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Monday Morning Boost: My Blessed Canyon Home

Monday Morning Boost: My Blessed Canyon Home

“My Blessed Canyon Home Waits Long For My Return, For Long Now Have I Been Away” These soulful words of composer Jay Richards, written about his “Blessed Canyon Home” of Cache Valley, echo deep within my wanting soul earlier this summer at a live performance of this beautiful composition. The occasion was at the Utah State University Alumni Band’s Patriotic Celebration where Jay led the Cache Children’s Choir performing his original piece. Cache Valley has been our home since 1991…

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Monday Morning Boost: Darryl Alder Helped Me Discover My Best

Monday Morning Boost: Darryl Alder Helped Me Discover My Best

Darryl Alder became my very first Scoutmaster when I turned 11. It didn’t take long for me to discover what kind of leader he really was. A few weeks after my early summer birthday we were at an 11-year-old Scout Day Camp at Maple Grove Campground near our home in Richfield, Utah. Our day was filled with activities, skits, food and fun. We worked on merit badge requirements and passed off tying knots. The whole event, beside teaching us how…

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Monday EVENING Boost: Yes, Evening

Monday EVENING Boost: Yes, Evening

Okay, it’s not Monday morning. I know. Actually, it just may be Tuesday morning when you’re reading this. Here’s the deal. I escaped to the mountains and took some time off. In fairness, I had planned to have today’s Monday Morning Boost set to send at 6am today. Then… Isn’t there always a then, or more often a but… Then I buried myself in work, and pushed through a newsletter project for my church, and totally forgot about the Monday…

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Monday Morning Boost: “Let’s Start An Airline!”

Monday Morning Boost: “Let’s Start An Airline!”

I’m a passionate believer in pursuing business dreams. I’m passionate about creating stories of success. I’m also passionate about strategically analyzing opportunities, risk factors, market conditions, demand for services, competition, capital requirements, available financial resources, growth strategies, legalities, etc. Do we need to understand all of these things before pursuing a business opportunity? Most certainly not. Just think of the many stories of businesses that got started on a napkin at a restaurant. Legend has it Southwest Airlines was started…

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Monday Morning Boost: Finding Our Silent Voice

Monday Morning Boost: Finding Our Silent Voice

When we allow our voice to be silenced, such as I did for many years because I felt invisible and of no worth, we allow others to become our voice. Others end up speaking for us by deciding how we feel because we don’t express how we feel. Others decide what we believe because we don’t express what we believe. Others sometimes react to our silence as if we had spoken volumes. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Our lives begin…

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You Have A Choice: Dwell In Darkness Or Create The Light

You Have A Choice: Dwell In Darkness Or Create The Light

We each have a choice today. And every other day. We can choose to see overwhelming challenges of life, which there are many, or we can choose to see the opportunities of life, which there are also many. We also have another choice. We can choose to dwell in the overwhelming darkness of challenges, which takes no effort, or we can choose to create the light of opportunity, which takes significant effort. Either way, whichever choice we make, others will…

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Monday Morning Boost: “Do you really want the grease?”

Monday Morning Boost: “Do you really want the grease?”

“Do you really want the grease?” That’s the question Seth Godin recently posed in one of his daily blogs. Okay, first of all, a daily blog??? Yep. The quintessential father of “Permission Marketing” writes a daily blog. Some are short. Some are long. Each is highly valued. So the next time you think you’re sending too many emails… But on to the grease. In the age-old adage, “The squeaking wheel gets the grease,” the idea is the one who complains…

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Monday Morning Boost: Building A New Tribe

Monday Morning Boost: Building A New Tribe

I lost a tribe a few years back. It was hard. Really hard. It’s still hard at times bumping into some of my old tribe, though not near as hard as at first. The anger is mostly gone as is most of the hurt. Most of the time I feel at peace because I’m in a much better position. I’ve extended a lot of forgiveness and hope the lost tribe has as well. I gloat sometimes knowing I got the…

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Red Edge Perspective: Let Your Voice Be Heard

Red Edge Perspective: Let Your Voice Be Heard

When it comes to politics it can be challenging having our voice heard, especially if we come from a small town or don’t have the opportunity to connect with political leaders. Every city, town, and community in our beautiful state has a rich heritage, is full of hardworking people who have a voice that deserves to be heard. in 2020 Utah will elect a new governor. The first publically declared candidate is the current Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox. As…

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Monday Morning Boost: All Is Still Good In The World

Monday Morning Boost: All Is Still Good In The World

To be home is heaven A quiet assurance All is still good In a world that Clamors to say Otherwise. I wrote this little gem last week inspired by my friend Max Brown who was enjoying a quiet moment at home after traveling. Such is the gift of being home or feeling at home. While home is most generally felt at the place we actually call home, I have found the feeling of home exists in many ways and many…

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