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People are more important than things.

As I prepare to sit through this storm my thoughts and prayers are not for all the THINGS that are already lost and will be lost.

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Unsunk and unstuck: Open the door to more!

My friends, what I have now realized is that those sunk costs had me sunk.  I was drowning in them.  I was mired in a morass of my own self-absorption, intent on getting and keeping…

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Hope prevails at any age

One of the starkest tragedies of our lives is that we are horrible predictors of the future.  This affects us in a myriad of mundane and profound ways.  We can be hurt by this in the way we choose our kitchen tile or cast our vote, by our inaction around saving and multiplying our money from a young age or when we fail to see the good things happening around us or, tearfully, when we give up. Even when we don’t do something as extreme as giving up permanently, those of us who fall prey to a life without hope can find ourselves existing day to day, as Andy Stanley explains, as a “languishing life preserver.” 

Do not wish to be…

“Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.”

– Francis de Sales

Paint Anyway

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Summer Melt and Mentorship

I had the right people around me at the right times to avoid the “summer melt.”  Summer melt is a term that refers to a phenomenon where every year, many students who have overcome daunting obstacles in high school receive good news — they’ve been accepted to college, and often they have been awarded enough money to attend, but they don’t show up to start classes. 

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How Can I Influence Others With a Shovel?

I was treated to a great lesson on influence recently at a conference I attended. Justin Elam’s message was one he has been sharing for a while now about how to equip others by asking questions vs. providing ready answers.  The outline of his talk started with this Strauss quote: “The wise man doesn’t give the right answers.  He poses the right questions.”

The Second Mountain: The Next Big Challenge in Your Life | Aspen Ideas Festival

After you’ve achieved success, what comes next? Source: The Second Mountain: The Next Big Challenge in Your Life | Aspen Ideas Festival

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Embrace the Contrarians in Your Midst

Having contrarians in your daily life, at your dinner table and in your community can be maddening at times…but can we and should we try to live without them?