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Where’s The Training?

If you think about it, every job, from flipping burgers at McDonalds to performing open heart surgery requires training.  Some more than others… but you must learn and train.  Take for example you have a job at Lowes.  You first work as an associate in a particular department.  You learn customer service skills, stocking shelves in the right place and with the right safety issues.  Then, one day your boss…

Nothing Like the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Two posts in a row here about the Dallas Stars and the Stanley Cup playoffs… but I was at game 6 to watch the Stars beat the Ducks last night, eliminating the Ducks and moving on to round 2.  You talk about exciting!  I don’t think I’ve ever been in an arena that was more intense, electric, loud, and fun.  The place was hoppin! When Robida scored in the 3rd…

In The Presence of the Cup!

I am all about hockey.  I’ve had a blast this past season as a partial season ticket holder to the Dallas Stars.  Last night was the first playoff game I’ve been to, and it just made me realize that there is no other playoff series like Stanley Cup hockey.  Football, baseball, soccer, basketball… none come even close to the intensity, speed, tenacity, skill, determination, and perseverance that it takes to…

Getting Out Of Debt

About 12 years ago when I came home from Africa, I was up to my eyes in credit card debt.  It wasn’t that I was living high on the hog, it was just simply debt we had accumulated while living, and then some rather large expenses associated with the circumstances of our coming home.  Eight years later, we were completely debt free… that is of credit card debt.  We still…

If You Lost It All

We had some pretty nasty storms come through Dallas last night.  Some places got wiped out, leaving many to start all over. While there are many philosophical and spiritual directions to take this question, I just want to focus on career.  If you lost it all, what would you do in starting over.  However it got taken away from you.  If you had to start at zero or below, what…

Babel – Lame Movie

I’m not sure if you’ve seen Babel yet, but let me give you story line real quick: Two young boys from Morrocco shoot an American woman who is a tourist with her husband.  The rifle is actually registered to a top business executive in Japan whose daughter is a nympho, deaf mute.  While the American couple is vacationing in Morrocco, their kids are being kept by an illegal who takes…

Remodeling Finished

About 6 weeks ago several of our friends from our church came over and helped us tear down a room off our house.  It’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for a couple of years.  A major gas leak got us jump started.  We fixed the gas leak, tore down the structure, and hauled it all away.  That revealed some problems with the house that needed to be fixed. …

Choosing a New Direction

For approximately 6-9 months I have been planning a new direction for the next few years of my life.  The primary purpose of this direction is to eventually sell off everything I have online, invest completely in real estate, and retire.  I had always hoped to retire by the age of 45.  I’m 42 now, so I think I’ll miss that by a bit.  I figured it is going to…

I Need Some Help!

Let me qualify that. I need some help in planning a vacation for my family this summer.  I have the late winter blues right now, when you get tired of the bare trees, no flowers, wet weather, long sleeves, and the lack of holiday time. Anyway, I have choices to make for this summer.  I have been saving for awhile, and want to do something for my family this summer. …

A New Generation – “Work From Home”

Found a great article that I had to pass along.  I included a snippet from the article and then a link to go and read the rest.  Very good stuff for you to reference. “For decades in American households the most dreaded morning sound was that of an alarm clock. Sometime between 6 and 7am a beep or radio music signaled that it was time to get up and head…

Larry Norman – The Father of Christian Rock

Back in the summer of 1984 I attended a Christian rock festival called Cornerstone.  My friend Matt and I slept in a tent for 4 days, drank a couple cases of Moutain Dew, ate a ton of peanut butter, and listened to some classic Christian groups like AD, Jerusalem, The Daniel Band, and about 30 other groups.  One individual who was there was Larry Norman.  Larry was the pioneer of…

Customer Service – Two Issues

What do you think of customer service these days?  Well, there are a couple of issues that I feel are worth mentioning. Before I go into the issues, you need to understand a definition of customer service.  This is hard… “To Serve The Customer.” The First Issue – I’m not really talking about customer service at a place like Walmart… where there is virtually zero customer service.  In fact I would…