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What do you learn from others?

What do you learn from others?

What do you learn from others? In other words, where do you get your stories? Stories that are worth telling others. Meaningful encounters are so much more than small talk. Talk. Ask questions. Real questions. Not “how’s it going?” with no real intent to find out. Go...

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The Law of Unintended Consequences

The Law of Unintended Consequences

The Law of Unintended Consequences   Ever heard of it? In simple terms, a single change in a complex system will have a ripple effect, or consequences, downstream. The changes can be both positive or negative and the ones that we didn’t anticipate are considered...

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The Agony of da Feet!

The Agony of da Feet!

Do you have back pain? A lot of people do. Mine wasn’t as bad 3 weeks ago as it is today. I’ve done a LOT of walking (probably 4 to 5 miles a day) as I’m in the process of building my legs back up after a couple of weeks of being on the road and driving a lot. The...

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You can’t win ’em all

You can’t win ’em all

Playing the hand you’re dealt doesn’t mean you’ll win. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes you have a really good hand and get beat by someone with a better hand. Sometimes you win with a hand you shouldn’t have. It all depends on how you play what you’re...

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It’s all about perspective

It’s all about perspective

Well, which is it? 1/2 full or 1/2 empty? The answer is all about perspective. Recently, I poured a 1/2 of glass of orange juice for my youngest daughter and she completely threw a fit. She was in no frame of mind to be short-changed as her heart wanted a full glass!...

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Why is he going so slow?

Why is he going so slow?

My daughter pulled out and onto a highway the other day as we had about a 15 minute drive to get back home. She quickly accelerated only to find herself hitting the brakes within seconds as the car directly in front of her got super close, super quick. “Yo! Let’s go!...

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The Growth Spiral

The Growth Spiral

What if the proverbial ladder of success wasn’t really a ladder at all?And, that we all have our own? I’m starting to think the ladder of success as a ladder of growth and man, it’s quite the sight.

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What’s the point of Christmas?

What’s the point of Christmas?

Okay, I'd love some input. We got into a heated discussion the other night about Christmas . "What is the point of Christmas?" I asked . "It's about Jesus!" one of them said . "Can't have Christmas without Christ!" another said . "Great marketing spin", I said,...

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The perfect coffee cup

The perfect coffee cup

I now have the perfect coffee cup! This morning, for no reason at all, our black cat (the mischievous one) walked by my coffee on the counter, looked at it, tilted his head back and forth, and then proceeded to “help it get over it’s fear of heights.” Although I was...

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Were things better when things were worse?

Were things better when things were worse?

“Everything was better when everything was worse” I heard this in a Ted talk once (the paradox of choice) and it stuck with me... so here’s my take. The reason things were better when things were worse was that when things were worse, we expected that they were bad...

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The true reflection of one’s self

The true reflection of one’s self

To see the true reflection of one’s self (oneself?), one must have a calmness equal to that in nature.   Only when the conditions are right can we clearly see a mirrored image of the true reality to be seen.   It’s these truths that bring inner peace and, often,...

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Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Quiet introspection may just be one of my most utilized self-examination tools of 2020.   Come to think of it, I’m not sure what other self-examination tools I use.   Maybe a bathroom mirror? A looking glass? Photos?   Yeah, no, it’s the introspection that wins.   I...

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This could have ended so differently

This could have ended so differently

This was the exact moment we got home yesterday and, while taking a deep breath, I realized just how fortunate we’d been.   I shared a small part of the story yesterday, but it really didn’t capture the whole story and what made it a good one.   And, it’s a worthwhile...

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Fog vs. Clarity in our lives

Fog vs. Clarity in our lives

I’m impressed with how clear this picture is compared to what I just saw with a naked eye.  I could barely make out the telephone pole and, though I probably should wear glasses when reading, I don’t have any trouble seeing things at a distance.  I took this picture...

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Struggles we don’t understand…

Struggles we don’t understand…

This was quite the turn of events...   34 minutes before my eldest daughter’s tee-time in the opening round of the High School State Championship...   I had just finished working with her at the range and we were about to head to the putting green as we had a lot to...

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Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

I had a lengthy conversation with my family the other day about keeping track of lessons in all we do. You see, I was fortunate enough to be a part of some fascinating teams at Raytheon, EDS & the VA and also in some of the small businesses I've been a part of. One of...

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Intent matters (be careful out there)

Intent matters (be careful out there)

Rarely do I have an empty back seat. I carry a lot of people and drive a LOT. Yesterday, I made a quick trip, alone, to the nearest gas station and I had my windows down. It’s a small 4 pump BP station and I just wanted to fill up a 5-gallon gas can that I had with...

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A problem worth solving

A problem worth solving

“Now that’s a problem worth solving!” Solving problems is how I spend most of my time so it’s no surprise that a picture like this (with my ‘analyze then solve’ face) surfaces. And, it’s where I get the most satisfaction. Truth is, we all have problems. Like, everyone...

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Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

This guy completely caught me off-guard today at a Wal-Mart. At first, I thought he was mad. He looked angry and his eyes were glossy. He walked up to my youngest daughter and said something that thoroughly confused me. She didn’t know what to do as this was not...

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Fault Vs. Responsibility

Fault Vs. Responsibility

“It wasn’t my FAULT!!!’”
We had a long conversation, as a family that started last night and made it’s way to the breakfast table this morning, and then to the couch.
Our talks was on the difference between fault and responsibility.

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Delegation Vs. Empowerment

Delegation Vs. Empowerment

Delegation vs empowerment… at home and at the office.
Being a leader isn’t the same as being a manager.
Managing people isn’t the same as being a leader.

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Appreciation for Life’s Basic Experiences

Appreciation for Life’s Basic Experiences

The older I get, the more I grow appreciation for life’s basic experiences.

In a five minute period here a short while ago while standing near an open window I wrote a few things that truly bring a smile to my face.

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