Two Keys to Confidence

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of hanging sheetrock in my kitchen. We are currently less than one week from having our kitchen cabinets installed. My wife and I can’t wait to have a fully functional kitchen again, rather than the torn down empty space where our kitchen used to be. The pleasure of […]

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Dream Time

Begin with the end in mind. I have heard the above quote before, but I was reminded of it this week while listening to The Art of Manliness Podcast #607  with Stephen M.R. Covey covering his father’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. What is the ultimate end? Death. For a moment, consider […]

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Contemplating Seneca #61: Mental Digestion

In his 84th letter to Lucilius titled On Gathering Ideas, Seneca makes a  few great analogies to prove a point that is pure wisdom. Look at the bees. They gather what they need to make honey and then take it to their homes. In the hive it is transformed into honey, no longer retaining the […]

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Dare to Get Hit

Last week, my son Alec and I started watching the Rocky movies. I was amazed how interested he was in watching them. The movies held his attention even when there were no fight scenes or training scenes. When we finally made it to the sixth movie, I was impressed by Rocky’s speech to his son. […]

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Contemplating Seneca #74

Do I really have the time? Four weeks of not working flew by way too fast. Every day I was able to accomplish projects that would normally take me weeks. Not being regulated by a schedule that involves 10 hours a day dedicated to working a day job really allowed my personal productivity to skyrocket. […]

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Contemplating Seneca #39

There is a quote I heard several years ago that has really stuck with me. Gymnastics coach Christopher Sommer said, “If you want to be a stud later, you have to be a pud now.” This is excellent advice for anybody wanting to develop their levels of physical fitness. A stud is obviously the top […]

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Why Staying Busy Isn’t Good Enough

Like many in the world, I’m locked down. Can’t go to work. Can’t hang out with friends and family. And over the last couple of weeks, I have been working longer hours than usual. I get up, work out, and start working on projects around the house or at my parent’s house. I’m getting things […]

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Contemplating Seneca #55

Do you know what is going to happen tomorrow? Me neither. All we have is today. So what will you do with it? Will you bemoan the fact that tomorrow is unknown, or will you get on with life’s purpose? I’ve started reading The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It has been over […]

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Contemplating Seneca #68

Storms come and go. Like everything else, they have their seasons. What was good yesterday could be bad tomorrow. And the bad times, they won’t last forever. On the good days, make your preparations. Do the work. Ensure that your ship is tight and in top shape. Of course you should enjoy the sunshine and […]

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Contemplating Seneca #36

Maybe we can’t enjoy our friends and family the way we want to now. Maybe the best we can hope for is a text or a phone/video call. Make the most of it. We are fortunate to live in a time when this is possible. And when we get back to normal, let us not […]

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