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I Trained for a 5k but Accidentally Ran a Marathon

With only 17 hours of training and 92 miles logged I crossed the finish line at the 2016 Chicago Marathon, limped my way the few miles to the charity village and the cold pizza that awaited me, and provided over 75 children with clean water for life.  What if I told you that the day […]

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spiritual

I’m Going the Wrong Way

I sponsor a child through World Vision in Tanzania, but walk past hungry children in my own neighborhood.  I pray for my neighbor and friend to not be lonely and for God to show him love, but don’t drop by for very many visits.  I went on a mission trip to Asheville, but don’t volunteer […]

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spiritual

Love the Lord your God

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38 Jesus says loving God is the most important thing that we can do as Christians and I haven’t really spent a lot of time thinking about how […]

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spiritual

Working on a Farm

If you would have told me that I would have my hand wrist deep inside the carcass of a chicken searching for its heart, I would not have believed you… But there I was. Six months earlier I was selling vegetable juice and kombucha at my farmer’s market when the farmer’s wife at the booth […]

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mind

Distractions From Creating

Why do I do this to myself? For the second time this week I broke my own rules, conditions, and barriers and gave into the magnetic pull of morning distractions… Here are just a few of my morning temptations: My phone (texts and calls) Twitter and Linkedin (Not sure why I just hit refresh over […]

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leadership

Having an Ownership Mentality

For a few years I worked for Tom. He was nearing retirement, but previously held some of the top executive jobs at different retailers. The period I worked for him was at the end of his career when he was leading a single store location. I respected Tom from day one. His experience spoke for […]

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books

Writing and Building an Audience with James Altucher

Each week James Altucher hosts a Q&A on Twitter. A lot of folks ask James questions about writing and building an audience and I have been saving my favorite answers. Here are the top twelve! “Just keep writing. Write 2-3 hours a day. The best way to get feedback is to write good stuff that […]

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books

Finding My Virginity

Every entrepreneur should pickup a copy of Richard Branson’s book, Finding My Virginity. This book is full of gold nuggets for business owners. And it is hilarious too! Because of this book I was actually able to make some decisions and take my business into a more clear direction.  Before, I was always afraid to […]

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spiritual

Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough – Update

Four days last week I went without all food and drank only water, completing my first ever Daniel Fast. It was the first time I’ve fasted as a means for practicing a spiritual discipline first and physical health benefits second. I thought it was going to be a revolutionary fast and that I would feel […]

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spiritual

Read Ye Bible

Yesterday I failed and my long-time streak of reading the Bible everyday was over. Ouch! Everyday (I guess I should say almost everyday?) I read at least one proverb, five psalms, and a few chapters from one of the gospels (Matthew, John, Luke, and Mark). When I do this every single day, in one month […]