All That I Can Be

That old Army advertisement struck a chord in me. I was young and “be all that you can be” did the trick. The tune was catchy, the imagery was macho, and the dotted line was calling my name. When I considered my life back then before the Army, I knew I was not maximizing my […]

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Useless Things

What are useless things? Timewasters are the obvious. But what about the not-so-obvious: multi-tasking, dwelling on the past, or anxiety about the things that are outside of our control? You could go back and beat yourself up over all the useless things you have done, but this also is useless. After all, you cannot go […]

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Rekindle the Spark That Leads to Mastery

This week I started reading the book Mastery by Robert Greene. What does it take to become a master? Well for starters, it starts at childhood. It starts with passion for doing something that you really enjoy doing. Children have a natural inclination to do what they like to do. Unfortunately as adults, we like […]

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Who Would You Copy?

Imagine 1760. Books are expensive and hard to come by. And if you don’t know how to read, they will do you no good. Heroes are legendary, because their deeds are passed down by word of mouth. If you want to learn a trade, you find someone who will take you on as an apprentice. […]

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Clear the Malfunction

One of the acronyms I will never forget from the Army is SPORTS. Slap Pull Observe Release Tap Squeeze When your weapon jams up, you apply SPORTS to clear the malfunction. Practice SPORTS enough times, and it becomes second nature. You won’t even forget it twenty years later. Why do soldiers practice it so much? […]

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Wisdom First

Does anybody begin life wishing for wisdom? Is that what one wants to be when they get older? Or is it a good job, a big house, lots of money, and of course lots of stuff? And when we come to the end, to our deathbeds, will any of those things matter? Hoping to have […]

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A Word with the Wise

One of my closest friends told me once to break down the barriers that are preventing me from walking my path. A boss, who I despised and thought incompetent, once told me to control only what is in my control. The rest is out of my hands. A dear aunt stated that a person’s energy […]

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A Father’s Value

There are so many things I want to do, but there is one responsibility that trumps everything else. The responsibility is being a father. Is this my great mission in life? I don’t know, but it is my mission now. Is there any way a father can have greater impact on future generations? Is there […]

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Your Questions

When you go to your doctor, you want her to ask the right questions. In fact, you should be very concerned if your doctor is not asking you the right questions. If she is not asking the right questions, it would be prudent on your part to find a new doctor. It just might save […]

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Remove the Clutter

If you are reading this right now, then hopefully I have your undivided attention. This post will only take one minute to read. If in that time, you have a stray thought, a phone notification, or any other type of interruption, I will have failed in my mission of holding your attention. I still might […]

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