9 Pieces of Wisdom

9 Pieces of Wisdom

Friday’s inauguration in the nation’s capital triggered childhood memories for some of us of the black-and-white televised image of Chief Justice Earl Warren administering the oath of office to John F. Kennedy on a frosty day in January 1961. Then the new president electrified the country with an inspiring address to do something good for the country. Along with that vivid flashback, however, comes the painful awareness of how many inaugurations I’ve since watched on television, and how times have changed.

Despite that bitter pill of unvarnished truth, January again offers a new beginning for those seeking to seize the new year to do what it takes to move one’s internal needle forward, regardless of who occupies the Oval Office, or how many of those occupants one might have lived through.

In my case, at the ripe age of 63, barring unexpected circumstances, it puts me in the midst of life’s sixth inning, approaching third base in my run around the diamond. Fortunate to have good health, looks like there’s still lots of baseball left to play, things to do, relationships to grow, yada, yada, yada. So, as the new year begins with one president leaving and another one entering the White House, and the book of aging turns another page, is there hope for a wiser perspective in 2017 than what worked pretty well last year? Maybe, but only upon creating a plan with a more informed vision.

Ah, the joy of finding and using wisdom, that endangered animal, in hopes of constructing a more enlightened mindset — but where to find that elusive critter? One fail-safe way is by drilling into the thoughts of wise people, three of whom (through their books) crossed my path in the last twelve months: business consultant Joseph Jaworski (son of legendary lawyer Leon Jaworski) in Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership; renowned family therapist Rosamund Stone Zander in Pathways to Possibility: Transforming Our Relationship with Ourselves, Each Other, and the World; and award-winning Canadian journalist Ian Brown in Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year. The following are my nine favorite pearls of wisdom that not only resonated while their books were on my lap, but have helped tweak my game plan for the new year: (READ MORE)


Speaking Engagements – Meet Talmage Boston

Talmage Boston speaks frequently at professional associations, conventions and retreats throughout the country.  His audiences leave the room recharged about their careers and inspired to reach new levels of achievement.

A Texas Monthly Super Lawyer every year since 2003, and a Best Lawyers in America every year since 2013, Talmage is the author of Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents (forward by Ken Burns, Bright Sky Press, 2016), and Raising the Bar: The Crucial Role of the Lawyer in Society (TexasBarBooks 2012).  Talmage has been a featured speaker on C-SPAN, at the National Archives, and to World Affairs Councils all over the country.

For speaking engagements or other inquiries, please contact Talmage at 214.745.5462 or tboston@winstead.com

Speech Topics:

  • ƒƒTen Commandments of Great Leadership—Based on the Performance of Our Top Presidents
  • ƒƒWhy Atticus Finch Is Still Our Role Model—Even After Go Set a Watchman
  • ƒƒWhat Leaders Can Learn About Communication and Professionalism from Abraham Lincoln
  • ƒƒWhat Leaders Can Learn About Professionalism from Atticus Finch
  • ƒƒWhat Leaders Can Learn About Negotiation and Counseling from the Career of James A. Baker, III