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What Does the New Health Care Law Mean to Me?

Sonia Dent RN, MSN, MBA

Certainly by today you have been have seen on the news, read something in print, or been involved in a conversation with someone discussing the controversial enacted health care law. And the constant question on everyone’s mind is, “How is this law going to affect me?” Whether you are a child, senior, business or healthcare provider, this law touches every American. Some changes take place immediately while others will be put into place over the next few years.


Stronger Than Yesterday "Life, Leadership, & Money"

There are so many attributes that make up a great leader; integrity, work ethic, perseverance, and attitude just to name a few. However, I feel like the single most important quality a leader can have is a strong desire for self-development. Leadership is a lot like a golf swing in that it will never be perfected. In the Christmas of 2010 my wife and I were celebrating our first Christmas in our new home about two hours from where we both grew up. I was so excited because I had gotten her an IPAD (although in hindsight the time she spent making a wonderful dinner compared to the time she spent playing angry birds may have made that purchase a mistake). Anyway, when she opened it up she burst into tears talking about how blessed we are and how handsome I am. Ok I made that last part up but she really did love the present.



Slow Down to Speed Up "Life, Leadership, & Money"

I have put a name on a disease many of us have felt but just can’t quite describe. How many times in the past year, month, week, heck even day have you said, “I can’t get anything done because I’ve got too much to do!” I call this Overwhelmed Paralysis.


Common Sense? I’m too Smart for that! Life, Leadership, and Money

Ever try to rationalize a really stupid decision your about to make? “I know those shoes are $200 but I play ball every day so I’ll get good use out of them.” “My test is in a week so why start now? I’ve got plenty of time to get ready.” “I heard that if you have an apple at lunch then 4 Big Mac’s at dinner really isn’t a big deal.” Ah yes, the beauty of rationalization. The more I get into the realm of leadership and life the more I realize just how simple success is.


A woman gives up looking in a mirror for a year: Self importance hits an all time low

Recently I saw a story on Yahoo; this is the introduction:“Most brides obsess over every last detail of the big day and scour racks for the dream dress, but Ph.D. candidate Kjerstin Gruys has taken on a prenuptial challenge of more unique proportions. The teaching fellow at the UCLA Department of Sociology has sworn off looking in a mirror for an entire year—six months of which will lead up to her wedding.”

I didn’t know whether to laugh or sigh. Are we so desperate for role models that we elevate someone to hero because they do something a little different? I am not taking a pot shot at women, not at all. If this story was about a man I would feel the same way because this story is rooted in selfishness, vanity, egocentrism. This issues isn’t a female or male issue, this is an issue of complete and utter self importance.