Baby Boomers,

Here come the Holidays and my latest version of my Baby Boomer Guidebook.  Stay focused and concentrate on having fun.

I hope you enjoy these articles from around the Baby Boomer world.

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PictureMy Dad John Lickus
I just wanted to say that I am proud to be a Baby Boomer.

We are a generation that has rocked and will continue to do so for another 15 to 20 years.

But I don't think we all have the same view of life and at times I don't think we can all relate to the same experiences that our fellow Baby Boomers have had.

Maybe the Baby Boomer generation, by definition, is too long.

fact that the Baby Boomer generation encompasses a full 18 years
covers too much history.

It covers too much change.

Did you notice that the entire past weekend we were bombarded with media campaigns telling us that Veteran's Day weekend is the best weekend of the year to buy a new car.

It's was also the best weekend of the year to buy
new furniture and appliances.

And to stock up on beer, soda and groceries.

It was best weekend of the year to go see a "blockbuster" movie.

Or, you can get yourself ready for the Holiday Season.

Really, is that what Veteran's Day has become?

You may not agree, but I feel the true meaning of why we celebrate Veteran's Day has faded over recent years.

I think this coincides with the reduction in the amount of WWI and WWII and even Korean War veterans that are still alive.

I may be wrong, but I don't think the general population today commemorates Vietnam or any modern day "wars" when celebrating Veteran's Day as much as our older veterans do regarding their involvement in the two major world wars.

It just feels like there is not the same emotion and I think part of it has to do with the wide range of years in our Baby Boomer generation.

The Baby Boomer generation was born on the coat tails of these horrible events.

Even though our generation has been involved in conflicts just as horrific as the two major world wars it just isn't the same.

Vietnam is the Baby Boomer war.

But, did you realize that there has been almost 100 separate and distinct "wars" fought on our planet since the Vietnam war?

These conflicts raged in Africa and South America and Asia and the Middle East.

They have been listed in the history books as the
Uganda Civil War, the Falklands War and the First Gulf War.

The U.S. Baby Boomer generation has been involved, one way or another in each of these conflicts.

Unlike WWI and WWII, these weren't events that catalyzed the world population in a state of global community.

They created division and discourse and conflict even among our own Baby Boomer generation.

The Vietnam war lasted for 10 years from 1965 to 1975.

It was the very first Baby Boomers who fought in that war.

Most of us born in 1956 and later were not there.

As I look back to that time, in some ways I feel cheated.

I feel a loss.

In 1974, the year I was first eligible for the draft, it ended and the U.S. converted to an all-volunteer military.

For the first time in modern history, men my age did not feel the sting of being "forced" to join the military.

I didn't volunteer for the armed services and I didn't experience a war first hand.

I don't know why I didn't join up then but now I have a sense of remorse that I didn't.

As strange as it sounds, because of this, I don't have the same sense of brotherhood that veterans experience on Veteran's Day.

I don't share their badge of honor.

I am part of the same Baby Boomer generation but not in the same way that Vietnam veterans are.

Although I never served, that doesn't mean I haven't been touched by the service and sacrifice of others.

My older brother, Steve, fought in Vietnam. 

He was born in 1951 and was a fellow Baby Boomer.

Even though we were only 5 years apart in age, our experiences as Baby Boomers were completely different.

He fought for his country.

I did not.

But, I think I understand the commitment he made to our country.

Maybe, it's that commitment that makes us different.

Maybe, it's that commitment that defines Veteran's Day differently for us.

Veteran's Day really highlights the fact that the boundaries of our Baby Boomer generation need to be redefined.

Still, serving your country, going to war, being a patriot, flying the American flag and standing with your hand over your heart during the National Anthem has always meant something deep and compelling to me.

How about you?

Baby Boomers,

One of the strangest things that has happened to me as I have gotten older is realizing that my time is limited.

I really can't remember when I first began realizing this fact but it wasn't too long ago.

As dismal as this may sound it really has a silver lining.

Knowing and accepting the fact that my future is finite has driven me to focus on two things:                                  

1. Removing those things in my life that are senseless and non-productive


Concentrating on what's most important in life.

The first action has been relatively easy to correct.

We all know what negatively effects our lives.

It can be a bad habit like smoking, an unhealthy relationship, a dead end job or a disparaging circle of friends.

We know what needs to be done to correct these issues.

But the second course of action has taken some time to come to terms with.

Actually, it still continues to weave itself into my daily routine.

I am still not really sure what my priorities should be.

There is still some doubt surrounding my decisions.

This isn't a negative though.

In fact, concentrating on and really trying to explore what is important in life has been an uplifting and gratifying experience so far.

