Columnist | Outswimming the Sharks

Positive thoughts result in positive outcomes

One day, a professor announced a surprise test. He distributed a paper to each student with the front side face down. Then he asked the…

Mackay: Achievement is measured on many fronts

A scrawny old man wanted to get a job at a nearby lumberjack camp, so he approached the boss, who politely tried to talk him…


Challenges have been presented to all of us in 2020, not the least of which is the fear that life will never return to normal.It's…

Mackay: Find and use the recipe for success

A sixth-grade girl was running for the post of secretary of her school class. A major part of her campaign was a speech to be…

Mackay: The school of hard knocks

Have you ever heard the expression “seeing the elephant?” It’s an expression that came out of the California gold rush. Those planning to go west…

Mackay: The miracle of mind-set

Like millions of Americans, I watched the 10-part ESPN documentary “The Last Dance” about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. His mental toughness and mind-set…

Mackay: Welcome competition to improve, like Sid did

Sid Hartman blew away all the competitors because of his network of relationships and pure doggedness.

Mackay: The ABCs of good management

Advice that fits the bill from A to Z.

Mackay: To succeed, learn to deal with disappointment

Disappointment is part of life. It happens to everyone. To avoid being disappointed is to avoid being human.

Mackay: How to deal with hate

Experts say chronic hatred and extreme anger can add to our stress and take a toll on our physical and mental health.