Fear versus Respect: A Lesson In Leadership

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”  – Abraham Lincoln At some point in life each of us are either following one or being the one others follow.  How often does it come to pass that each of us has had leaders we loathe and can’t stand?  How rare does it seem that each of us has a leader we would always go the extra mile for?  How is it that leaders often down to two basic characteristics; fear versus respect?      We all have had that overbearing,…

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John Cena is All-American as hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot apple pie

When it comes to patriotism, it doesn’t get any better than John Cena of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).  John Cena is about as All-American as hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot apple pie.  He proves this day in and day out, but the most important way he shows this is through his undying support for the United States Armed Forces.  John Cena supports the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines in a big way and has done so on many occasions through trips to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the annual event WWE Support the Troops. This hits home for me because my name…

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Effective Communication Skills

How many times have you ever found yourself in a conversation, ceremony, motivational speech, or any situation in which you had no idea what was being said because of the speaker’s inability to communicate effectively? Words are powerful and can make a person seem intelligent. But, on the opposite end of that spectrum can also make a person feel dumb. You have to be careful what words you use, how you use them, and who you use them with. When you are communicating to an audience, or even an individual, fancy words will lose their impact if misunderstood or misinterpreted.…

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Smaller Than An Ant

In the summer blockbuster movie, Ant-Man, Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang who becomes the Ant-Man when he dons the special suit made by Dr. Hank Pym.  Being the size of an ant may seem quite small, but there are many living things that are much smaller than an ant.  Things that you sometimes cannot see with your eyes. Affecting many people around the world is an insect that could be considered a vampire in the insect world.  The bed bug or Cimex lectularius, prefers to feed on human blood and typically lives inside of beds.  They are most active at…

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Top 5 Things To Do In Houston

One of the most iconic phrases of the 21st Century, “Houston we have a problem.”, is forever linked Houston with the history of NASA.  Yet this sprawling metropolis has a lot more to offer.  From cowboys to computer geeks, Houston has a diverse community and multiple cultures to take in.  As America’s 4th largest city, it is bound to have something for just about everyone in the family. #1 the MUST see…Houston is not just all rodeos and oil rigs.  It has a huge museum district with 19 museums and something new every day to see.  History, art, culture all…

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With God, All Things Are Possible

Verse:  Matthew 19:26 (NIV) Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” When you put your faith and trust in God, you will know that He has your back.  God is watching over you and ensuring that you have exactly what you need to be successful in all that you do.  In other words, God may not give you all that you want, but he definitely gives you all that you need. All you have to do is believe, continue to push forward, and little by little you will accomplish…

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Talk To God In Prayer Every Day

Verse:  Romans 12 – Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer   Every day is an opportunity for you to do many things but often times people forget to start their day in prayer.  Starting your day in prayer gives you an opportunity to reflect on the day, the blessing that it is, and to give thanks to God for another day to spread His glory.   Throughout the day as things happen, don’t forget to give thanks to God or ask for His strength and guidance by taking a moment to pray for the things…

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When Surrounded By Monkeys, Be The Gorilla

Groupthink can be compared to a barrel of monkeys fighting for the same banana. The goal is to get the banana, each monkey knows it, and is compacted into a minimalistic mode of thinking to fight for the same object no matter the consequences. Whereas if they all just escaped the barrel, they would realize there are more bananas outside the barrel. With this analogy, it can be proven that groups are often narrow-minded to what is only true within their individual scope of understanding; completely disregarding any outside possibilities. It is truly this limiting factor that leads to little…

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Your Best Year Ever

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas holiday and a Happy New Year celebration.  Now that the festivities are over and we are a few days into the new year, I want to take the opportunity to share some things with you.  As you go through each day this year you have opportunities to do many things but you must take action if you want this to be  your best year ever.  Below are my best tips to having your best year ever. *NOTE*  These action items are not for the timid.  You must be willing to put in…

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