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7 Tips to Help You Remember Your Dreams

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a great dream, only to wake up and quickly forget what you had just dreamt? It can be annoying to forget what may … [Read More...]

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3 Simple Tricks to Reaching Your Goals

Tis the season for goal setting! There is something about a new year that motivates us to self-improvement. Almost everyone makes a New Year’s resolution at some … [Read More...]

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The Heritability of a Farmer’s Faith

I take pride in being a nonconformist, in bucking tradition to blaze my own trail. I believe it to be the hallmark of a man that he should endeavor to leave his own mark on the world. Even so, Time has a funny habit of reminding me that the apple doesn’t fall … [Read More...]

Perfectionism is the Enemy

It was just a couple years into my website development career when I began to recognize that my clients could be sorted into two camps:  those who prioritized pragmatism, and those who prioritized perfection. The more pragmatic clients embraced quick … [Read More...]

Small Stories, Big Impact

Storytelling isn’t just about entertaining audiences. Good storytelling connects with readers on an emotional level. This connection between the reader and writer can even compel readers to take action. The pairing of stories with a call-to-action is a … [Read More...]

Back When I Was a Murderer

This must have been what it felt like to be God.  To have complete control. To end life on a whim.  I was nine years old when I experienced this power, and I wielded it to dreadful effect. I don’t think I was evil, even though my actions were certainly … [Read More...]

I Am Too Busy to Achieve My Goals

About a year ago, RaeLea and I met with our boss, who we contract with to provide wellsite geology and mudlogging services on drilling rigs in North Dakota’s oilfield. Kathy had just finished constructing a mammoth new headquarters for her business, and she … [Read More...]

Winning the Lottery, but at What Price?

I remember distinctly the moment I realized that I possessed the power to win the lottery. All I needed to do was purchase a single ticket, and my accumulated quota of luck would be siphoned off in exchange for an immediate financial windfall. The Powerball … [Read More...]

How to Be Physically Fit without Wasting Time in a Gym

Strangers often stop me to ask (usually with an English accent), “Excuse me good sir, but I must observe that you are a specimen of the human physique. How often do you visit a gym to maintain such a fine figure?” Though that has never actually happened, if … [Read More...]

The Muse and The Monster

For me, being a writer is an ongoing conflict.  I have thankfully never suffered from a shortage of story concepts, and I have been blessed with something resembling raw talent for crafting plots and characters. Yet, assembling the various components into … [Read More...]

Conversations with my Future Self

I talk to my Future Self almost every single day.  As a matter of fact, I have been talking to my Future Self regularly since early 2011. It has been less of a conversation and more of a monologue, with my Present Self writing to my Future Self.  You … [Read More...]

The one you’ll wish you had not read

WARNING:  the following story should not be consumed by readers with strong gag reflexes.  As a matter of fact, this story should probably not be read by anybody. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I wish that I could tell you that this little tale is … [Read More...]

What is the most important trait of a successful relationship?

A good friend of mine recently asked me, “What do you think is the most important trait of a successful relationship?” I answered right away, without thinking (because I all-too-often do talk before thinking), “Honesty.” Then I paused for a moment and … [Read More...]

Is this trait blocking your creative success?

There is one personality trait above all others which I believe can be blamed most for lack of success among creative people.  I recognize this trait because it is a flaw I was afflicted with my entire life without even knowing it. Creative people tend to be … [Read More...]

Old dog learns new tricks!

During the process of my personal evolution, I had begun an informal list of sayings or phrases I wanted to eliminate from my vocabulary. Though widely accepted and used by popular culture, I began to chafe at their negative connotation. So, “I’m too old for … [Read More...]

Confessions of an addict

I have an addiction. Well, several of them, truth be told. However, we all have addictions or guilty little pleasures. Coffee, pastries and chocolate of any form are among some my beloved addictions. Pursuing the book aisle is one of my everlasting favorites. … [Read More...]

Creating more than we consume

We are all consumers.  We are consumers of material things, of course, but we are also consumers of ideas.  Whenever we watch a movie, read a book, or play a game, we are consuming content. Some of us take the time to actually create something new. … [Read More...]

5 questions I ask myself each year

Now is when many of us set goals for the coming year.  Setting goals is easy.  Assessing ourselves--really holding that mirror up--is not so easy. These are five questions I ask myself every year: What did I accomplish this past year? What do I hope … [Read More...]

Is your personal evolution “stuck in a rut”?

It is so exhilarating when we are making rapid progress towards our goals.  For some of us, that might mean steady weight loss as part of a diet and exercise program.  Or, it might be seeing our daily word count accumulate as we develop our writing … [Read More...]

Our priorities are what we do, not the things we say we do

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The old mechanic and his hammer

As a small business owner, one of the biggest challenges is figuring out pricing.  You want to be fair to the customer, competitive with the industry, and yet of course profitable to make it worth your while. This was a balance I struggled with and in some … [Read More...]

Taking care of the Inner Circle: an “Aha!” moment

I love “Aha!” moments. You know what I’m talking about; those sudden strokes of "genius" that fill us with excitement and make us giddy to share our moment of glory with others. I also love moments where introspection and self-awareness meet personal … [Read More...]

My Persistent Passion for Entrepreneurship

Most of us have subjects we are passionate about.  When that passion develops relatively early in life and continues to be a passion as we develop our professional careers, that is what I call a Persistent Passion. I am fortunate to have at least two … [Read More...]

Should we stop saying this phrase?

I am sure, at some point, you have had someone tell you: “It is what it is.” Maybe it was when you were bringing a problem to their attention, or expressing frustration with the status quo. This particular phrase invaded my vocabulary around the time I … [Read More...]

I stole from a waitress

I had never possessed half-dollar coins in all my life.  Granted, at the time I had lived just thirteen or fourteen years.  When I saw the shiny nickel likeness of John F. Kennedy resting on the table unattended, I knew that was my chance to have them as my … [Read More...]

Common childhood advice that is simply wrong

It’s not enough to just be good at the work you do.  You also need to cultivate the perception others have in your work. Perception matters, whether your aim is to educate prospective customers, woo your lover, or seek a promotion from your supervisor. Like … [Read More...]

How to win in the game of life

“I don’t remember where I was when I realized life was a game. The more seriously I took things, the harder the rules became.” --lyrics from “À Tout le Monde” by Megadeth. Life isn’t fair.  As my own means of coping (and flourishing) in this absurd world … [Read More...]