There is a certain degree of satisfaction knowing that you are truly attempting to experience life instead of just letting your life run you.

There is also a deeper connection to your fellow man knowing that there are many more Baby Boomers among us struggling with and finding peace with this debate.

That being said, one of the avenues I chose to explore was what do people on their death beds consider the biggest regrets in their lives?

I would think that there would be such an incredible level of clarity at this final point in our life that there would be no room for doubt or fear.

Believe it or not, there are incredible amounts of articles and a profusion of lists written by folks in the final
stages of life.

It is interesting that most of them shared a very similar picture of disappointment, remorse and even apology for what they considered the shortcomings in their lives.

Using the direction and advice from these folks, I have put together what I consider my primary life "Honey Do" list.

I bring you quick and simple solutions to what I consider the "Top 10 Regrets of Life."

By realizing that so many people have acknowledged these shortcomings in their lives, I can use them to target what truly needs to be done to make my life complete.

If you choose, so can you.

       Changing The Top Ten Regrets in Life

Find the strength to do what you want. 
Don't be afraid to do things. Fear can paralyze us, but we can’t let it. Never be afraid of taking a big risk  (especially in love). Taking a bigger risk can pay off more than taking a smaller one.

Make physical fitness a priority. As you get older you’ll realize how important it is to take care of your body.  Maintaining a healthy body as you get older gives you the best chance of reaching your maximum potential.

Spend time with your loved ones first.  This includes both family and friends.  Some people get caught up with work, move to other parts of the world, grow old with grudges against family members only to realize their priorities were in the wrong place.  We are all on this earth for a limited amount of time, don’t take the granted for granted.

Tell everyone that needs to be told “I love you.” It doesn't have to be in those words but loving another person is a precious gift.  Again, don't let time run out on you and don't be afraid.  You probably spent your entire youth being self-absorbed. There is more to the world than just you.

Travel why you have the chance.  Traveling gets harder as you get older.  Physically, it's harder to do and at our age more and more people depend on your presence.  When the opportunity presents itself, take it.  Explore the world.

Distance yourself from all bad relationships. It may hurt to end a bad relationship, but it’s not as painful and damaging as staying in it and wasting everyone’s time. Be humane and use common sense in your decisions but you need to clarify who goes and who remains in your life.

Start moving faster.   Don’t hesitate when making decisions.  Your have a lifetime of experience and intuition to guide you now.  Don't waste your time on details.  Again, your time is limited so accomplish what needs to be done. 

If you don't like your job then quit. I know you have financial obligations to meet and people rely on you for support but don't allow yourself to b miserable every day.  If you are taking these priorities seriously, you will find a way to support yourself by doing something that is fulfilling and you enjoy.  There is no sense in working so much to reach someone else's goals.. You’re going to miss the good parts of life, or be too stressed to enjoy them.

Learn how to cook.  Then cook a lot even if it's just one signature meal.  Cooking embraces life.  It brings family and friends together.  Forgive the pun but it adds spice to life.

Experience the arts.  Whether it's seeing your favorite aging rock bands, world class symphony, ballet, opera, art showings or visiting museums experience the best life has to offer.  Do it everywhere you travel.  Do it with family and friends.

What do you think?

Would these serve as a good template for prioritizing what is important in your life?

I know each of you out there have your own personal regrets and priorities and I would love to hear them.

Please post them in the comments below.

If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

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Baby Boomers,

Yes, it's Halloween.  What is Halloween all about?

It's not just all about candy and crazy costumes.  Halloween is about being scared.

Have you ever been to a haunted house or the recently popular "Fear Farms?"

Average people like you and I are shelling out big bucks to get the "sh*t" scared out of them.

And it works.

Modern technology is so good that the once rubber faced Frankensteins  and ax wielding doctors spattered in red food coloring have evolved into incredibly realistic blood drenched executioners and evil mutated subhuman monsters that, up until now, have only lived deep within our worst nightmares.


So why do we love to be scared?

Experts believe that we get intense physical pleasure when our hearts race, we breathe more intensely, sweat more and our stomachs turn upside down.

We feel increasingly stronger and more powerful physically when our hormones, especially Adrenalin course through our systems.

Maybe it goes back to the dark days of our human origins.

Life back then was scary.

Everything that moved was either trying to eat us or kill us.

If prehistoric man survived a close call they felt a hugely gratifying survival sensation.

So maybe today's humans experience a similar satisfaction when they have conquered and mastered something threatening. 

We walk through the front door of a haunted house not knowing what to expect and ready to face our deepest fears.

If we make it through without wetting ourselves, we experience an intense personal satisfaction that we conquered a fear we had long hidden from.

But did you know that being scared can be funny too?

