Wednesday, April 11, 2018


W. E. B. DuBois wrote this beautiful letter to his daughter Yolande 
as she was about to enter a college far away from home:

Don't shrink from new experiences and custom. Take the cold bath bravely.
Enter into the spirit of your big bed-room. Enjoy what is and not pine
     for what is not. Read some good, heavy, serious books just for discipline:
Take yourself in hand and master yourself. Make yourself do unpleasant
things, so as to gain the upper hand of your soul. Above all remember:
your father loves you and believes in you and expects you to be a
wonderful woman.

In order to get ahead in business HubSpot.com says you will have to learn to overcome
 being uncomfortable in these situations:

Learning to take a compliment:

Public speaking:

Working with data:

Getting up early:

Taking critical feedback:

Giving critical feedback:

Fighting through conflict:



Networking & making small talk:

Admitting a mistake:

Getting in over your head:

Disagreeing with your boss:

Promoting yourself:

And admitting you don't understand something:

If you can overcome being uncomfortable in these situations, you should be the CEO
in just a couple of months!!

For those of you who can't get a job/are retired
here are some everyday things that might make you uncomfortable:

This tree wearing pants:
 This pitless avocado:
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 This cat’s haircut:
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 This makeup job:
imgur.com / Via reddit.com

Want to be even more uncomfortable?  See my next post----fishducky


  1. I am not CEO material. Some of those things (and I am not going to admit which) make me very uncomfortable. Getting up early is a breeze though.
    And as a retired person you are right, most of those everyday things DO make me uncomfortable.
    I vote for choice C. And some mace.

  2. Oh, yes! All of those retiree instances make me uncomfortable. Especially the cat, I think--LOL! ;)

    1. I would never cut a cat's (or MY) hair that way!!

  3. That make-up job certainly made me feel uncomfortable. Seeing double without being drunk? That's unfair.

  4. Who ever cut that cat put it to sleep first. Oddly I like the result. Can so relate to Humphrey. My cat cares nothing for my or her comfort as long as she is glued to me.

  5. That make up job really spooked me out. Thanks for sharing all of the funnies. Take care of yourself,

  6. I came here and had a good laugh and felt real comfortable, just so you know

  7. That was one beautiful letter.

    1. This is the letter she means:

      Matthew Fischer shared Nancy Fischer Minicozzi's post — at California Rehabilitation Institute.
      9 hrs · Los Angeles, CA ·
      When I arrived in California on March 18th and first saw my dad in the ICU with a breathing tube and assorted other devices and implements coming out of every part of his body, I cried because the situation looked (and was) so dire. Tonight, more than three weeks later I’m sitting in his room at rehab at nearly 3 a.m., watching him sleep and crying again.

      The difference is these tears are tears of joy. He’s still got a long road back, but seeing how far he’s come since that day in March is nothing short of a miracle. The last three+ weeks have been both the toughest and most rewarding of my life. To play whatever small role I’ve played in helping someone who has helped me in every way imaginable every day of my life is just an indescribable feeling.

      My dad is both the toughest and most compassionate guy I know and ever will know. In 23+ years since we moved to Connecticut, this is the longest consecutive stretch I’ve been able to spend with him, and while it’s definitely not the circumstances either of us would have chosen, I wouldn’t trade the opportunity for anything. This experience has validated the love I have for all my family, from my dad and mom, to my brother Blake and his wonderful girlfriend Sandy, to my sister Nancy and her husband Angelo, to my own children and most of all my incredible wife Linda, whom I miss terribly, but who’s risen to the occasion once again and been just as supportive in the nearly month I’ve been away as she’s been every other month of our nearly 30 years together.

      This is from my daughter, Nameless:
      14 hrs ·
      Many of you know that my father fell and broke his shoulder in early March and has been in the hospital with pneumonia for the last 3 weeks. He was moved to rehab Friday. Today was his birthday, and he was the best I have seen him since this saga began. He was able to get dressed, smiled, laughed, and had birthday cupcakes.

      I am so grateful to my brothers Blake and Matt Fischer, as they have done the lion's share of the work, staying overnight in the hospital and doing whatever was needed to keep my dad happy and as comfortable as possible. Here's hoping my dad can come home soon and things can get back to normal - whatever that is!

    2. They are truly beautiful sentiments.

    3. Apparently we are a FUNCTIONAL family!!

  8. My daughter would like to know if you like the tv show Community as you have pictures Troy, Abed and Anne

  9. The more I look at the kitty haircut, the more it grows on me. The makeup job...not so much.


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