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

How It Was Given

Tex Earnhardt was my best friend. After opening his first Ford store (with 2 cars to sell) in 1951, he eventually became a TV celebrity and

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Put Down The Glass

A college professor stands at the front of his class holding a full glass of water. “How heavy does this glass of water feel to me?” he

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“Well, maybe.”

An old Chinese farmer is tending to his field when he sees his only horse galloping off into the distance because his son accidentally left

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The $1 Watermelon

A young boy is buying food for his family from street vendors in his village. As he approaches a watermelon stand with an elderly man attending to

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The Imbalance Ratio

A few weeks ago the Fed announced it would raise interest rates seven times this year to temper inflation. The Fed could be in for a

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How To Apologize

He comes from a wealthy family, is attending Harvard, and plays ice hockey. Her family is working class but she attends Radcliffe and studies classical music. Despite

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Reveal Your Mistakes

Parking Spot Swap Brad has just been appointed the new CEO of a department store chain. Because he is a staunch believer in “servant leadership,” his

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Community Courage

Did you hear the big news?! Last week Paradise Valley Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner signed a new ordinance to amend our town code regarding short term rentals.

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The Mistakes We Make

We all make mistakes. As Alexander Pope said, “To err is to be human.” It’s a fact of life.  However, there are ways to minimize

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The Power of Fear

To start the new year I’m sharing my favorite article from last year when I wrote about the power of fear.  We all know fear sometimes

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Small Frogs No Regrets

This week before New Year’s I’m going to share four things I learned over the years that have made my life better. I hope they  do the

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