Well, just watch the slideshow below for proof.

I ran across an article by Beverly Jenkins on one of my favorite websites called "About."

Beverly is a wonderfully funny author with a background in television news and streaming media production.

She is currently a freelance writer and the author of two web-based humor books.  

She co-wrote her first book, Crap I Bought on eBay (Running Press), in 2011, and her second book, Photobombed! (Sourcebooks), hit the shelves in September 2012.

Beverly writes about the Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls, Canada who have been scaring the pants off of their visitors brave enough to set foot inside their creepy live action haunted house for years.  

The coolest part of this attraction is that they were clever enough to set up a rolling video camera inside a particularly hair-raising section of the haunted house.  

The resulting shots of the completely terrified patrons are hilarious.

Check out some of the very best of the Nightmares Fear Factory photos.

You may wet your pants just like the unfortunate patrons, but in your case it will be from laughter.

Happy Halloween Everyone !!

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Baby Boomers,

In the hopes of being your first choice when looking for up to date news, information and events that support our Baby Boomer generation I am starting a new weekly "newspaper" called "The Baby Boomer Guidebook."  

This snifty little concept comes from an internet platform called "Paper.li" that brings me the ability to write and develop stories for you in a familiar print style medium with all of the benefits of a social media website.

The Paper.li website gives me access to an ever-expanding universe of articles, blog posts, and rich media content that I can share with you. This content comes from more than 250 million social media posts each day, where it is extracted & analyzed from over 25 million articles.

Amazing huh?  The best of the best in fresh, relevant weekly content brought to you..... my favorite Baby Boomer audience weekly.

This weeks articles include discussions on topics including "The Effects of Baby Boomers on Society," "Baby Boomer Philanthropy" and "Baby Boomer Housing."  

These articles come from some of the top Baby Boomer websites including "Senior Housing Business.com," "Huffington Post.com" and "Boomer Places.com."

I truly hope you enjoy them.

I hope everyone enjoyed the first edition of my guidebook.  If there are particular articles or websites that you like to visit and you feel they would add to the fun and usefulness of my newspaper, then please let me know about them in the comments section below.

If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

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Baby Boomers,

If you have been following my website for any length of time you know that I like to spice things up by adding articles from real experts.  I have quite a few virtual friends that I have met across the country and most of these folks are highly regarded professionals in their fields. 

Not like me, huh?

Now, when it comes to being a Baby Boomer expert, I will be the first one to toot my own horn and shout to the world that I know a lot of things and I learn more everyday but in many cases I am nothing more than just the delivery boy.  I am not a Baby Boomer expert (yet), nor have not played one on television (yet).

So that's why, on certain topics, I turn to my panel of experts to bring you the best possible information.  I have a commitment to bring you expert advice on the most important topics affecting your life as we creep towards retirement.
Well, in my internet travels I have come to know an exceptional businessman, William Noonan, that has just the experience and expert advice we need when it comes to our personal financial planning.

William is a Financial Advisor with "Ameriprise Financial" in San Diego.  I first met William at the AARP "Ideas at 50+" Expo in San Diego.  William has been kind enough to accept my offer to be a resident adviser on all things financial on my blog.  Thanks to William, I will be bringing you articles and blogs, from time to time, that cover financial issues that are important to you.

Other than your health, your financial state has the single most direct effect on your personal enjoyment and comfort you experience as you grow older.

That being said, do you remember when life was simple and the only battle we fought was the "Battle of the Sexes?"  You know:  Men can do this and women can do that and women are always right and women are smarter than men.   The whole Bobby Riggs vs. Billie Jean King thing.  Well, as us Baby Boomers got older we find ourselves embroiled in even deeper controversies.  These disagreements range from whether or not the polar ice caps are melting to whether or not there are really aliens hiding in New Mexico.  It's complicated now-a-days, isn't it?

Are you a Democrat or a Republican?  Do you watch "The Voice" or "American Idol"?  Chrome vs. Internet Explorer?   Donald Trump's hair....Real or Alien?  You get my point. 

Well, one of the newest battles has sprung up right on our own front porch - Who's better....."Baby Boomers" or "Millennials?"

Recently, William wrote an interesting article to see how much we know about this new battle.  It's an intriguing look at the differences in these two generations from a financial perspective.  Let's see what William has to say............

Millennials vs. Boomers: How Wide Is the Gap?
By William Noonan

When it comes to finances, there may not be as much difference between Baby Boomers and Millennials as you might expect.
  • Texting vs. email (or even snail mail). 
  • "Angry Birds" vs. "Monopoly." 
  • "The Theory of Everything" vs. "The Sound of Music." 
  • "Dancing with the Stars" vs. "American Bandstand."

