tuition, they will enter …

Nature vs Nurture

Nature vs Nurture<p>I've come to the conclusion neither of my boys will be following in my footsteps with their career paths. Yesterday my youngest …

This teacher has different handshakes with each student

This Charlotte, North Carolina teacher has a unique handshake with each of his students. Watch them go! NBC Charlotte

North Carolina

This Is the Single Most Important Leadership Trait, According to Hundreds of Founders

Do you possess this crucial leadership quality? If not, here's how to get it.<p>Transparency. Passion. Communication.<p>You know that they're all important traits of effective leaders. But are they the <i>most</i> important qualities?<p>Not according to a recent study conducted by The Alternative Board, which …

Leadership

This college student rapped his way to an internship with Jimmy Fallon

A communications student at Washington State University, Jake Sirianni, applied for an internship with <i>The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon</i> with an impressive video of himself performing his own version of Daniel Radcliffe’s rap <i>Alphabet Aerobics</i>.<p>“I was looking around at some of Fallon’s videos, …

Jimmy Fallon

Point Stance: Zeke Elliott, This Is Your Wake-Up Call

<i>Ezekiel Elliott is wading into dangerous waters, football's CTE nightmare continues and John Elway gets political.</i><p><b>1. Ezekiel Elliott Has Some Learning to Do</b><p>This past week, Dak Prescott took a break from training in Florida to attend a soccer game in Dallas with his dad.<p>Prescott's father cuts a low …

NFL

Don't Swallow the Bait

Don't Swallow the Bait<p>My organization and I were recently tarred and feathered in the court of public opinion on social media. Sadly, it was just the …

At 94, 'Bergen’s Busiest Criminal Lawyer' still loves his courtroom job

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Voice rising and arms emphatically chopping the air, the silver-haired lawyer stands before the bench in a courtroom, pleading for leniency for a sales executive with a history of DWI.<p>If the theatrical delivery and the red pocket square peeking from the sharp pinstriped suit seem …

New Jersey

What's The Secret To Success? Ingratiate Yourself With People Of Great Wealth

As the CEO of a rapidly growing fintech company and a frequent contributor to Forbes, I get asked to do a lot of media interviews.<p>The same questions seem to pop up time and time again, but during a recent interview, I was asked a question I had never encountered before.<p>The interviewer asked, “What …

Wealth

A Champion Cabo Couple

A Champion Cabo Couple<p>As beautiful as this picture is, it doesn't come close to capturing the internal beauty of our precious friends the Noriega's. …