Tag Archive: career and family

Making the Most of Your Reading

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I’ve written previously about how we here at the broom factory encourage our fellow craftsmen, and indeed everyone we know, to make reading good books a priority, and I shared a link to… Continue reading

“Let’s Take a Look at You” — Dr. Everydoctor

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As a rule, Skipper Armstrong, the superintendent here at the Broom Factory, always sits on our personal evaluations. The reason, he says, is that a disconnected outsider gives a more objective assessment of… Continue reading

Shaped by the Vagaries of Fate

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn (above), chronicler of Soviet oppression, arbiter of Western response to Russia, prolific author, and considered by many the greatest man of the 20th Century, titled the memoir of his exile to… Continue reading

Facing the Skeptics

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You’ve heard it–the cynical remarks about people who marry too young, who have kids when “they’re just kids themselves!” And that’s fine. People are entitled to their opinions. But just because an opinion… Continue reading

Restored to Life, and Power, and Thought

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Skipping means taking on a life of responsibility, and the truth is, anyone can do that. After all, there’s no become-a-father license. The key to successful skipping is to take those responsibilities and… Continue reading

Skipper Trick #4: Tap Your Guts

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Skippers excel at tough choices, at sticking their necks out. These acts include battle charges and life changes, and though they’re far from easy, they’re soon done. Not so the little choices. Each… Continue reading

Skipper Trick #3: The Evening Trade-off

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You skipped the phase in life where you can focus intently on working toward your dreams. You’re working toward your family’s dreams now, and so is your wife. But you still have personal… Continue reading

Skipper’s Night In: The Backyard Bonfire

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You and your wife need a night to relax, to let loose, but you don’t have the cash for a couple hours of babysitting and the $20 plus for a basic date. Looks… Continue reading

Tales from the Skipped: Skipper Armstrong on Crippling Guilt

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As one of the most frenetic of skippers, I am more obsessed with advancing than was General Patton. I compare myself constantly to heroes in my mind–as a writer, I compare myself to… Continue reading

Skipper Trick #2: Ask for Help

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As a skipper, you may consider yourself a cowboy, a rugged individualist, a workhorse, etc. You’re the kind of man who builds empires on sweat. But slow down, there, Andrew Carnegie. You’re probably… Continue reading