Sleeping Fishes

I’m thankful for the sleeping fishes. But I wasn’t always. When I was 5 years old my grandfather taught me to fish. I hated the sleeping fishes then. To a 5-year-old, the world is new and wondrous. Your Dad is the tallest man on earth. Your house a mansion, regardless of its size. Every patch of...

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When Dreams Reach Stars

There is a moment in every creative person’s life where their work touches enough people to the point that it can outlast even its creator. People judge a creative lifestyle – singing, writing, painting, designing, coding, etc. – through the lens of fame and fortune as though these are the only defining elements that...

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Crazy Fans

I'm the kid in the shorts. Content marketing, when done right, creates crazy fans that champion your ideas. These are people that are the people that become free evangelists of your brand, spreading the world to all who listen. Content marketing creates fans when traditional advertising creates do-not-call lists. Your choice. When I was around 12...

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The Puppet Master

You're a mute until the world hears you speak. Until then your voice is an invisible entity owned by no one, just another a conduit through which a puppet master speaks. Your voice in the world can be owned by a raving lunatic, or by a poor woodcarver named Mister Geppetto. Or it can...

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Fortune and Glory

"Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory." -Indiana Jones The phrase fortune favors the bold rings true in any life. There are those that dream of quitting their jobs and traveling the world, and then there are those that do it and make it work. What is the worth in doing something half-assed? In 1956 a...

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Jumping at Soldier Bluff

Fear is a fickle thing. It drives some to immeasurable heights while crushing others into oblivion. It can be both a tool and a curse. Some men are driven to run due to fear, others cower. Me? I jumped. --- The Soldier Bluff campsite rests on Lake Whitney's southern bank, near its dam, roughly 45 minutes...

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Voyager 1

On September 12, 2013, Voyager 1, the farthest man-made object from Earth, left the solar system. But things weren't always this way. Voyager 1 started with just an idea and a dream by NASA after a Grand Tour plan was proposed in the 1960s to study the outer planets of our solar system. In the...

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The Prince of Poyais

A day before Christmas in 1786, Gregor MacGregor was born to Daniel MacGregor and Ann Austin, a Scottish family living in Stirlingshire, Scotland. Not much is known of Gregor's early life, but it is known that at the age of 16, in 1803, he joined the British Army and served as an infantryman in...

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The War Against Creativity

Creating is hard. It's choosing to go to the point of no return and to commit to creating something new, unseen, not yet in existence, and something that will more than likely fail. Not creating is even harder though, it's the choice of putting your curiosity in a prison and throwing away the key....

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Racing the Sunset

Life is a race. The race to the finish line, the race to retirement, maybe the race for knowledge, power, or money. Whatever you're racing for in life, whatever the grand goal is, there's a chance you'll never meet it, that it will slip away, like the sunset over a beach. What if your...

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