Rick has a vast array of work experience, from pulling tassels off of cornstalks as a kid, to authoring a book. Rick built a multi-million dollars insurance business where he honed his skills in recruiting, marketing, training, and developing talent.

2017-12-07
The Vision Trip!
“If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse… but surely you will see the wildness!” ~ Pablo Picasso DESIRE Eyes, please open. I really want to see. So many times I just haven’t been able to see clearly. With invisible blinders clarity resists. The craving for...

2017-11-25
Finding Ourselves!
I’m curious. And, being curious has worked out well for me. The world is often confusing and chaotic. Refusing to accept things at face value has the potential to empower us. Surface arguments, many times, doesn’t provide enough details to make an informed decision. Information is only part of what...

2017-11-16
CHECKING YOUR WORLD-VIEW!
Much of the mainstream news has sunk into activism. Their agenda is undisputed; they want to get us to believe what they are saying. It doesn’t matter if it’s true. The only fact that we can rely on, from the media monopoly, is their determination to get us to buy...

2017-11-09
MATTERS OF FACT!
Love, as a necessary construct is missing. When I observe society and consider our present state of affairs I find that many of our social ills are the direct result of a lack of love. Our politics and policies would look very different if we insisted on compassion and empathy...

2017-11-02
THE MISSING INGREDIENT!
Extremism has taken over our world. The absence of love has allowed for chaos and corruption to rule in nearly every segment of society. We often treat each other with a disregard for the inherent value we all share. Life is sacred and must be respected and valued for the...

2017-10-24
THE MOST DEPENDABLE LIFE-HACK YOU CAN FIND!
The sun was shining and I owned the day. It seemed like it had been months since the rays of life broke through the relentless overcast sky. Gloomy disappeared behind the victory of my solar-powered personality. This is how I live my best life. DISTRACTIONS I’ve been ready to take...

2017-09-28
A Message From The King!
The very idea of mediocrity sends my creative endorphins into convulsions. Even when excellence remains elusive, the possible moves the needle on my fuel gauge. Gourmet Experiences Imagine being seated at a fine eating establishment and the waiter, dressed in black and white, with a bow tie shows up at...

2017-08-18
A Conversation With Kevin Knebl
This Week on “Rick on Life” “Rick on Life”: www.facebook.com/TLBTV Sunday’s at 12:00 PM CST Keys To Remarkable Results Kevin is not only one of the most recommended speakers and trainers in the world, he is also a really great guy. He’s generous and carries what I refer to as...

2017-08-15
How To Find Meaning In The Noise!
Image via commons.wikimedia.org His volume and intensity sent me scurrying for a safe place. Even though my stepfather has been in the grave for several years, he still holds the deplorable position of being the most miserable man I’ve ever known. He was an angry person! And, he made most...

2017-08-04
How To Accept A New Chapter In Life!
I’ve been on a bit of a learning-curve… Oops! Let me apply a lesson learned by correcting myself. My Learning Curve Continues!!! We wage internal battles inside our singular brains sometimes, strong enough to wet the thirst of a thousand commandos on a forced-march. Dreams can be temperamental bed-fellows. As...

2017-07-20
How To Know IF You’re Seeing Things Correctly!
Image courtesy of Max Pixel I’m a mixed breed! Accepting that is as pure as it gets for me. Giving up trying to be a thoroughbred, of any kind, has freed me from pining about pedigree. Recognizable Specificity I don’t fit everywhere. Thankfully, I no longer want to. The assumed...

2017-07-13
How To Determine The Questions To Ask!
Image courtesy of pixabay.com It was a friendly environment and the speaker seemed warm enough. I was about to ask my question when… what if it’s a stupid question? The popular adage, “the only dumb question is the one you don’t ask” won’t actually protect you from uncontrollable sneering. I...

2017-07-06
What You Can Do Without A Father!
The gash on my innards was remarkable! It affected everything about me. My lack of understanding led me to misdiagnose who I really am. Every time I retold my story, adding polish and pizzazz, I increased the strength of the lies. I was open to trickery and manipulation. Thank God...

2017-06-29
5 Strategies to Maximize Life Lessons!
Image courtesy of mRio via flickr I heard the lady sitting next to me, on the bus, say to her companion; “You live and learn.” I’ve heard that saying many times before. I’m certain I’ve said the exact same thing on a number of occasions. Who would disagree with the...

2017-06-22
The Time For Disappointment Is Now!
Image courtesy of jimpg2_2015 via flickr.com We can’t get through life without disappointment. From disappointment in others, to disappointment in ourselves, we deal with this beast. Perfectionism is dysfunction. I’ve been there; trying to deny my own humanity. Letting myself down. Mistakes are inevitable but, that’s not a license to...

2017-06-16
BRANDED: A FATHER’S LEGACY
It’s been an honor to participate in celebrating fathers during this Father’s Day season. And to hear the good and sometimes difficult stories around what others experienced with their fathers. Our stories matter to our present and future generations. It’s been a journey for me to get to the place...

2017-06-15
How To Deal With The Empty Chair On Father’s Day?
Call me old school and I won’t debate you. I think fathers matter. My father not being there left me more than alone. Free image courtesy of pixabay The wonderful accessories that sometimes adorn the unfortunate and make up for losses didn’t make it to my house either. Poor, literally,...

2017-06-09
#FridayFeeling!!!✍✍??✍✍
Want a puck-me-up? Live...Love...Share!!! I have been held hostage in ‘Slackerdom’!!! It’s a little kingdom that has kept me from writing as much as I usually would for Two Drops of Ink and for my personal blog. The inhabitants of Slackerdom usually visit me when I get caught up in...

