Welcome to SmartsMatter

“What I lack in smarts, I make up for in work…and given how hard I have to work, I must not be that smart!”–Greg hague

The Only One I Got

Grandpa was a house painter, painting thousands of houses throughout his career.  He was a happy, outgoing man who made friends easily. It was easy to see

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Love Is An Act

When my mother became terminally ill, it sent a shockwave through the family. My father was devastated. He made the decision to stop working at our

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No Plan B

About ten years ago I had the honor to interview legendary race car driver, Mario Andretti. It was for a story in my book, How Fathers Change

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SPECIAL SKIN

I can’t believe it’s been almost 10 years since I released my book, How Fathers Change Lives.  One of my favorite stories that came from the book was

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The Spirit of Ubuntu

While a British anthropologist was studying a Zulu tribe in South Africa she observed that the sense of community was unlike anything she had ever

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Those Giving More

His car was 100% immaculate. His clothes were 100% pressed. His closet was 100% organized. At the office he was 100% work. At home he

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Influence Others

An “honesty box” was placed on a table in a company break room to collect money for coffee. On the box it said: “$1 per

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A Handshake in Texas

It predates 5500 years of written history. Some scholars say it originated as an act of peaceful intent because it shows that a hand holds no

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Why I Don’t Worry As Much

October ’62. Cuba. Missiles. Blockade. Nuclear fallout drills at school… I’m only 14… but old enough to know things aren’t right.  An American U-2 spy plane had photographed

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No Is the Master Skill

Joel Osteen is among the most successful televangelists of all time. His sermons are viewed by millions of Americans, and are broadcast in over 100

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Sales Built on Scarcity

“The first rule of selling is scarcity…’It’s a one of a kind. It’s irreplaceable. There will never be another one like it.’ Scarcity causes buyers

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Defining Moments

I’ve written and spoken a lot about how the fears we all have (failure, rejection, embarrassment) are merely dents to the ego. They are what I

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Just Do It

The 1980s was known as the “fitness decade”.  On April 24, 1982, actress turned exercise guru Jane Fonda released her debut aerobics video, Workout.  Then there was

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Greg’s First Pitch

Ah…baseball. America’s favorite pastime. It’s a national tradition that dates back to the 1860s. The MLB is the oldest major sports league in the world, officially

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