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5 Summer Reading Books I Pay My Kids to Read

Yeah, I’m one of those parents.  The kind that actually pays his kids to fill their minds with good stuff.  I pay my kids to read personal development books.  Call me weird.  I’ve seen normal out there and believe me – we consider “weird” to be a compliment around our house. I started this a few years back with the…

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Win Like West

I need to introduce you to a really cool kid I know.  Well, at sixteen years old, he’s hardly a kid anymore – much more like a young man headed into adulthood. I first got to know Westley Burrington when he was about nine or ten years old.  For those of you who have heard my story, you may remember…

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23 Powerful Quotes About the Power of Connecting

April has been an interesting month so far, as I have taken on some new personal and professional challenges.  As I’ve been preparing for a couple of upcoming teaching events, I’ve had great opportunity to study and reflect on the ability to connect with other people. I’m fascinated by the subject, mostly because I really believe that it is a…

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So, How’s That “New Year’s Resolution” Thing Coming? (Part 3)

Today I’m closing out a three-part discussion on New Year’s Resolutions and why so many start off every year with such high expectations, only to have their best intentions fall by the wayside before the calendar page turns to February.  If you missed Part One, you can catch up here.  And if you missed Part Two – the one that…

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A Dramatic Accomplishment

Editor’s Note:  We are honored today to feature a guest post by a very talented writer and proud father, Tim Shaw.  Last week, Tim’s son Chase graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Theatre.  In the days leading up to the graduation ceremony, Tim posted some thoughts on his Facebook page.  He has graciously given us permission to share…

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Influence – “Gerry Style”

  “Never underestimate the power of influence.  There are two parts to influence: first, influence is powerful, and second, influence is subtle.” – Jim Rohn One of the really cool things I get to do these days is share with others thoughts on leadership.  I love what I do.  And in all honesty, my knowledge bank is probably really just…

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