How can you find your buried treasure? Be aware that it’s there!

It’s been more than three years now that I’ve been helping and encouraging people to find their buried treasure – the gifts, skills, talents and strengths they don’t even realize they have. One of the many things I’ve discovered in that time is that the more I notice the talents and strengths in other people, the more I find them in myself. Part of the reason, I'm sure, is simply a matter of awareness. Once something is on our radar, we find more of it [...]

By |April 15th, 2013|Buried Treasure|0 Comments

The perfect gift for a special friend

I’ve been going crazy trying to come up with an appropriate birthday gift for a friend of mine – especially since we’ve agreed not to buy each other gifts anymore. I’m not breaking our agreement by doing this, because we didn’t outlaw birthday gifts. Just buying them. She and I have been friends ever since we took a writing class together long ago. We stayed close even after my family moved – twice – to different and distant parts of the country. In the years [...]

By |March 29th, 2013|Buried Treasure, Columns|2 Comments

Look for the treasure in others, and you’ll start finding more of your own

It’s been several years now since I started helping and encouraging people to find their buried treasure – the gifts, skills, talents and strengths they didn’t even realize they had. During that time, I’ve made a few interesting discoveries myself. One is that when you start looking for something and you do it consistently, it’s very likely that you’ll find it – and also that it will start finding you! Whether you’re searching for significance or looking for trouble, what you seek is what you’ll [...]

By |March 11th, 2013|Buried Treasure|0 Comments

More failures generate bigger success

“If you set out to fail, and you succeed, which have you done?” I first read – and chuckled at – that question long ago when I saw it on one of those lists that get circulated by email on a regular basis. I thought about it again after writing last week’s column about failure being a prerequisite of success. After all, few – if any – ventures or adventures succeed on the first try, and sometimes we need a reminder that we shouldn’t get [...]

By |June 29th, 2012|Buried Treasure, Coaching, Columns, Success|0 Comments

Do what you love, and others will notice

The column “Find Your Buried Treasure” appears weekly in the Chanhassen (MN) Villager. This column was published on February 24, 2011. I spoke last week to a group that had about 50 or 60 members present. After the program, a number of them came over to talk to me. Most simply thanked me for coming, and said they enjoyed the program. Some had specific questions or comments, or stories they wanted to share. A few said things like, “You really gave me some new things to think about,” or “I got a lot of great ideas from you. I can’t wait to try them out.” Those are the comments I always enjoy and appreciate the most. But then, just before I left, someone told me something I don’t recall ever hearing before. It was a simple observation, but one that I will always treasure. I hope it will always be true, and I hope it will always show....

By |February 27th, 2011|Buried Treasure, Coaching, Columns, Professional Speaking|0 Comments

Join me on a treasure hunt

The column "Find Your Buried Treasure" appears weekly in the Chanhassen (MN) Villager. This column was published on January 6, 2011. I am embarking on a year-long, worldwide hunt for buried treasure, and I’m hoping you’ll join me. You don’t have to take a leave of absence from your job or family. You won’t need a passport, visa, or malaria shot. And you don’t need to purchase a telescope, gyroscope, metal detector, or any other equipment or supplies. The kind of treasure I’m looking for is any talent, trait, gift, or skill that can be of value in some way to the person who possesses it. It is buried treasure if the person who has it doesn’t recognize it, doesn’t know or believe it has value, or doesn’t realize what it is truly worth...

Book project offers new challenges and opportunities

The column “Find Your Buried Treasure” appears weekly in the Chanhassen (MN) Villager. This column was published on September 16, 2010. I got a phone call recently from someone asking if I would be interested in contributing a chapter to a book about networking. My first reaction was the temptation to ask, “What mailing list did you get my name from, and what are you trying to sell me?” But as she explained the project to me, I started getting more and more interested in it...

By |September 17th, 2010|Buried Treasure, Columns, Writing|1 Comment

Quotes and Sayings I Love

“She wasn’t where she had been. She wasn’t where she was going. But she was on her way.” I haven’t been able to trace the origin of that quote, but it’s on a refrigerator magnet I keep on the bulletin board in my office (since I don’t have a refrigerator in my office). I get energized every time I read it. It reminds me—especially when I get frustrated or exhausted, or when things I’m trying to do don’t go as planned and I start to feel as though they never will—that I have come a long way, and I’ve accomplished a great deal. Even if the big prize or the big picture is still way beyond the horizon...

By |July 22nd, 2010|Buried Treasure, Coaching, Quotes and Sayings|4 Comments


Welcome to the launch of my new blog, “Find Your Buried Treasure.” Consider this a voyage and a treasure hunt we’re embarking on together. I’ve discovered that the more I help other people find their buried treasure, the more I find of my own. I hope that will be true for you as well. The buried treasure I’m talking about is made up of the gifts, talents, skills, and strengths we don’t even realize we have – because they come so naturally to us and feel so common and ordinary that we don’t even consider them special. We may neglect or ignore them, or simply be unaware of their worth and value. But there’s buried treasure in everyone, and I want to help you find it...

By |July 11th, 2010|Buried Treasure, Coaching, Columns, Values|4 Comments