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 [...]

Place and Power

Listen to “Place and Power” by Fred Smith   If you want well-written insight into the work of speechwriters and their behind-the-scenes influence, I would suggest Barton [...]

The Glitter is Gone

Listen to “The Glitter is Gone” by Fred Smith   In the past there has always been an unspoken bond between the very rich “one percent” of our world and the rest of us. During the [...]

Quo Vadis?

  Listen to “Quo Vadis?” by Fred Smith Haley was five when she came to me and said she wanted to set up to sell lemonade in the front yard.  Not being the craftsman my father [...]