As I write this month’s topic, I feel the need to preface it with a caveat that reads: “These are my ten practices.” And even this doesn’t adequately express what I’m trying to say, for they are not ‘my practices’ in the sense that I have discovered something new, but rather they are the practices that have evolved in my life as I have endeavored to lead a fun, interesting and successful life.

Let’s be clear that there is no one formula, cut in stone, that guarantees happiness and success to each individual. Each person lives their life according to what they feel is important, and this is as it should be. However, as I approach my 58th birthday, after a two-year sabbatical of “listening,” I am feeling reflective, and looking back, I can safely say that I’ve had a very successful and happy life by all standard measurements, but most importantly by my own. So over the next couple of months I will share with you the ten practices that have allowed this to happen for me. For me it will be an interesting process of reflection and analysis as to what has brought me to where I am now; for you the reader it should be an intimate look at the thought process of a man who has loved life and lived it fully. If through this process you find ideas to adopt in your own life and they resonate as true and valuable, then so much the better.