It's no secret that there are a lot of differences between Baby Boomers, born between 1946-1964, and Millennials, who were generally born after 1980 (though there is disagreement over the precise time frame for millennials). But when it comes to finances, there may not be as much difference in some areas as you might expect. 

See if you can guess which generation is more likely to have made the following statements:

       Boomer or Millennial?

1) I have enough money to lead the life I want, or believe I will in the future.

2) My high school degree has increased my potential earning power.

3) I rely on my checking account to pay for my day-to-day purchases.

4) I consider myself a conservative investor.

5) Generally speaking, most people can be trusted.

6) I'm worried that I won't be able to pay off the debts that I owe.

The answers:

1) Millennials. 

According to a 2014 survey by the Pew Research Center, Millennials were more optimistic about their finances than any other generational cohort, including Baby Boomers. Roughly 85% of Millennials said they either currently had enough to meet their financial needs or expected to be able to live the lives they want in the future; that's substantially higher than the 60% of Boomers who said the same thing. 
Although a higher percentage of Boomers--45%--said they currently have enough to meet their needs, only 32% of Millennials felt they had enough money right now, though another 53% were hopeful about their financial futures. 

Source: "Millennials in Adulthood," Pew Research Center, 2014

2) Boomers. 

The ability of a high school education to provide an income has dropped since the Boomers' last senior prom, while a college education has never been more valuable. In 1979, the typical high school graduate's earnings were 77% of a college graduate's; in 2013, Millennials with a high school diploma earned only 62% of what a college graduate did. And 22% of Millennials with only a high school degree were living in poverty in 2013; back in 1979, the figure for Boomers at that age was 7%. 

Source: "The Rising Cost of Not Going to College," Pew Research Center, 2014

3) Boomers. 

Not surprisingly, Millennials are far more likely than Boomers to use alternative payment methods for day-to-day expenses. A study by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation found that Millennials are almost twice as likely as Boomers to use prepaid debit cards (31% compared to 16% of boomers). They're also more than six times as likely to use mobile payment methods such as Apple Pay or Google Wallet; 13% of Millennials reported using mobile methods, while only 2% of Boomers had done so. 

Source: "The Financial Capability of Young Adults--A Generational View," FINRA Foundation Financial Capability Insights, FINRA Investor Education Foundation, 2014

4) Millennials. 

You might think that with thousands of Baby Boomers retiring every day, the Boomers might be the cautious ones. But in one survey of U.S. investors, only 31% of Boomers identified themselves as conservative investors. By contrast, 43% of Millennials described themselves as conservative when it came to investing. The survey also found that Millennials outscored Boomers on whether they wanted to leave money to their children (40% vs. 25%) and in wanting to improve their understanding of investing (44% vs. 38%). 

Source: Accenture, "Generation D: An Emerging and Important Investor Segment," 2013

5) Boomers. 

Millennials may have been around the track fewer times than Boomers have, but their experiences seem to have given them a more jaundiced view of human nature. In the Pew Research "Millennials in Adulthood" survey, only 19% of Millennials said most people can be trusted; with Boomers, that percentage was 31%. However, Millennials were slightly more upbeat about the future of the country; 49% of Millennials said the country's best years lie ahead, while only 44% of Boomers agreed.

6) Millennials. 

However, the difference between the generations might not be as significant as you might think. In the FINRA Foundation financial capability study, 55% of Millennials with student loans said they were concerned about being able to pay off their debt. That's not much higher than the 50% of Boomers who were worried about debt repayment.

So, did you get all of the answers right?  At the very least, these statistics shed a very interesting light on two very different generations especially when you are talking about our money and finances.   I'm just amazed that us Baby Boomers are so much more upbeat about our futures, especially after the beating we took during the  "Great Recession."

It reminds me of the song from Timbuk3 - "The Future's so Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades."

What do you think?

If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

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PictureTom Brady
Baby Boomers,

The NFL Football season is in full swing and all I can say is..........Tom Brady is a "STUD."  Here's why.......So far, 5 games into the 2015 season he has:

139 completion of 197 pass attempts .  That's over a 70% completion rate.  He has almost 1,700 yards passing.  At that rate he will total over 5400 yards in the air for the season.  He has 14 passing touchdowns. He could hit 50 by year's end.  He only has 1 interception and that was a bobble/deflection by his receiver.  His QB rating is over 118 the highest in the league.  And the man is 38 years old...38 years old.  He's almost a Baby Boomer.

Is that "STUD" status or what.  Fortunately for the New England Patriots, Tom is not an average male.  Unfortunately for us average Baby Boomers, we have a difficult time comparing ourselves to him.  

