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Be Coca-Cola or Pepsi

Be Coca-Cola or Pepsi

At some point early in graduate school, I had a powerful conversation with my mentor that I still remember today. In what seemed like an odd conversation starter, he asked me to think about the best known cola companies. “Who do you think is #1?” he asked me....
In the Exam of Life, Don’t Copy

In the Exam of Life, Don’t Copy

During high school and college, I took a lot of standardized exams. You probably took your fair share of these tests as well. You had a question packet, but you didn’t fill in your answers on the question packet. You bubbled in your answers on a separate page, and you...
Offer Something of Value

Offer Something of Value

I was working on a paper the other day, and I invited a colleague of mine to be a co-author. She had some really good ideas and insights about the topic of the paper, and she added some things that I hadn’t thought about before. She made the paper better, and I...
Why Become Excellent?

Why Become Excellent?

This post is Part 1 in a 5-part blog series on developing excellence. If you are like me, you probably want to become excellent at something. It might be your work. Or it might be a hobby, like chess or basketball. Perhaps you want to develop a relational skill, like...
John Wick and the Importance of ‘Doing You’

John Wick and the Importance of ‘Doing You’

Last weekend I went to the movies with a friend and saw John Wick. I think it was Keanu Reeves’ best movie since The Matrix. Or maybe since The Replacements 🙂 It was an entertaining film about an ex-hit man who comes out of retirement to track down gangsters who took...
Encourage ‘You’

Encourage ‘You’

I want to talk to you today about encouraging and celebrating the uniqueness in yourself and others. I recently returned from helping lead a college mission trip to Guatemala. One of the things I felt God leading me throughout the week was to recognize and appreciate...
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