What a Snake Reminded Me About Fear

On a bike ride with my family the other day, a black snake darted right across our path. Thankfully, we simply rolled on by and it slithered off into the bushes, but the encounter got me thinking of a familiar phrase: “It’s more afraid of you than you are of it.” The reason that phrase […]

Your Past Does Not Define Your Future

There is so much sin, failure, and wrong in the lineage of Jesus recorded in Matthew 1 that you might think these people would be disqualified from being the forbearers of the Messiah. But God is ALWAYS using imperfect people to work out his perfect plans. When you see the wrong in your own past […]

Throw Away Your Easy Button

This is my Easy Button, a desktop toy from Staples that added flare and fun to my working environment for many years. I’m throwing it away. Here’s why. Most of my life, I’ve been a “fixer,” finding things that are broken and investing time, money and energy into bringing them back to good condition. Whether […]

9 Shortcuts to Winning Trust

Years ago I heard a talk that completely changed my thinking about how to communicate and connect with others, and it transformed my ability to win trust so I can serve people better. The talk was from a man named Gordon MacDonald, and his big idea was this: In every decade of our life, one key […]

Great Leaders

GREAT LEADERS know when to step up, and when to step down. They are ready to step in when needed, and willing to step aside when the people they serve need something and someone else. They do not seize power to fuel their own ego, nor do they hold on to it to assuage their […]

Two Surprising Insights from Jeff Bezos & Captain Kirk (pt. 2)

A couple of weeks ago, billionaire Jeff Bezos had a really, really important conversation with a 90-year old man that could have gone really, really wrong. While the world watched, iconic “Star Trek” actor William Shatner stepped out of the Blue Origin “New Shepherd” capsule that had just taken him safely to space and back, […]

Two Surprising Insights From Jeff Bezos & Captain Kirk (pt. 1)

Did you hear Captain Kirk finally made it to space for real? Last week, 90-year-old William Shatner not only became the oldest person ever to travel to outer space, but did so as the guest of Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. As I watched the live video feed of the four space travelers […]

American. Heroes.

On September 11, 2001, I was working at the News-Press, our local paper. Like every other American, that morning I woke to a new world, and though I didn’t know it yet, everything was about to change. I rushed to the newsroom and spent the next day and night combing the wire services, forwarding photos […]

3 Unbreakable Laws of Organic Marketing

Plenty of people talk about the power of organic marketing and how simple it can be when done correctly. But if you do it wrong… You might actually cause your business more harm than good. Here are three unbreakable laws of organic marketing to help you make sure your reaching OUT helps you level-UP as […]

How Are You Doing on the “Not Covid Test”?

A few weeks ago I got sick and wondered what everyone does these days… “Is it Covid? It turns out it wasn’t, but… I was still down for the count for two days. It wasn’t the worst-case scenario, but it still short-circuited my progress for a week and made me miserable. Here’s how this relates […]