Do you remember my article on "The Average American 50+ Year Old Male?"  Or, how about my follow up article called"The Average American Male II?"  Probably not, huh?  These will give you a pretty good idea how you shape up against the rest of the U.S. male population...the "average" U.S. male population.  Well, why don't you click on the links and get caught up?  

So, as Baby Boomer males can we compare ourselves to the average U.S athlete? Can we compare ourselves to Tom Brady?  Heck no.  Why not you ask.  Well, Thanks to my friends at PsychGuides.com  we can now find out why.  These wonderful experts have taken the basics of my research to a new and different level.  They have executed some intensive studies on the average male body of the average athlete. 

Interesting idea, huh?  here's what they found out...............

PictureTom Brady

"Professional athletes have come to represent the pinnacle of physical ability, serving as a cultural image of performance and physique. With millions watching sporting events, these body ideals have been planted firmly in the mainstream’s consciousness. But what happens when these examples inspire behavior that goes beyond what’s healthy in pursuit of the perfect body?

When it comes to eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, male sufferers of such conditions have historically been a less-studied group. Yet about one in four people struggling with eating disorders are men – and there are likely more who are reluctant to seek assistance due to embarrassment or stigma. Just as women’s eating disorders are often influenced by cultural and media beauty standards, men’s disordered eating habits and body image concerns can be affected by images idealizing peak fitness and muscularity. Rather than simply trying to lose weight, many male sufferers of eating disorders are instead focused on attempting to gain muscle while shedding fat, in pursuit of a body reflecting these promoted ideals. But in trying to attain such a body, men may engage in dangerous eating behaviors and other habits that can put their health at risk.

So just how much do these images of pro athletes diverge from the average man’s body? How far would men have to go to get the physiques of sports stars? We compiled statistics from the NFL, MLB, NBA, and other major sports leagues to determine the average body size of players in each field and compared them to the body sizes of men around the world. Read on to learn about the dangerous lengths men would have to go to make these ideals a reality.

Because of the basic differences in athletic abilities needed for various sports, each sport averages a different body type standard. For instance, NBA players had the highest average height out of any sport, at a staggering 79.2 inches – 5 inches more than the runner-up, NFL players. And NFL players had the greatest average weight at 246.9 pounds, nearly 25 pounds more than the average NBA player. In terms of body mass index (BMI), a relationship between height and weight that does not take into account body fat percentage, NFL players had the highest BMI of all at 31.5, while pro tennis players had the lowest at 22.8.

Due to the diversity of these body types, each can have a very different impact on men’s body anxieties as well – especially on male athletes themselves. The average man has a BMI of 26.66 and a weight of 181.9 pounds and would have to gain a substantial amount of weight, largely in muscle, to approach the most common body types in the NFL and NBA. Muscle dysmorphia, a condition of men who continually believe they aren’t muscular enough, has been described as a “reverse anorexia.” This condition can be characterized by an unhealthy preoccupation with frequently working out and a highly regimented diet focused on gaining weight. Sufferers of muscle dysmorphia may experience depression and anxiety as well as a serious impact on their work and social life; they may also engage in steroid abuse in order to achieve a highly muscular body shape.

The struggle to achieve a perfect physical ideal can give rise to body dysmorphia, disordered eating, purge behaviors including excessive exercise, and abuse of pharmaceuticals that include laxatives and stimulants, or illicitly obtained anabolic steroids. Ultimately, this quest has very little to do with health – a fact made evident as one’s mental and physical well-being quickly fall by the wayside. If eating disorders and their related consequences are challenging your attempts to lead a normal and healthy life, call 1-888-366-2335. Treatment support advisors are available to provide more information about recovery options.

                           The Average Man

In addition to the significant variation between body types of athletes in different sports, the average man’s BMI varies substantially around the world. For instance, while men in the U.S. have an average BMI of 28.6 and a weight of 195.5 pounds, men in Japan have a BMI of only 23.5 and a weight of 151.51 pounds. It’s important to note that the data displayed in this table are not always directly comparable due to varying sample sizes, ages, and years collected. Although eating disorders have been historically uncommon in non-Western nations, these conditions may be on the rise globally due to the influence of Western media’s body images, and national variation in body sizes may put many men at an even greater disadvantage when seeking to match these ideals.                                                                                        

                           Comparing the Two

Professional sport is all about the extremes of physical ability, and we analyzed the stats of U.S. pro sports players to identify the biggest, smallest, and most average players. As you might expect, the tallest players overall were from the NBA, with Alexis Ajinca and Roy Hibbert tied at 7 feet 2 inches. Meanwhile, the shortest were golfer Ryan Haller and UFC fighter Gary Padilla, both at an even 5 feet 0 inches. The heaviest player amongst all major league sports was the NFL’s Daniel McCullers at 352 pounds, while the lightest would fall into the UFC’s flyweight class at 125 pounds.

