Enjoy Each Step

Oct 30

Enjoy Each Step

My baby turned two yesterday. As the fifth of five, he gets more than his fair share of love from his four adoring siblings and parents. As we celebrated his big day with inexpensive gifts and a small chocolate cake, I watched his face explode with happiness with each simple gift. Other than blowing out the two candles before the end of the song, the biggest hit was an inexpensive stuffed puppy that he carried around the rest of the night with a big smile while tightly holding it next to his plump cheeks. Dylan had no idea why he was getting the extra gifts, it was just another day to him. However, I loved watching the chubby little fellow loving life and cherishing each bit of love, each extra kiss and added attention. 

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Harmony

Aug 19

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

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

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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