What Otis Redding Taught Me About Vision

What do you know about Otis Redding?  Otis Redding (Wiki link) was one of the most influential soul singers of the 1960’s, a black artist emerging in a very challenging time in our country’s history.  He tragically died in a plane crash at 26 years old, just as his star was beginning to shine.  Only a six months earlier, he had closed the Monterey Pop Festival, sharing the stage with acts such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and The Who. […]

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Your Day Job Isn’t Keeping You From Your Dream Job

What is Labor Day? For most, it’s a long weekend away from work and maybe a chance to wallow in the fact that summer is finally over; the kids are back to school and the routine has returned. The anticipation of Memorial Day and celebration of Independence Day have faded into the drudging reality of Labor Day. It’s almost like President Grover Cleveland knew this when he signed the holiday into law back in 1887. I can hear him, under his breath say, […]

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Matt vs. Wild

I love reality shows like, “Survivorman” and “Man vs. Wild”. I am amazed by them because I am so incapable of going into uncharted territory, living off the wilderness for days.  Les Stroud and Bear Grylls, the personalities behind these programs, are amazing in their ability to tackle the most extreme environments. When these men overcome challenges it sparks a belief in us that it can be done. As I was watching one of these shows the other day, it reminded […]

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This Too Shall Pass

My maternal grandmother, Eloise Ham, was raised alongside fourteen brothers and sisters in rural Timmonsville, South Carolina. She learned the value of hard work by caring for her younger siblings and performing her daily duties on the family farm. I believe Tom Brokaw was right when he labeled her and her peers, The Greatest Generation. They taught us the value in an honest day’s work, the necessity for loving our neighbors, and what it means to fear God. But the most valuable lessons […]

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Gratitude is a Matter of the Heart

When we witness greatness, particularly in athletics, it is difficult to deny. Each sport has its own champion. However, the greatest champion of all time wasn’t human. In 1973 the world saw greatness like never before in the form of a Thoroughbred race horse.  If you know anything of horse racing, you know Secretariat. Big Red, as he was called, was the greatest of all-time. In 1973, Secretariat won the Triple Crown of horse racing in grand fashion and still […]

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Greatfull: What I Learned by Misspelling

I have created a word that helps me see a clear picture of what it means to live richly: GREATFULL Greatfull is my vision of a life full of greatness, achieved through learning the power of gratitude. Read that again – using gratitude to accomplish greatness. Can we learn how to harness gratitude as the primary fuel to live the life we choose; to live a great life? I learned this lesson over a cup of coffee. Normally, before going […]

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Risk Taking – Tips on Making Decisions

Life is full of influential moments, they happen everyday. There are fewer moments that define who we are. Even making the decision to NOT let a moment define you can, in turn, be a defining moment. These moments are etched into our story as a necessary part of our experience. Can you define your moments? For me, making the decision to move to Florida after college was one of those moments. In hindsight, it changed everything. I want to share […]

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