However, we also looked at the athletes who most closely aligned with the BMI, height, and weight of the average man. Among the NBA, the “most average” player is Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas at 5 feet 9 inches and 185 pounds, while Olympic athlete Marquise Goodwin is the most typical among the NFL.

Height, Weight, and BMI of Athletes in the NFL,                                 NBA, MLB, and NHL

Using the stats of every player in the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL, we charted individual body sizes throughout these four major leagues to see which patterns emerged. As we’ve seen, NFL players tend toward greater weight and higher BMI, whereas NBA players show a greater height than any other sport. However, we can see that in comparison, MLB players tend to be both shorter and less heavy, and NHL players typically have even smaller body sizes. These are sports where the extremes of height or weight provide less of an inherent advantage to players, who must rely on other skills and abilities.

                                   Average Baseball Players’ Sizes Over Time

One notable sport for which pro players remain relatively close to the average man’s BMI is major league baseball. The popular national pastime featured players with an average BMI of 26.54 in 1998, 27.21 in 2010, and 27.86 in 2015, approaching the average U.S. man’s average BMI of 28.6. But while many men would be able to meet these size standards, it’s an altogether different matter whether they could achieve the same physique, and these ideals can worsen the body dissatisfaction that can contribute to eating disorders.

Men are influenced, perhaps more than ever, by media depiction of an athletic body ideal but are given little in the way of healthful guidance in how to approximate it. Left to their own devices, many people opt for methods that are anything but healthy. If you find yourself locked in an unhealthy struggle to change your body and fell you may already be suffering the mental and physical consequences, call 1-888-366-2335 – speak in confidence about your issues with someone who can provide helpful information about eating disorder and other treatment programs.

                Collegiate Athletes Compared to the Pros

It’s not just the average man whose physique is far from that of major league players. Even the average collegiate basketball and football players don’t match the body size of NBA and NFL athletes. The average NCAA basketball player is still almost 3 inches shorter than the average NBA player, and almost 18 pounds lighter. And the typical NFL player is 23 pounds heavier than the average NCAA football player. Male athletes actually face some of the highest risks of eating disorders and unhealthy body image. These athletes are subject to pressures to perform, constant evaluation and scrutiny of their abilities, and the weight limits inherent to their sport. These pressures can lead to body dissatisfaction, influencing the development of disordered eating behaviors and excessive exercise.

     Average Sizes by Position of Collegiate and Pro Athletes
We also looked at the body size statistics for different positions among NCAA basketball and football players. As you might expect, basketball players trend toward a greater height, while football players trend toward higher weights. Similarly, BMI tended to be greater among football players than basketball players. The overall tallest body sizes are occupied by center and forward/center positions in basketball, both exceeding 6 feet 8 inches on average. In NCAA football, the heaviest body size is that of the offensive lineman, who weighs an average of over 280 pounds.
When we analyzed the typical body sizes among different positions in the NBA and NFL, the trend of increased body size in the major leagues became even clearer. As with NCAA basketball players, centers and power forwards remain the top NBA players by average height – but NBA centers are an average of 6 feet 11 inches. NFL players also exceed the average body size of NCAA football players, with pro offensive linemen weighing over 300 pounds on average. These substantial differences further illustrate pressures of body size and shape on collegiate athletes who face fierce competition to reach the major leagues.

                              Eating Disorders Among Collegiate Athletes

Make no mistake: The pressures of an ideal athletic image can be actively damaging to health. A recent study has revealed that male collegiate athletes engage in unhealthy and dangerous weight control behaviors at staggering rates.

In the study, 16.7 percent of players reported binge eating at least once a week, and 6.5 percent induced vomiting at least two to three times a month. In addition, 7.9 percent used laxatives once a week, and 4.5 percent used diuretics once a week – with 23.3 percent of athletes in sports with weight classes reporting binge eating two to three times a month. Vomiting and other purging behaviors can lead to digestive problems, tooth erosion, esophageal inflammation, and electrolyte imbalance that can cause arrhythmia and even death. In the pursuit of a “perfect” figure, these athletes risk severely harming their bodies and their health.

Seeking Help for Eating Disorders and Body DissatisfactionMen face a variety of social pressures to attain an ideal, trim, muscular image, and these influences can push them to an unhealthy extreme. If getting fit has turned into a harmful compulsion, know that help is available.. Professional assistance as part of a tailored treatment program has helped many regain control of their lives and health. Visit PsychGuides.com today – peruse our informational pages and/or utilize our state treatment directories to find the help you need to achieve the well-being you deserve."

