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Sid’s Sense- The Pajama Lawyer

Hugh Hefner is not the only man who made his living in his pajamas.

Sidney, my 85-year-old father, settled more cases in his pajamas than he did holding a briefcase in a courtroom.  By the end of this series, Sid’s Sense, not only will you know how he did that but working from home will start to sound way more comfy than those starched shirts and high heels!

Sid has been practicing law for over 50 years.  He’ll be the first to tell you his greatest lessons were not learned in law school.  Having been a salesman, journalist in the army, liquor control officer, and restaurant owner, he learned how to handle people from a young age.  He has always been a self appointed advocate.  Conflict never causes him the agonizing uncertainty most of us struggle with in life.

First and foremost, Sidney is a teacher.  Everyone he meets is sucked into his cloud of enthusiasm and embraces his quirkiness.  One of his long time friends who lives in another city was asked who had been the most influential person in his life.  His reply, “Some people ask themselves, ‘What would Jesus do?’ but I, instead, when confronted with a challenge, often ask myself, ‘What would Sid do?’ and then I go out and do it and am glad that I did.”  Ditto from me!

I promised my readers that this blog would be about WHAT WORKS and that comes from wisdom and real life solutions.  There is no substitute for experience when it comes to being a good teacher.  This series is not about my incredible father or his endless resume.  It is about his life lessons that go well beyond normal parental territory.  He is a master of optimism and negotiation, of people handling and conflict resolution.  The best life lessons aren’t complicated.  In fact, many are common sense.  As you read these lessons ask yourself, “Do I actually DO that?”  I’ve been in the business world for nearly 25 years now and I am certain that most people don’t.  They don’t live these lessons for fear of embarrassment, a lack of confidence, fear of failure, uncertainty, or just trivializing the task.  PLEASE consider printing this series out and read each one with your children–discuss the lessons in reference to their lives and your own.  This is filled with teachable moments that will last them a lifetime.

Ever had to get your car fixed?  Ever have to negotiate a bad grade with a teacher?  Ever had a job interview?  Ever had a problem with a bill or were dissatisfied with a service you received?  How about a boss that drove you crazy?  Or your kid got into a mess and nobody can decipher what really happened?  Do you have a dream and are afraid to pursue it?  I could go on and on, but I can promise you that these life lessons apply to all of us!  If you want to truly live a FIT life, embrace these strategies, dial in your mind, and you’ll raise the bar on your own peak performance.

Heads UP! This is a 13 part series that will be posted every Tuesday.  In order to make this worth your time, I have to ask you to take your time which is a lot to ask- I know that.  This series is meant to be read in its entirety and in the order it is posted.  One lesson builds on the next which is a “no no” in the blog world but who made the rules anyhow?!  By the end you will have the confidence, perseverance, and skills to resolve any conflict, fight your own battles, be a leader, and negotiate solutions to just about any problem you face.  With practice you can master these skills.  These posts are lengthy but not without careful consideration.  It may read more like a chapter book than a blog.  I may sacrifice brevity for telling a story that brings the lesson home and makes it memorable.  I will make sure you are not disappointed.

[sneak peek message=”Stay tuned for Part II of Sid’s Sense, Inside Success.”]

"The greatest joy in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." Nelson Mandela


  1. Linda Glass #

    I am just amazed every time I read a post on your blog. I am so thrilled that you are doing “Sid’s Sense”. What a tribute to our father and all of the lessons he continues to teach us. Just WOW!

    April 6, 2012
  2. Mark L. Willens #

    I consider how fortunate and privileged I’ve been to have had access to the unabridged 56 year version of “Sid’s Sense.” I look forward to and highly recommend these thirteen installments from my sister. Rest assured, dear readers, that our father’s practical wisdom has been time-tested by many and presents a framework for tackling the trials and tribulations that life throws our way. Thanks for doing this Susan! –Mark “Son of Sid” Willens

    April 6, 2012
  3. Donna #

    Might as well add my two cents and say, I was the gal (secretary) at the other end of the spectrum tap-dancing upon a keyboard as fast as I could to transcribe the Dictaphone tapes mysteriously left upon my desk during the wee hours of a night. Who knows how Sid was dressed when he came to the office then, but it was amusing some of the sounds I heard from the background as the spoken story developed. (Was that a toilet I heard? And that marked SW2nd section is NOT a post-it-note!).

    Sid’s tapes were like mini soap operas and yet in the end, common sense ruled and copies were forwarded to numerous “Interested Citizens.” Susan, for me personally, your site will be an informative, humorous and prodigious recollection of days gone by. I only wish that those of us in service-oriented occupations (administrative assistants nowadays), could have the experience I had in working with Sid, Mark and two other attorneys. It was called positive attitude, doing what is right, being honest, let a few things pass, but never being taken advantage of. I look forward to reading what Sid’s Sense is going to disperse—and yes, that disperse was not a typo. I really do mean “scattered” material because that is how Sid made his points be known. Seems to me I remember someone saying, “We do not know what we know, until we see what we know.” I am waiting.

    April 6, 2012
  4. Lisa Creek #

    I clean Sid ‘s house and more often than not he’s working in his office in his pajamas. The few times I’ve arrived and he’s dressed I’ve wondered if everything is ok. Your Dad gave me a copy of Sid’s Sense and I’ve really enjoyed reading the variety of articles you’ve written. I like Lots of useful information!

    Lisa Creek

    August 12, 2012
    • fitskitz

      Thank you, Lisa! I appreciate having you as a reader! He sure is blessed to have you around:)

      August 13, 2012

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