The Time Is Right

Listen to “The Time Is Right” by Fred Smith   A dozen years ago I was asked by a friend if I would consider sharing what I am thinking: “People are curious about why you think [...]

Worth The Work

Years ago, a friend made a large donation to help a new organization get started. The founder was an acquaintance and not only persuasive but passionate about the new organization being able to [...]

The Good Commission

Listen to “The Good Commission” by Fred Smith   Some blogs are diaries – personal and revealing by making you feel you have been invited into the interior of the author’s life. [...]

One Way Or Another

Listen to “One Way or Another” by Fred Smith   Discoveries made through a mistake, battles lost by a sudden change of wind, unintentional inflection points in a life through a [...]

Talking To Elephants

Listen to “Talking to Elephants” by Fred Smith   As a young man stationed in Italy in the Navy I invited my family to come and join me for a tour of the country. One day in Rome [...]

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 [...]

What’s The Outlook?

Listen to “What’s the Outlook?” by Fred Smith   The difference between weather and climate is important. Weather alters constantly while climate changes are slow but the [...]

Gods in Disguise

Listen to “Gods in Disguise” by Fred Smith   It was not even a major miracle. No one walked on water or fed five thousand. As far as miracles go it was almost incidental. A [...]

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 [...]