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Bettering Others and the World You Live In

Better Than Me

“Better than me”…every father’s ultimate aspiration for their child.  An instinctive ambition that supersedes everything else.  A level to which one would sacrifice every bit of personal happiness, joy, and success so that their children can lead a better life than they did.  Father’s Day Here is the dilemma I face every Father’s Day, to write about it or not write about it.  Why?  It’s very easy for me to write about Fatherhood because dad is my hero.  I could not have a better example to emulate than he.  Anytime I write, I strongly desire for it to be relatable.  The struggle with making a specific topic like

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Restless Nights

Restless nights come with the territory of leadership.  Restlessness can be set in motion from projects, tasks, and people consuming one’s mind.  Leadership minds are constantly burdened, always running in the direction towards problems and potential solutions. One of the greatest struggles of a leader is to find quality rest.  Theoretically this rest should come at night when the world slows down.  Maybe you can relate, but for me the challenge is when the world slows down, my mind picks up the pace.  It creates the space and place for all that was done, is being done, and what is to be done to awaken in my mind.

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Under Construction

Leaders are always under construction.  Demolishing ways of the old, building on established foundations, and finding innovative ways to build the future of the world.  It is a constant, never-ending process for those that desire to grow.     Lincoln Memorial Last week, I wrote about my daughter Ashtyn and I’s trip to Washington, D.C.  We squeezed everything we could into three days and two nights.  Our goal was to see as many of the memorials as time would permit.  Day one started at the National Mall with a long walk to the Lincoln Memorial.  It is one of my all-time personal favorites.  When we arrived, the memorial was

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Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery conjures up two unique feelings when you visit, solemn and majestic.  Few places qualify for that combination.  It is one of the most beautiful places on the face of the earth.  It offers a place for deep personal reflection and a deeper appreciation for others. Daddy Daughter Trip Shannon and I have always been intentional about creating experiences for the kids.  Our daughter, Ashtyn, just wrapped up her Junior year of high school.  The real world awaits her one year from now!  Back in March, the two of them went to New York City, New York for a few days. I chose Washington D.C. for

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Tearing It Down

Tearing it down is easier than building things up.  The process of tearing things down requires demolition, destruction, and ultimate disposal into a barren wasteland.  Building things up requires patience, planning, and execution.  The Tree House This past weekend we tore down the tree house I built for the kids about twelve years ago.  It was a labor of love constructed for Ashtyn and Grant to create memories in and build life-long friendships in.  From concept to completion, the project took about four months.  It started with a pencil sketch on a scratch sheet of paper developed from some solid guidance from my Paw Paw.   The tree house

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When The Good Leaders Are Gone

What do we do when the good leaders are gone?  Every generation has an inherent fear of who carries the torch.  Will there be someone to carry it? The Last Four Years World-wide pandemic, supply chain disruption, social unrest, global tensions, inflation, and unprecedented labor shortages.  Just a few of the challenges those who have led since January of 2020 have faced.  Tired, stressed, discouraged, criticized, defeated, short-handed, chaotic, disputed, questioned, imbalanced, instability, frustrated, overworked, isolated, challenged, disbelief, and anxious.  Just a few things that those who have led since January of 2020 have felt. Public servants, pastors, small business owners, police officers, educators, elected officials, restaurateurs, architects,

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How To Do More

How to do more?  That seems to be a question that we all wrestle with both personally and professionally.  The busyness of life and leadership demands more…but does not provide us with the necessary time to do more.  The world moves fast.  Our aspirations can exceed our abilities.  The intentions we have do not align with our direction.  We desire to do more, we just simply can’t.  Trying to figure out how to do more can be exhaustive at times.  We know what we want to do and where we want to go, it just seems like an insurmountable task to get there. So…since we don’t get more

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Where We Belong

Knowing where we belong is an important part of leadership.  The perspective puts us in the space and the place we are intended to be.  Coaching For the majority of my adult life, you could find me going from coaching baseball to football to wrestling.  Nonstop, year around.  One season to another.  I hung up my football coach whistle a few years ago.  I had always wanted Grant to play at a young age to develop discipline and have the opportunity to be a part of a team.  Once he got to middle school, it was his choice to continue to play.  He chose to focus on baseball

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Leaving Your Shoes

Leaving your shoes laying around is generally not a good practice.  It can spur getting your momma riled up, give dad something to trip over, or provide a snack for a new puppy.  Leaving Your Wrestling Shoes There is one place where the practice of leaving your shoes laying around is fully acceptable.  That location is in the center of a wrestling mat. It is a time-honored tradition for a wrestler to leave their shoes in the center of the mat after their last competitive match.  It symbolizes their retirement from the sport.  Olympic Trials  Wrestling has meaning in our household.  I was a wrestler, I coach wrestling,

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Person Behind The Title

There is always a person behind the title.  A job title is temporary in nature, a pathway to a paycheck that provides for our families and our future.  It is an important title, but not the most important one.     Umpires Many of my blog posts expand upon a thought from a random moment.  That moment came yesterday following our disappointing loss in the first round of the Training Legends 42 Classic, a tournament honoring the legacy of Jackie Robinson. As I was walking back to the dugout from shaking hands with the other team, the field umpire walked past me as he was exiting the field.  The

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