Wandering Into Wisdom

This blog chronicles the knowledge, insight and wisdom I encounter every day as a leadership consultant, executive coach, educator, father, friend and citizen. This site is dedicated to my father, Louis (Jack) Laughlin, who passed on to me an appreciation for wisdom. A special thanks to my friend Isaac Cheifetz, a businessman and journalist, who helped me understand the value of blogs and encouraged me to write one.


Hurry don't rush
Push don't shove
Jump don't leap

Artificial gods

"Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy."
 - Joseph Campbell


We should never confuse knowing the right thing with doing the difficult thing.  It's the difference between advice and encouragement.


The difference between drive and impatience is planning.


"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."
 - Khalil Gibran

New Decade's Resolution

"Most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year and underestimate what they can accomplish in a decade."
 - Tony Robbins

Possession of a Another Kind

“A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind”
 - Robert Oxton Bolton

The Best You Can Be

“Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
 - William Faulkner

Specific Gravity

"for it is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so far as the nature of the subject admits."
 - Aristotle

No Little White Lies

"The great masses of the people will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one."
 - Adolf Hitler

Not Thinking

"What good fortune for governments that the people do not think"
 - Adolf Hitler

Big Spender

The annual budget for the NYPD (New York City Police Department) is $5 billion.

Changing Your Mind

"Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change."
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Chapter 23 Page 3

What Makes You Happy?

Acceptance and gratitude.
 - My answer to the question posed by a Ukrainian friend