Browsing All posts tagged under »advice«

How to Give Bad News

February 8, 2022


Giving someone bad news is tough. Whether it’s a break up, a layoff, or telling my friend Todd I’m unable to repay the money he didn’t know I’d borrowed, everyone dreads those awkward conversations. I read a story about a woman in China who faked her own kidnapping and death to avoid having to break […]

The Art of Excuses: Lesson 1

February 22, 2013


If January is the time for setting New Year’s resolutions, February is the time for spinning our failure to reach those resolutions. All February long people keep asking you about January’s public proclamation to lose weight, write a book, or stop making public proclamations. Now is the time for excuses. If you’re an excuse rookie […]

Situations When It’s Better to Give than Receive

October 10, 2012


At Christmas time, Mom was always fond of reminding us “It’s better to give than to receive,” but we always disagreed. With a bit more life experience I’ve realized Mom was onto something and there are in fact multiples instances when it’s far better to give than to receive. It’s better to give _____ than […]

Dear Good Greatsby: Babysitter or Baby Sicker

August 8, 2012


Today’s question comes from Heather at Beaches & Peaches. Heather: I have a baby, and yesterday the babysitter for this baby showed up very sick. How do you deal with this situation? I pretended to walk a block and then came back in the apartment and told her I’d acted too soon, and actually wasn’t […]

Easing Others into Emotional Bankruptcy

February 6, 2012


There’s an art to managing relationships and confrontation. In the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen Covey talks about an emotional bank account requiring us to make deposits with people before we can make withdrawals. This section of the book has always meant a lot to me because it was the […]

Dear Good Greatsby: Do You Ever Worry About Losing Your Awesome Looks?

December 14, 2011


Dear Good Greatsby Do you ever worry about getting old or losing your awesome looks? What do you think about the men and women who obsess about it? kathrinjapan   Dear kathinjapan, The only time I ever worry about losing my looks is when I’m awake. The topic rarely enters my dreams because no matter […]

Interview Dos and Don’ts

December 6, 2011


In this tough job market, you’re lucky just to get an interview, and it’s essential that you carefully prepare ahead of time by reviewing a list of Dos and Don’ts so you don’t make a huge interview faux pas that might cost you the job. Here’s a list I always review ahead of any job […]

Dear Good Greatsby: Greatsby’s Homemade Gift Ideas

November 30, 2011


Today’s seasonal question comes from She’s a Maineiac, who seeks suggestions for Christmas on a budget. Dear Good Greatsby, Money is tight this holiday season, yet my kids are still expecting lots of expensive gifts. I’ve been out exhaustively hunting for great deals, but I’m fresh out of pepper spray. How can I convice them […]

Turning Thanksgiving into Thanksreceiving

November 23, 2011


When your friends and family gather for Thanksgiving and list their blessings, make sure and remind everyone they should be especially thankful for you. Are You too Impressive? If you’re anything like me, you’re a tremendously impressive person, and part of what makes you impressive is your deep humility preventing you from bringing your accomplishments […]

Dear Good Greatsby: What’s on Your Bucket List?

November 16, 2011


The Average Person wondered about my list of things I still wanted to do before death.  I was assisted in answering her question by my personal assistant Ken, who took time from his busy schedule of not having a girlfriend. Dear Good Greatsby, Having had a lucky escape, I decided to write a bucket List. […]

The Good Greatsby’s Tips for Getting Your Spouse’s Attention

November 10, 2011


In yesterday’s post, Muy Caliente! Tips for Adding Spice to Your Marriage, I responded to an article outlining methods to add some excitement to your marriage.  Today I’d like to suggest some of my own time-tested methods for keeping Mrs. Good Greatsby interested in yours truly. #1 Leave each other notes around the house from […]

Muy Caliente! Tips for Adding Spice to Your Marriage

November 9, 2011


A friend sent me an article on 7 Ways to Spice Up Your Marriage with the suggestion it might make a good blog post, although it’s also possible she sent it at my wife’s request. My wife and I don’t need any help in the spice department.  If anything, my marriage has too much spice.  […]