“Get Your Shirley On” with tips and advice from B-ON the Obvious

This is my first blog. I have named this page “Get Your Shirley On,” in honor of my ninety something year-old coach who changed my life.

I was really having a tough time figuring out what I wanted to do with my life, and success alone was not enough. Unfortunately, I was in my early forties and didn’t have much time to get my act together. As the saying goes, “when the student is ready the teacher appears,” and for me it happened; I met Shirley. I changed the way I viewed my talents, my family, and my life in general. Shirley inspired me to get enough courage to strike out on my own to do this venture. Even though I did get a little prodding along the way, I never would have changed without her. So I dedicate my blog to you Shirley. Wherever you are in the Universe, I hope you are smiling at your student. I love you!

See some of the lessons we’ve learned over the years of being under Shirley’s wing and helping entrepreneurs like you make their vision a reality. Please enjoy the insights we share!

Trying not to try…

The phrase “go with the flow” and “being in the zone” are used interchangeably in many different industries, yet the meanings are quite different. Music/Artist-may be best captured by the great jazz performer Charlie Parker when he said, ” Don’t … Continued

Three Must Dos

The other day I was having one of those “solve the world’s problems” conversations with a friend of mine. We didn’t get the world fixed, but he did share some great insights from his 80 something year old father. I … Continued

Jet Lag and Multi-Tasking

Multi-tasking has been viewed by many as a highly-desirable skill set for the American workplace. The more things you can juggle, the more valuable you appear to the company. But if we hold multi-tasking against jet lag, the symptoms appear … Continued

Tatt So?

There’s a tattoo expo coming to town over Valentine’s Day weekend. Interesting to schedule it during a time when we identify who we love. Many people ink into (not just on) their skin the name or picture of someone they … Continued


Great things happen in the waiting time. * Seeds sprout and grow into giant trees and food to sustain us. * Wisdom pierces the thick skin of urgency. * Relationships blossom and mature. * Bodies heal, rejuvenate, and find new … Continued

If You Know What I Mean . . .

Ah yes – meaningful dialogue, persuasive arguments, pithy observations and insights…that language thing. Some days the information exchange just sings! Other days, well, you know what I mean. Or do you? How can I presume you know what I mean … Continued

Counting Coup

The First Nation warriors of the American Plains would gather around campfires and recount their acts of bravery. The stories were told by both the warrior who acted and by other members of the Tribe who noticed the act and … Continued

We Get to Make It Up

Do you realize that the twelve days of Christmas begin on December 25 and run through January 5 (or January 6, depending on your tradition)? We’ll leave it up to you to do the internet search on those details. What … Continued