In My Mind’s Eye

Mind’s Eye: the mental faculty of conceiving imaginary or recollected scenes  ~Merriam-Webster By the time I was in a summer traveling baseball league in middle school, I had been visualizing my success for a couple of years. With a cassette tape recorder and earphone to boost my imagination, I would lay on my bed or sit […]

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You still have your childhood

In 2011 I watched the movie “Moneyball” 12 times in theatres. Afterward, I bought the DVD and have watched and listened to portions of the movie weekly ever since. The story is filled, beginning to end, with lessons about business, life, and leadership. This week I saw “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” for the fifth […]

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The Lifelong Learner

All of my immediate family members were long-time assembly line worker, factory types. The holiday meal was often surrounded by discussions of possible strikes, unions, and “job-bumping.” Great people and hard working. In the fall of 1989, I was traveling in a car with some co-workers to a team-building weekend at Black River Development Center […]

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Training Grounds

Steven Curtis Chapman is the most prolific singer/songwriter in the history of contemporary Christian music. He has won five Grammys, 58 Dove Awards, and has sold more than 10 million albums. In May 2008, Chapman lost his daughter, Maria Sue, in a tragic accident in the driveway of their home. She was five years old. […]

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Throw me a rope.

I love encouraging people and I love being encouraged. There’s a shortage of encouragement. Gordon Dixon worked in the prison near Ionia. My dad always referred to him by his full name. I remember the summers when I was eight and nine years old and Gordon Dixon would stop over. He and my dad would sit […]

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I can’t, I get too tired.

Wendy did the math for me one night. I had asked her “how much would my life expand if I stretched each day by one hour?” The formula in my head included how long I’ll live if I have it my way, including staying healthy and active. She grabbed her phone, opened the calculator and […]

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Unexpected Inspiration

Inspiration can come from unexpected places, people or events. If you can turn the inspiration into action, you’ll often find pathways to help others win. I was having coffee with my dear friend Susan when I recounted meeting Hall of Fame Detroit Lion and childhood hero Lem Barney 15 years ago. As I was telling […]

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