Harmony

Aug 19

Harmony

On September 11, 2001, I was mad as I watched buildings fall and catch fire. I felt helpless. As a new father, I wanted to make the world better for my son. I saw injustice and wanted to help fix it. I wanted to take the fight to those who wronged my country so I applied to the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Can you handle it?

Aug 06

Can you handle it?

Making the decision to be an entrepreneur is never easy. Through hard work, luck and a patient wife, I have been blessed with great partners, profitable businesses and the means to feed five children who never seem to go very long without ripping their pants or losing their shoes. The life of an entrepreneur is also fraught with challenges, long days, cheap hotels, endless flights and discouragement. But the stress and challenges are all a part of a complete life. The good comes with the bad and the ups come with the downs on the path of success.

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Bliss Isn’t Normal

May 23

Bliss Isn’t Normal

Last night the temperature was a spectacular 72 degrees with no wind and clear skies. My kids mobbed me when I got home excited to see me after being gone for a week and begged to go for a walk as a family. Our evening walk was filled with children laughing and zooming to and fro on their scooters coupled with frequent views of cotton tail bunny rabbits and their new born babies hopping back and forth on the path as they munched on the green grass. Life was perfect…then we announced it was time to head back home. Groans and complaints replaced bliss and laughter. The four year old complained about walking too much and the baby demanded his milk.

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Everyday Happiness

Apr 13

Everyday Happiness

As I relish a rare Saturday off on a beautiful spring day, a cool breeze of happy gratitude seems to have blown in my face. Turning 40 just over two years ago marked a magnificent turning point in my bank account as my large debts started to disappear and be replaced with growing assets. However, my true happiness does not seem to have been impacted by collecting interest instead of paying it.

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Never Stay Broken

Mar 04

Never Stay Broken

I teach Sunday School to 12 year olds, they think 42 is ancient. I am 42 years old and I do NOT feel ancient. I remember very clearly what it was like to be 12 years old. The world was mine and I truly felt empowered by loving parents who stoked my entrepreneurial dreams and did their best to protect me from harm. The last thirty years have seemingly gone by in an instant and they have been filled with challenges and victories. What will my next thirty years hold? What will you do with your next thirty years?

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Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.

Feb 19

Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.

El dinero no creará el éxito, la libertad lo hará.” – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela permaneció 27 años en la cárcel por sus actividades  de anti apartheid.  Por muchos de esos años, Mandela fue acosado por sus carceleros y dormía en una celda húmeda con una alfombra de paja.  Además, aún desde el cárcel se le da crédito por inspirar a millones por todo el mundo y cuando se le puso en libertad, él cambio su país y el mundo.  La mayoría de nosotros nunca hemos sido encarcelados físicamente, pero nuestro cárceles mentales nos ocultan de la libertad y de tener éxito financiero, físico, o psicológico.

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