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“What I lack in smarts, I make up for in work…and given how hard I have to work, I must not be that smart!”–Greg hague

The Power of Fear

To start the new year I’m sharing my favorite article from last year when I wrote about the power of fear.  We all know fear sometimes

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Small Frogs No Regrets

This week before New Year’s I’m going to share four things I learned over the years that have made my life better. I hope they  do the

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Wealth Versus Worth

If you’ve ever traveled by motorcycle, you know stopping for gas can be time consuming. Dismount, take off your helmet and gloves, unzip your riding pants,

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That’s The Ticket

The date is January 28, 1896, a frigid Tuesday in the small English village of Paddock Wood. Walter Arnold is feeling frisky, so he decides to

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Illusion of Technology

I’ve read hundreds of business books over the years. I remember when Dad gave me my first one, How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

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Verbal Oatmeal

At the age of 12 I had become an incessant chatterbox, often to the irritation of my dad, Chubby. One Sunday afternoon in 1960 I was in

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Ask A Woman

Sara was a pretty good student at Florida State with a dream of becoming an attorney…until she took the dreaded LSAT to determine her aptitude for

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Prove Them Wrong

In 2007 Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia were roommates in San Francisco, and they had a problem…they couldn’t afford their rent. The roommates had met in

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A Mask To Loyalty

Lori Holden had the same fears most children experience growing up (meeting other kids, speaking in front of her class, trying new things). Her dad taught

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Stripe Builds Roads

Patrick was the oldest of three boys, born in 1988 in a small village in Ireland.  His mother, a microbiologist. His father, an electrical engineer. Patrick took

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Mind Over Mattress

Jim invited his mother over for dinner. When Mom arrived she was a bit surprised to meet Jim’s breathtakingly beautiful roommate, Krista. Mom had assumed her

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