Eww…That Other Four-Letter Word!

I hate the concept of easy. Well, hate is a harsh word. I strongly dislike it. This four-letter word has bled into nearly every aspect of American culture. From week-long fad diets to people desperately trying to make a quick fortune effortlessly, we’ve seemed to shun the idea of hard work or “blood, sweat and […]

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Laura Pajestka, Entrepreneur

Know all the Pros & Cons I was born into the trucking industry because my Dad was a union driver for many years. Before my father passed away 13 years ago, our son had followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by working in the trucking industry. We talked about starting a trucking company of our own. […]

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Make Time for Your Dream

One evening after work while doing chores, the phone rang. Normally, I don’t like to answer when I’m in the middle of something. But this evening, something told me to pick up. The call was from someone who rarely called me. My 90-year-old uncle. It’s unusual for me to receive a “just-thinking-about-you” call from one […]

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Christopher Wiehl – Actor

Have a Discipline of Daily Action I was born and raised in a small town, in eastern Washington state, called Yakima. My Mom and Dad met while in college at the University of Washington where my Mom was a foreign exchange student from Denmark. My Dad went to law school and joined the FBI. He […]

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Stanton Barrett –  Extreme Sports/Stunt Man/Director

Be Willing to Take Risks I was born and raised in Bishop, CA. When my parents separated, we moved a lot when I was growing up. I lived in several states; North Carolina, Colorado, California, and Florida. I went to six different high schools. Sometimes it was hard to make friends, but that’s what made it […]

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Kelly Chapman, Entrepreneur

Be Aligned with Purpose I was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. I attended Case Western Reserve University and received a general MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. A self-proclaimed “hustler”, I have always worked three jobs since I was in high school. One of them happens to be […]

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A Life With Purpose Is On Purpose

The world needs you and the purpose for which you were born. Everything in life and everyone created by God has a purpose – from the smallest grain of sand, to the largest mammal in the sea. When man creates a product, the purpose precedes production. Purpose is the original intent for creation. It is […]

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Cliff Simon – Actor

Success Does Not Happen Overnight I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1977, when I was 15, my parents emigrated to London. We were a family of six and my parents wanted to get away from South Africa’s Apartheid regime. At that time, I was a swimmer with a dream to swim in the […]

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Captain Laura – Pilot

Keep Your Goals in Front of You I have the best job as a commercial airline pilot. I’ve been flying for more than 30 years. My job has taken me around the world flying various aircrafts including the Boeing 767, 757, 737, Airbus 320, Lockheed L-188 (civilian P-3) and Convair 580. My book, Remove Before Flight is […]

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Nancy Redd – Musician

Surround Yourself With Positive People Nancy Redd has been a social worker for more than 20 years, but knew at the age of three that she wanted to be a musician. My family has always encouraged my music, but told me I couldn’t major in it at college because I needed to have stability and […]

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Press On!

For a Christmas gift, my sister gave me adult coloring books. I’d run across them a few months earlier and thought coloring again would be relaxing and fun. I loved coloring with my children.  Now they are older and rather play video games. Instead of crayons, colored pencils are used. Children’s coloring books have big, […]

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Businesswomen talking in office

When the Encourager Needs Encouraging…

…the mother needs mothering…the doctor needs healing… the caregiver needs caring… You get the picture. Oftentimes we find ourselves in situations where we are all tired out. We give and give and give until there is nothing left. That’s when it’s time to stop and say, “Hey! Can someone help me over here!! When we’re […]

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Darryl Douglas

Entertaining is a Thrill As a child, I remember watching a clown on a television show. He was acting a fool and making everybody laugh. There were lots of them entertaining a bunch of kids and a few adults. It was the coolest thing to see people entertained like that. The whole clown suit, shoes, […]

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Frustrated Businesswoman Sitting At Desk In Office Using Laptop

When Our Dreams Have Drama

Most (if not all) of the people we spoke with about their lifelong dreams mentioned all the “drama” and “issues” they encountered. In one situation, the husband pilfered thousands of dollars from the business. In another, health issues were the driving force to keep the dream from reality. Those are just two examples of many. […]

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