How To Face Your Fears And Get Over 1000 People To Pick Up Your Book

Scared was an understatement.

I had just opened my first shipment of books. The smell of that box is forever stamped in my memory. I was excited to experience a reality I had only dreamt about years earlier. That was until I started thumbing through the pages.

At first there was one.

Then were were two.

They started to add up.

Why where there so many mistakes in my book?

Maybe it was because I was a self-published author on a shoe string budget which required me to do most of the editing myself. Maybe it was because I needed to wait a few more months (or years) before everything was perfect? Maybe it was because I had no idea what I was doing?

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Don’t Always Start From Scratch

A friend listed me in the acknowledgement section of his devotional book.

I along with 5 others were credited with keeping him from “reinventing the wheel”.  He had spoken to all of us about our writing journey. My encouragement to him was to glean everything you can from others who have published before you. Take what works and fit it to your context. There was no need to start from scratch.

Years ago BASF, a chemical company, produced a commercial about their work. Their simple message was they don’t make the stuff that is important to you. They make the stuff that is important to you better. In a sense, BASF is in the business of shining and polishing wheels that have already been invented.

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The Price of Fandom

I tell people that I grew up in Detroit. 


Technically, this is true. I was born and raised in Pontiac, Michigan, a city listed as part of the Metropolitan Detroit area. Google “Metropolitan Detroit” and you’ll see what I mean. The conversation always becomes interesting when people ask what part of Detroit I’m from and I mention a city 30 minutes away. If this conversation takes place near someone who is from the actual city, they always smirk.

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A Recipe For A Good Year


2016 was a good year.

I ended the year with a healthy family, a list of accomplished goals, and a renewed sense of purpose. At the beginning of 2016 I vowed to have a more productive year than previous years. Instead of making a list of resolutions I committed to a plan that I was going to live out.

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Investing In Yourself

On the day after Christmas I entered a bravery contest.

I went to the mall.

It felt like a gladiator arena.

The place was crawling with people.

There were long lines, short tempers, and apparently deep pockets as people capitalized on the after Christmas sales.

Before all was said and done our family had spent 5 hours in the melee.

That’s right 5 hours.

A momentary respite came on a visit to the bookstore in the mall.

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3 Things Riding Shotgun Can Teach You About Supportive Leadership

Before you’re old enough to drive there is one coveted privilege associated with riding in a car.

Do you have any idea what it is?

Tell a group of teens that you’re taking them anywhere and before their hands hit the car (or van) door some will usually scream out, “Shotgun!”

Yep that’s the coveted spot. A seat to yourself make you feel more important than those sharing the bench in the back. Even as adults if we have a choice we prefer the front passenger seat instead of staring at headrests. Continue reading “3 Things Riding Shotgun Can Teach You About Supportive Leadership”