Separating Families is Bad Policy, Wrong, and Cruel

Separating Families is Bad Policy, Wrong, and Cruel

Separating families is bad policy, plainly wrong, and cruel. On the surface, it could seem “staying away” from the wall is the answer. Unfortunately, or perhaps, fortunately, it’s much more complicated than simply staying away from the wall. If I was a dad living in Mexico, and faced with a severely corrupt government, extreme poverty, violence on the street, sickness and disease, and no future, I would do everything I could to find something better. I would even walk across…

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Monday Morning Boost: Millions of Ways to Say YES!

Monday Morning Boost: Millions of Ways to Say YES!

When a child expresses their desire to do something that seems impossible, or maybe just impractical, there are millions of ways to say it can’t be done… I don’t have time, not now, we’ll do that another day, you’re not old enough, you’re not strong enough, you can’t do it, that’s too far, too hard, what are you thinking, I don’t think so, let’s do something else instead. And the best one of all… No. Unfortunately, this childhood riddle is…

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Keep Your Chin Up, Son

Keep Your Chin Up, Son

It’s a wonderful blessing we have of being fathers. Even with all the challenges of raising kids, even with the self doubts that may discourage our efforts, and even with those times we feel we may have failed, there is incredible joy to be discovered every day being a father. I’m grateful today for the many fathers who figured a role in my life, particularly my own father. Of all Dad’s example which permeate through my life, when times were…

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Stop Putting Out Fires And Start Slaying Dragons!

Stop Putting Out Fires And Start Slaying Dragons!

Next Thursday is a big day! I will be joining my good friend, Mark McKenna, for an exclusive webinar presentation called “3 Ways to Maximize Productivity without Sacrificing Your Sanity.” Mark is a performance coach and trainer and the creator of “Put Out the Fires,” a whimsical children’s book with an unforgettable message for businesses, teams, and organizations that has become an incredible tool for helping professionals fight fewer fires at work. How? By slaying dragons of course!  In the free webinar training,…

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Monday Morning Boost: My Personal Mantra

Monday Morning Boost: My Personal Mantra

My personal mantra… The story I most consistently tell myself will be the story that most consistently comes true in my life. So I tell myself a better a story! Every day. Every moment. I tell myself a better story. When I want to give up, I get back to work and tell myself a better story. When I crash, I get back up and tell myself a better story. When I succeed, I strive to be grateful and tell…

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5 Tips For A Successful Expo Experience To Gain The Red Edge

5 Tips For A Successful Expo Experience To Gain The Red Edge

Trade shows, expos, home and garden shows, county fairs, community events,  networking, and similar events can be a great way to advertise your products or services if you do them right. I have enjoyed working with and helping promote different events over the years. Here in northern Utah, I helped create and then manage for several years the Cache Valley Home & Garden Show and helped expand and grow the Logan Gift Show. Here are five key principles I’ve learned that…

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Monday Morning Boost: Journey ‘Round The Bend

Monday Morning Boost: Journey ‘Round The Bend

Does one write poetry  As in an assemblage of words Or is it a process of creation More akin to guiding a sheep herd? Robert Frost suggests, “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” Emotion, finding thought, finding words was the case of this little gem, inspired by one who out of her pain gave strength to others. From our pain We give strength to others Lessening our burden By relieving theirs. Poetry does not…

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Monday Morning Boost: The Borgstrom Brothers

Monday Morning Boost: The Borgstrom Brothers

Alben and Gunda Borgstrom sent five of their six sons to war. Only one came home alive. The Borgstrom brothers were unknown to me before yesterday. And so was their story. LeRoy, Clyde, Rolon, and Rolun Borgstrom were four brothers who were killed during World War II. They were from Garland, Utah, the next valley over from Cache Valley where we live in northern Utah. I was introduced to their story Sunday while listening to Music and the Spoken Word. Ironically, I was writing…

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What Courage Means to Me

What Courage Means to Me

Memorial Day is our time as a nation to remember those who have gone before. Specifically, it’s our time to remember those who have given their lives in service to our country. Cemeteries come to life with scented flowers and fluttering flags. Families gather to remember. History is shared. Connections are remembered. I wrote this little poem a couple years ago as we placed flowers on family graves in the Logan City Cemetery – Flowers remember a moment in time…

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Monday Morning Boost: Are You An Impostor?

Monday Morning Boost: Are You An Impostor?

Every Monday afternoon I meet with my Red Edge business team. Last week’s meeting went really well. I shared my big vision, we explored ideas and discussed our progress. But later on that evening my mind went to work against me. You’re no good. You can’t do this. You are an impostor. Yep. I am a fraud. A fake. I’m not good at what I say I’m good at. Not really. But at times I feel like I am. When these…

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