An Uncommon Risk

Listen to “An Uncommon Risk” by Fred Smith   One of the most watched events of this century was Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across Niagara Falls. In so doing he became [...]

The Light Years

Listen to “The Light Years” by Fred Smith   “Papa, how old are you?” my young grandson asked.   “I’m 73.” “Whoa, and you are not dead yet?” That was pretty much the end of the [...]

Burn The Bridge

Listen to “Burn the Bridge” by Fred Smith Shortly before the pilot announced we were making our final descent into Colorado Springs, a young man walked down the aisle to my seat and [...]

Do The Hard Thing

Listen to “Do The Hard Thing” by Fred Smith As you walk into my office and look toward the small table by the window you will see a sign that reads, “Do what you love and you [...]

Making Old Friends

Listen to “Making Old Friends” by Fred Smith Sitting with five other men this weekend to talk through the challenges and opportunities for a growing business one of us had started, I [...]

Unreasonable People

Listen to “Unreasonable People” by Fred Smith Almost every time I read about a major foundation tackling another global problem I have two responses. The first is, “Go get ‘em tiger” [...]

Deep Dive

Listen to “Deep Dive” by Fred Smith   Until the recent Telemachus gathering, I had not seen Gordon and Gail MacDonald for many years.  Being there together with the young couples [...]

The Inconvenient Elder

Listen to “The Inconvenient Elder” by Fred Smith   The creation of wealth often spurs an unexpected reaction in the next generation. During the 12th and early 13th centuries, [...]

The New Chefs

Julia and Paul Child were living in Paris in 1959 when they first heard something called “television” was becoming popular in the States. After reading an article about the horrifying effects of [...]