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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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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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No Doubt

I have a friend who, after someone made a comment, would almost always reply, ‘No doubt. No doubt.’ That eventually began to irritate me. I thought, ‘Don’t you have anything else to say?’ One day, I listened to those two words. No Doubt. They began to take a different meaning. How many times have we […]

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Have You Been Robbed?         

I came home one day and found the front door wide open. Uh oh. . . I thought. Someone must have been in here. Since we have two children, who are mostly forgetful and sometimes irresponsible (I love them dearly), I figured they may have rushed out of the house forgetting to close the door. […]

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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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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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Be Brave

“Wow, you’re so brave,” is what friends told me after I led a group of ninth-graders to launch French fries toward the chalk board in math class (the teacher just happened to be standing there). I don’t know if it was being brave, or having an adolescent brain that hadn’t fully developed. We definitely paid […]

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Changed by Chance

There are times when you come across someone’s life story and all you can say is, “Wow. How were they able to get through that?!” As you move from one unnerving life situation to the next, you can’t help but wonder what is within them that allowed them to eventually claim the victory. Changed by […]

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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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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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