To Have a Philosophy is to Live that Philosophy

As I’ve suggested in past papers, I believe that my philosophy came from my parents and the relationship I established with my older siblings.

My parents were uneducated and came from different small villages near Odesa in Ukraine. They met in the US, and the rest is history. In 1926 we lived in Chicago. During the depression, my father worked as a laborer at odd jobs, although he was trained as a Carpenter and would become a fine cabinet maker. My mom raised six children, of which I was number five. 

My mother was a tremendous caregiver who gave all of herself. No one ever went hungry whenever they visited our home. Every Friday evening, my parents went to an Odesa Club meeting where they danced (my mother loved to dance) and spoke Russian. My father was a happy observer who loved talking politics. He was a 1000% union man who went for Roosevelt. Sadly, my mother died much too early in my arms.

We never lived in a house during those days, only in 3rd-floor apartments. These never had more than three bedrooms and one shared bathroom. Naturally, problems arose from such close living, but we always worked them out. As I recall, I played a prominent role in mediating those arguments. 

My siblings, including one gem of a sister and a younger brother, liked me, and each found a way to spend time with me. I listened to them and was a willing participant in anything they suggested. 

I do firmly believe that this 18-year experience, until I went into the service, shaped me as I was and am. The rest I credit to my loving Lenette. Another miracle in my life.


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

2 thoughts on “To Have a Philosophy is to Live that Philosophy”

  1. Very interesting Sy, I was aware of some of this history and what a wonderful human being came from
    that humble beginning. Our best to Lenette.
    Love and best wishes from Ann and me.

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