Crazy interesting stuff, huh?  I will have to check if any studies have been done on the average "senior" or "Baby Boomer" athletes.  Make sure to check out the ton of other great articles at http://www.psychguides.com/

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Baby Boomers,

Go ahead and Google or Bing the phrase “Top 10 Business Books” and you get nearly 1.8 Trillion returns.

That in itself leads you to realize that this is an extremely important subject on this planet. 

Everybody who is somebody from Forbes and Huffington Post to bloggers like Fernando Biz and Nicola Cairncross have chimed in at one point over the past few years to list for you what they feel are the pivotal reads in the world of success and entrepreneurship.

There is definitely no shortage of websites that have found it important to let the world know that there are at least 10 critical books that you need to read that will influence your way of thinking, make you a better person and give you the drive, direction and determination to become a business, financial and personal success in your lifetime.

So why in the hell would I think that I have anything else to offer on this subject?

Because, my fellow Survive55 followers if you are already following my blog over the past 15 months and you find what I have to say (at times) interesting and helpful then you have to realize that we are cut from the same metal.

No,  we are not Steve Jobs or Marc Andreessen or Warren Buffet  but we want to be the next Salman Kahn, E.L.James or Julien Smith.

As we begin living in our 50’s we have reached an impasse in our lives that involves great decisions and risk and we are all looking for something that will make us whole and satisfied and complete as we enter our retirement years. 

This involves the basic tenants of financial security, working at a job/profession/skill that we love and making sure that we are truly going to make an impact on our worlds and leave, at least, a small yet important legacy for the future.

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You might ask yourself: " Jay, where does your credibility come from?"

Well, although I may not be on the radar for Time magazine’s top 100 most influential people of the past 100 years I still have done a decent job building a pretty solid resume.

I started in college by building and running my own service business (remember there was no internet back then) which I sold off to join the corporate world.

Through the years, I successfully worked my way through a series of management and sales positions (considered the easiest job you make no money at or the toughest job you make lots of money at) spending the last 15 years in middle management positions with a couple of Fortune 200 companies.

And all of this time I have read.

I love to read and I love to learn.

I have read most of the books on the Forbes and Time Magazine and Huffington Post "must read” business books lists.

I have books in my office, in my bedroom, in the study and even in my bathroom.

My philosophy is to not waste time so, if all else fails, then read.

That being said, I will share my list with you not so much as the consummate authority on which books are the best ever written on the subject but to offer you some insight from someone just like you.

You wont be a failure if you don’t read these books and you won’t become a success either just by reading them.

That comes from within.

My hope is that you take what you read in these books and build an entire life success path from their teachings.

But, I would be just as satisfied to know that you found at least one lesson or idea from just one of these books and you used it for a few months or even a couple of years to better yourself.

If I can take just one idea and implement it to become more successful then that is money well spent.

Most of these books have changed my way of  thinking, given me strength to take risks I never would have and some have given me specific knowledge on how to improve my "under nourished" life skills that I was not using to their potential previously. 

Each book I read allowed me to grow in different ways.

This list is in reverse order with the most influential book being listed last.

Here is Jay Lickus'

Top 10 Greatest Business Books of All Time

I hope you enjoy them.

10. Hard Sell (2005) by Jamie Reidy is the best example of how not to learn by example. 

Reidy writes about his experiences as a pharmaceutical sales rep during the time when Viagra exploded on the drug scene. 

His humorous look at big drug corporations and the ways in which their sales reps spent more time trying to work less is a testament to the fact that perception is not always reality. 

9. Crush It! (2009) by Gary Vaynerchuck has a raw inspiration for driving you to believe in what you do and making sure that you enjoy yourself as you pursue your true passion in life. 

This was one of the key books in my decision to finally launch my own website and blog. 

Gary writes in a “no excuses” style as he takes you through developing your own “brand,” building support communities, marketing your passion and most importantly making money while you are at it.

8.  Outliers - The Story of Success (2008) by Malcolm Gladwell

I wish I thought like Malcolm Gladwell. 

This book launched the notion of taking 10,000 hours to get good at something. 

Malcolm looks at success in a completely different (yet factual) way summarizing that it is achieved through a combination of intelligence (both IQ and emotional intelligence), luck (opportunities and timing), cultural context and hard work (the much-reported 10,000 hours).

 I have read all of Malcolm Gladwell’s books (Blink, The Tipping Point, What the Dog Saw, David and Goliath) and recommend them all.

7. Jack Straight From the Gut (2001) by Jack Welch

If you want to learn about the world of big business why not learn from the best Jack Welch, former CEO of GE for 20 years. 

