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That’s All I Have To Say About That – Part 2

July 22, 2014
That’s All I Have To Say About That – Part 2

Forrest Gump had a few words to say about how to be successful in life.  Earlier, we shared five of his life lessons.  Today, we’re back to hear six more.  It’s Gump Wisdom.  And it’s timeless. “I gotta buy me one of them shrimpin’ boats as soon as I have some money.  I made me a promise to Bubba in Vietnam, that as soon as the war was over, we’d go in partners.” 6.  Keep your promises. Forrest made a promise and Forrest kept it.  He didn’t know how he would keep it.  He didn’t even rationalize how he could…

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That’s All I Have To Say About That

July 17, 2014
That’s All I Have To Say About That

We didn’t meet him in the middle of a triumph.  Or on the verge of success.  We didn’t get our first glimpse into the life of Forrest Gump while he was on a grand adventure, rescuing a damsel, winning an award, or overcoming a villain. He didn’t wear a superhero costume, have a catchy nickname, or dominate a room. He wasn’t popular, understood, or even acknowledged, most of the time. He was no one.  And that’s exactly where we met him: in a life disregarded. In 1994, this young boy from Greenbow County took us on a journey through history,…

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You Say You Want A Revolution

June 3, 2014
You Say You Want A Revolution

When the countdown ends, run.  Don’t grab a bow.  Don’t go for a backpack.  It’s all a death trap.  Just run.  If you want to survive, you head for the woods, you plan, you plot, you face only what comes at you, and you gain ground one inch at a time. That’s how Katniss Everdeen changed the game: a single battle at a time. The powerful.  The privileged.  They never saw the innocuous Katniss as a threat, which proves the underdog still has an unspeakable force. When the time came, patient-like and tempered, Katniss risked everything to go up against…

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Busy?…or Productive?

April 17, 2014
Busy?…or Productive?

The English language has lots of odd quirks.  Try eating a deserted dessert in the desert.  Bowing to a bow.  Tasting apple in a pineapple.  Finding quicksand that’s quick or a boxing ring that isn’t square. And that’s only the beginning.  Perhaps one of the oddest things about how we communicate is our pat answer phenomenon – the act of asking and answering questions with automatic responses.  Here are a few examples to illustrate this phenomenon: Q: “How are you?” A: “I’m fine.” Q: “What’s new with you?” A: “Not much.” Q: “How have you been?” A: “Busy.” It’s the…

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The Bad Rap of Being Shy

March 18, 2014
The Bad Rap of Being Shy

How do you solve a problem like Maria? First, surround her with seven precocious children.  Then, add a widowed Captain who needs dragged out of his reserved shell.  Splice in some singing because good harmony never hurt anyone.  Then watch Maria shine. For Fraulein Maria in The Sound of Music, that story works because of one important fact about her personality: she was an extrovert. “I can’t seem to stop singing wherever I am,” she admitted to Mother Abbess in her thick, blunt way from under her thick, blunt bangs. “And what’s worse, I can’t seem to stop saying things…

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The Good of Bad Jobs

February 6, 2014
The Good of Bad Jobs

We’re unsatisfied at work.  We’re so unsatisfied, in fact, we’ll spend our unsatisfactorily earned money to watch movies depicting the dissatisfaction. The Devil Wears Prada, aka Misery with Management, grossed over $300 million.  Office Space, aka Cubicle Purgatory, became a cult classic.  9 to 5, aka Secretaries Finally Get Even, became the 20th highest grossing comedy of all time. And that’s not even taking into consideration Clerks, Clerks 2, Clerks 3, Working Girl, The Secret of My Success, Fight Club, Reality Bites, American Beauty, and on and on. Big discontent is big business. Hollywood seems to grasp our penchant for feeling disconnected…

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