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Abraham Lincoln

  Abraham Lincoln letter to dispirited cadet at West Point: “Allow me to assure you, it is a perfect certainty that you will very soon feel better, quite happy, if you will only stick to the Resolution you have taken to procure a military education. I am older...

Shameless Persistence

One day Jesus’s disciples asked him how to pray—which is hilarious when you think about it: they were talking with Jesus (aka God) asking him, ‘How should we talk with you?’ Remarkably, Jesus gives them the lay of land. Here’s how it works, fellas: be stubborn,...

Plan for Tomorrow, but live for Today

“Plan for tomorrow, yes, but live for Today”—Tommy Barnett   A longtime friend recently reminded me to ‘Work with your margins, maintain your balance, and be less critical of yourself. Recall your earlier life when you always lived ‘in the future’, always dreamed...

Desire, Dreams & Goals

“True desire in the heart for anything good is God’s proof to you, sent beforehand to indicate that it’s yours already. That itch that you have to be whatever you want to be—on the camera, on the stage, behind the stage…—that itch, that desire is God’s proof to you...

Solving Problems: Step One

  A mentor once told me whenever I have a problem, the first thing to do is step to the mirror and ask, “Could it be me? Am I the source of the problem? am I doing something wrong here? Is my behavior offensive? my attitude skewed? Perhaps I’m not...