This is a straight forward exercise on his rise to power, the pitfalls he encountered, the mistakes he made and the business systems that he forged and built. 

No one can ever talk about modern business without referring back to his "Six Sigma" process, the “boundary less” leadership style and his “give and take” decision making style that centered around his intense focus on people.

6. In Business As In Life – You Don’t Get What You Deserve, You Get What You Negotiate (1996) by Chester L. Karrass

This book is built upon the foundation created by his previous two books “The Negotiating Game” and “Give and Take” as well as the world renowned Karrass Negotiation Seminars. 

The title says it all. 

I read all three books and took both levels of the Karrass Negotiation Seminars. 

There isn’t a business or person decision I make now without utilizing something I have learned from this man. 

Whether it’s striving for a “Win-Win solution, handling deadlocks or negotiating for long-term goals I am constantly using the tools and techniques I gained through his instruction.

5. The 4-Hour Workweek (2007) by Tim Ferriss has got to be the ‘bible’ for those looking to live more and work less, leave the corporate rat race, become location independent and/or fund the lifestyle you have been dreaming about. 

This is a nuts and bolts approach to building a business that works for you and not the other way around. 

When you read this book you will realize that it’s not so much about working 4 hours a week but creating a business and lifestyle where you direct what happens as opposed to being pushed along by what happens. 

There are a multitude of practical tips and case studies that help you reinvent how you should do business from ecommerce shortcuts to outsourcing repetitive tasks to taking frequent "mini-retirements."

This book remains on my desk still today and I refer to it constantly for direction.

4. The Little Red Book of Selling (2004) by Jeffrey Gitomer

In my opinion, Jeffrey Gitomer is the guru of sales. 

This book as well as his entire “Little Book" series is a must have sales book for anyone working as a sales person or aspiring to become one.

It is loaded with small bite-sized pieces of expert "how to sell" information and sales techniques that inspire and encourage the reader to become the expert in sales as well as in the industry in which they sell for.

It is an excellent refresher for the seasoned sales person. 

This sales book is such an easy read, although it is not something that you will read in one sitting.

If there is such a thing as a "devotional" for sales, then the Little Red Book of Selling would be that book.

As I read through it, almost each chapter (if not every page) encourages the reader to stop and think.

It gets the wheels of the imagination turning on how to improve and master the sales techniques that you are now using or if you are a beginner in sales, it turns the light on to what you should be doing to succeed.

This is one book that I would not pass by.

Having this on your bookshelf will be a key sales tool that will be referred to again and again.

3. The Art of Strategy (1988) by R.L. Wing 

This is, in my opinion, the best in a long line of books translating the strategies and tactics outlined in the classic “The Art of War” by the Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu

This is a book that needs to be reread every couple of years. 

The Art of War touches all aspects of life not just business. 

Sun Tzu believed that victory (in any circumstance) is won long before confrontation and insisted that a skilled warrior (businessman, sales person, etc.) observes, calculates, outwits and outmaneuvers his adversaries averting the destruction and fall out from direct battle. 

This translation by R.L. Wing is a clean and crisp direct translation of the original 13 “Chapters” written by Sun Tzu which lends itself to the original harmony and rhythm of the words and philosophies.

2. Think and Grow Rich (Original 1937) by Napoleon Hill

This is the single best selling personal success book of all times. 

It is a “must Read”. 

I have given copies to my entire family as gifts. 

Every chapter and every paragraph outlines the basic money making practices of over 500 extremely wealthy people that Napoleon Hill analyzed and examined over long periods of time. 

This book outlines the “secret” to success which is really no secret at all.

Think like the rich…..think how you can be rich……think, think, think. 

If you are clueless as to how to become successful in your life then read this book and convince yourself that you can be successful.


1.    The Little Engine That Could (Original 1930) by Watty Piper. 

You will probably never find this book listed on anyone else’s top 10 best business books or any other top 10 books list. 

I don’t know why since it brings to life in a most simplistic way the single most important lesson to be learned by anyone that wants or needs to be successful. 

Even before reading all of the proceeding 9 books, if you don’t master the wisdom of “I think I Can” then everything else is fruitless.  

I realize that it is a child’s book but the message is ageless. 

If you have made a decision to change your life, master your future and experience your life to the fullest then start with reading this book.

I knew you could !!!

So there you have it, my Top 10 Greatest Business books of all times. 

Did you notice that a great majority of these books are not only platforms to improve your business skills but your life skills as well?

If you don’t become the best person you can be then your business and financial success will never be the best either.

I am sure that everyone who reads this list has read books that have changed their lives and redirected their business strategies.

I would love to hear your choices.

Please add them to my comments section below so I can share them with everyone else.

If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

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