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Okay, if you have not yet seen Simon Sinek’s TED talk on Start with Why, go ahead and see the clip…it is worth it.

my_why_bluprintMy personal mission – live authentically, live intentionally, live passionately – is something I’ve had for quite a few years now. It is part of me, and it describes my aspirational self…I don’t always hit the mark, but I work each day to do so. However, as I have been reflecting on it, I’ve come to realize that as sound as that mission is, as much as it is who I want to be, I had never truly articulated my Why. It has always been there, but I have never been brave enough to put it “out there” publicly. I have also never gone the other way and articulated publicly how I believe I live my mission. So the task before me was to do just that. Read the rest of this entry »


So, what did I do over the holiday vacation? Thanks for asking…

The university closes for the week between Christmas and New Year’s…as both dates fell on Sunday this year, I got a few bonus days (always a plus). This is my time to unplug (almost), relax with my family, not get up at 5 AM (or at least return to bed after feeding the cats), run a little more, eat a little more, etc. It’s also time to have significant, focused time in my wood shop.

This year, I had a special treat. A few weeks ago, I came into possession of a very old church pew…rumored to be 100+ years old, native red oak, and no longer serviceable as a bench…fixing it would have been a major undertaking, and the previous owners had no sentimental value attached to the thing. It did, however, have enough sections of decent wood on it to make something…but what? Read the rest of this entry »

There is a clip from the movie 300 that I mark as a favorite on YouTube and occasionally revisit. Most times, I watch it just prior to a Michigan State football or basketball game (for obvious reasons…if you don’t understand, you’re not a Spartan, and I’m sorry for you). For some unknown reason, I opened that clip this morning, and became inspired to write…

In the scene, the Arcadians, led by Daxos (played by Andrew Pleavin), meet up with King Leonidas (Gerard Butler), the leader of the Spartans. Daxos and his men are prepared to fight the Persians alongside Leonidas and his men, but the Arcadian leader is surprised that Leonidas brought only 300 soldiers. What follows is a classic reply in the vein of “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog” and definitely worth watching:

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On a daily basis, I recite to myself a very simple mantra: do the right thing for the right reason. Some days, I need to recite this mantra at several different times…some days I have to recite it every half hour.

My job in many ways is about balancing “right things”. Read the rest of this entry »