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Staying calm in the face of a massive storm – July 4th, 1776

I look to the birth of this great nation as a source of inspiration. General George Washington showed amazing leadership in the face of impossible odds. Most people don’t know where George Washington spent July 4th, 1776. The day that we now celebrate as Independence Day was anything but a celebration for Washington. In fact, […]

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Making a great transition

A few years ago, Don Bray, one of my mentors, told me a story of an executive he knew that left his position to go into overseas missions work.  The executive’s key ring represented his responsibilities and property.  As he handed off his position and duties to others, he removed those keys from his key […]

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If you want to improve, don’t get tired of criticism

How mad do you get when people criticize you? My tenth grade year of high school taught me a great lesson for life – how to deal with criticism.  Everyone was required to write a term paper and it determined whether or not we passed tenth grade.  I couldn’t tell you what I wrote about, […]

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If a tree falls in the woods… keep looking up

Recently, I was out on a hike with some friends who were determined to get to the top of a mountain.  Trail markers were posted along the trail up on the tree trunks. The person in front of our group was only watching the ground and didn’t notice that there were no more trail markers […]

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Riding into the wind

I was able to fit in a 40-mile road bike ride a few days ago with one of my best friends.  I wasn’t used to the steady headwinds of South Florida and I have to admit that I felt challenged and pushed.  But my friend and I were able to read each other’s minds as […]

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Being Contagious with Your Confidence

I’ve been inspired by the confidence of the mentors in my life.  The men I’ve chosen to watch and follow all have the trait of confidence as a common thread in their persona.  Sometimes it’s viewed as pride or arrogance, but at it’s heart, confidence is pure and noble. One of my heros is Winston […]

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Are you saying “Blah blah blah” or are you adding value?

I was covered in flour and smelled like a big piece of fried chicken.  Clenching my fists, I heard the assistant manager say to me: “Let me give you some input.”.  My first job when I was a kid was as a chicken cook at KFC… and hearing those words would send me through the […]

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When your heart moves faster than your brain

My heart starts to beat a little faster when I know the Olympics are right around the corner.  Our U.S. team is heading over to London right now to compete for their dream – Gold.  I get caught up in it and start thinking… “I need to be outside doing something right now”. So, during […]

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Would you be any different?

Standing in the treetops with harnesses on, getting ready to leap out and grab the next rope, I could hear people’s heartbeats even though they were a couple of feet away.  We were at the U.S. Olympic Whitewater Center climbing the high-ropes courses having just experienced the thrill of whitewater rafting. The anxiety of doing […]

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It’s not how you feel, it’s how you look!

I felt great this morning when I rolled out of bed – and then I looked in the mirror. Whoa!  Sometimes there can be a pretty big gap between how we feel and reality. So how do we close that gap? Look in the mirror.  Learn about yourself.  Even though you may feel good about […]

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