Bad Advice

Listen to “Bad Advice” by Fred Smith   Last week I wrote about the importance and also the difficulty of letting go.  There comes a time when the founder or entrepreneur must [...]

Hands Off

Listen to “Hands Off” by Fred Smith   For me, as someone having founded and co-founded several organizations, few things are more satisfying than spending time with men and women [...]

More Than Enough

Listen to “More than Enough” by Fred Smith   My wife, Carol, was sleeping in the passenger seat as we drove past the exit sign for Tyler, Texas. It was 1977 and we were on our [...]

Is The Glitter Gone?

Listen to “Is the Glitter Gone?” by Fred Smith   In 1929, in the grip of a global depression, Americans flocked to theaters to escape the harshness of their lives and catch a [...]

On An Even Keel

Listen to “On An Even Keel” by Fred Smith   A friend asked me, “What do you think your best contribution will be? And for what would you like to be remembered?” I did not need [...]

Is It Too Much to Ask?

Listen to “Is It Too Much To Ask?”   It’s not just me but a growing number of people have made comments about a theme running through commencement speeches for the last several [...]

More

Listen to “More” by Fred Smith   Periodically, I think about full retirement and what that might mean. I asked one friend about it, and his response was, “Retire from what? You [...]

Paper Dolls

Listen to “Paper Dolls” by Fred Smith   There is no topic more widely discussed and fretted about in family philanthropy than that of donor intent. Horror stories (both true and [...]

End Of The Line

Listen to “End of the Line” by Fred Smith The story of Abram’s calling begins at the end of the line. If you trace the descendants of Adam through Noah and then to Terah, the [...]