It’s All Downhill From Here

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“I think sports teaches you a lot about yourself.” She ought to know. That’s Lindsey Vonn talking about herself and her life as America’s current premier female downhill skier. Actually, that does not complete the picture of Vonn’s place in history. As long as Americans have been involved in competitive … Read More

Goals: Great for Sports, Lousy for Life – Part 1

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I have to admit that I like to make provocative little comments in casual conversations, such as the one which is also the title of this article, just to get people thinking. What does he mean by that? It works! Sometimes it sparks a friendly and enlightening debate. And that … Read More

The Right Kind of Experience (How To Be an Expert: The Aaron Trolia Way)

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Experience Is The Way to Become an Expert At Anything. Right? What does it take to become an expert at something? Well, if you talk to best-selling author and storyteller Malcolm Gladwell, he would say you will achieve expert status at pretty much anything you spend at least 10,000 hours doing. … Read More

How to Be an Obstacle Blaster

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Recently I came across the following status update posted by a Facebook friend: “I grew up with a stern and often angry parent. It affected me to the degree I’m often stern and admittedly too often angry — It has sometimes caused me, and I’m sorry to say my family, … Read More

Forgiveness Q & A – How Many Times?

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Q:           I remember a story in the Bible where Jesus was asked how many times we should forgive the same person. He said you should forgive hundreds of times. This is one of the reasons I do not believe in the Bible. How is there any wisdom or practicality … Read More

Forgiveness Q & A – If This Person Could, Then You Can – Part 2

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Forgiving a Monster This, like Part 1, has the Q & A in inverse. In other words, I’ll ask the question and you provide the answer. First, another true story. Friends, I’d like to introduce you to a friend of humanity, Eva Mozes Kor (pictured to the right), the Auschwitz … Read More

The Possum and The Big Why

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I love to tell the story of the night, many years ago, I was taking a couple of young people home from a youth group activity. Tim, the teenager in the front passenger seat, lived a few miles out of town. This particular night was very dark. We were on … Read More

Picture How This Photographer Shoots For Success – PART 1

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…While Helping “Average” People Make a Great First Impression   We have all been there, standing in the checkout line at the grocery store. Our eyes seem to have a mind of their own. We don’t want to look, but we do. Our gaze wanders from headline to headline, heralding … Read More

The Teacher Is the Student Series – #6

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This series contains ways that you can supercharge anything you’re learning; anything you want to internalize; anything you want to become more competent at, no matter the topic. If you do the things suggested in this series… * You will learn faster * You will comprehend difficult, new concepts more … Read More

The Teacher Is the Student Series – #4

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This series contains ways that you can supercharge anything you’re learning; anything you want to internalize; anything you want to become more competent at, no matter the topic. If you do the things suggested in this series… * You will learn faster * You will comprehend difficult, new concepts more … Read More

Integrity Appears Out of the Unseen – Gossip Part 2

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We are right to feel horrible about ourselves when we’ve participated in gossip. In a figurative sense, we’ve thrown a rock through the living room window of the person we are talking about. We’ve spray-painted a vulgar message on their garage. We have harmed that person’s reputation by abiding the … Read More

When a Barrier Is Not an Obstacle – Part 3

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The addition of sound-absorbing curtains in the dining room at Salty’s, a popular out-of-the-way waterfront restaurant near Federal Way, Washington, has been popular with both Salty’s guests and the staff. Very smart. There are two great life lessons we can apply from the stroke of marketing (and pragmatic) genius described … Read More

Tim’s TV

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My good friend, Tim, attached his flat screen television to a wall mount – the kind that allows the screen to be turned to the right or left – and installed it on the wall. He then sat down and watched a movie. It worked just fine. Then Don came … Read More

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