2017-06-02
Rising Beyond the Past!
Some of us walk with a limp. Maimed by what’s behind us. Struggling to find the door, the answer, to the life we want deep inside. It’s possible! Probable, if you choose to unravel the imposter living in your stead. If Only I Had A Dad Read sample: I was...

2017-05-31
Trading in Futures!
Please! Don’t beat around the bush. Give it to me uninflated! Tell me what to invest in that guarantees a satisfactory rate of return. I would love to take out the risk and go straight to the reward. Who wouldn’t? right. Image courtesy of pjchmiel via flickr.com Let’s see now....

2017-05-31
How to Give a Flip and Stay Upright!
“I can’t help how I feel,” my mother used to say. Image courtesy of pixabay.com Even at an early age I found something inaccurate about this statement. I asked, in my adolescence, “If we can’t help how we feel, who can? Feelings are in the most unchecked category . We...

2017-05-28
BUILD CHARACTER INTO YOUR CHILDREN
Powerful, incredible, best read with your heart! Manly Training BUILD CHARACTER INTO YOUR CHILDREN David Kraft was a big, strong man — all muscle. At the age of 32, he was six feet, two inches tall and weighed 200 pounds. He had been to seminary and ended up working with...

2017-05-27
Poetry Break: ‘YOU ARE MY GRACE’
For those who dream of writing and nurturing the author you know is within, this is a wonderful story to encourage you to pursue your dreams. Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty. ~Edgar Allan...

2017-05-18
Forgiveness is a Life Hack for Business!
Image courtesy of commons via wikimedia.com We’ve seen it before. Maybe more than we care to admit. People not getting along. The down time can be costly. It might not have anything to do with workplace mission, yet, the business is picking up the tab. If you’re responsible for team...

2017-04-27
Is Your Flight Overbooked?
LIFE FLIGHT According to the Air Traffic Controllers Association, 87,000 flights crisscross the United States, every day. With a population of over 300 million people there are countless dreams and aspirations filling our air space. Gifts and talents, robed in passion, attempt to take-off and land successfully every minute of...

2017-04-21
The Value Of Commenting On A Blog.
This is a helpful blog post from my friend, Joanne, for those of you who want to be supportive. A little goes a long way! WordyNerdBird Something many people don’t understand is the value of leaving a comment on a blog. It’s easy to read a post and move on,...

2017-04-13
Will You Merry Me?
“Tell me, what is it you plan do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver, in her poem, The Summer Day. HEAD GAMES I was maybe five or six when Mr Bernie, from down the street asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”...

2017-03-30
Read My Mind!
Every now and then it’s good to hear something positive, inspirational, and empowering to offset the barrage of negativity heaped on our tender little heads. I’ve discovered a great way to upset the proverbial apple cart, of status quo manipulation, is to find something uplifting to inject into my bloodstream....

2017-03-23
Don’t Leave Home Without Them!
Preparing for the good life? The three must-haves; Affirmation, Identity, A Sense of Worthiness By dualdflipflip on flickr Affirmation Emotional support is necessary to grow organically. It shapes the way we see ourselves and initiates our world view. What gets embedded in our formative years will be present, for many...

2017-03-16
The Secret of Creative Competition!
AWARENESS I was born with it. I’ve lived with it. I’ve dreamed about it. I’ve nurtured it. I’ve left it sitting idle. I’ve picked it up again. I know it will never leave me alone. In spite of moments of frustration, if it disappeared, I’d be lost. It’s the thing...

2017-03-03
Defining Moments!
The exercise was clear enough; list seven defining moments in your life. What wasn’t so clear were the actual seven moments that defined me. Having never taken the time to pinpoint the life events that had altered/corrected my life left me to breathe in without exhaling. Image courtesy of h.koppdelaney...

2017-02-28
Exacting Opposites!
TIME WILL TELL There’s a great line in the movie “The Quick and the Dead.” As the bad guys were pursuing their victims, they were being killed off one by one by Sam Elliott’s character. As they determined to continue forward the line goes, “We’re going but, we are going...

2017-02-16
What Can You Learn AT The Symphony?
I count my blessings every time I get to go on a field trip with my grandson. Helping to keep the natives from getting restless is a small price to pay for the rich experiences of new explorations. Chaperoning second graders in a super city will keep you on your...

2017-02-09
An Interview of “If Only I Had A Dad!”
The wonderful and gracious Lily Amis invited me for an interview of my newly released book, “If Only I Had A Dad.” Just click the link below to read the interview. An Interview With Lily Amis! Thank you for all the support! The book is being well received and I’m...

2017-02-03
Got Time For A Heart Attack?
OK! I took time out to have a heart attack. Don’t cry. On second thought, go ahead and cry. They tell me there’s no visible signs of damage to my heart. I told them they need a machine that will show heart-breaks not just heartaches. My physical organ only tells...

2017-01-29
When Daddy Goes to Work!
NEVER UNEMPLOYED! What really happens when a father goes to work? Beyond the obvious provisions and opportunities, that derive from his labor, what goes on in his work life? If he’s been effective at nurturing the wings, wisdom, and wonder of his children he has established a feeling of security....

2017-01-12
The Mission of Transformation!?
The seven truths that lead me to a life I don’t want to leave. It took over fifty years to live it out and two years to write it but today, on my sixtieth birthday, I’m happy to share my journey with you. I had to unravel a serious emotional,...

2017-01-03
Leftovers!
Image by Muffet on flickr Coming out of the holiday season, adjusting my belt to accommodate comfort, I admit to overindulging. I’m not going to complain I’m just going to get going on the physical health aspect of what I want to be in the new year. I know some...