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3 Posts You Need to Read


This blog is a place to share my thoughts, and at the same time it's not all about me. I try to make it about whoever reads here and how I can help them in some way. And usually it's an outflow of whatever I'm reading, thinking about, or talking about with friends.

Today in the spirit of that I'd like to share with you three posts by other people that have really stopped me in my tracks the past week.

Enjoy.

Why Your Idea Isn't Spreading 
Every leader, business owner, pastor, or person who seeks to be an influencer in ANY way seriously needs to read this!!! This post has become my new checklist of things to personally watch out for, so that I don't become off track/irrelevant/or just flat out ungodly in my leadership style.

How I Went to Prison 
The story of Jeremy Myers, a former pastor who was fired from a Christian non-profit in Dallas, and lost everything but his wife and kids in the aftermath.  His crime???  READING BOOKS. Seriously. This is an incredible story, shared by my friend, Jeff Goins.

Paterno Won Sweeter Deal Even As Scandal Played Out
There are really no words to describe the insanity of the details this article contains. If you haven't already been shocked out of your wits by the Penn State scandal, this is the topper. A fascinating study in FAILED LEADERSHIP.  Let's all take note of what NOT TO DO.


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