3 Questions to Ask before You Write a Book

Twenty-five years ago, a preacher wrote a book that he thought could help women break free of addictions, poverty, abuse, and crime. At first, no publishers were interested in the book. Eventually, the preacher found a publisher willing to publish the book. But the preacher had to contribute thousands of dollars towards the publication. The…

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3 Books That Will Revive Your Year

When I went away to college, I was terrified of flunking out. I had to take college algebra my first semester, and math was my weakest subject. I failed the class, but before final grades were submitted, I met with the professor. I don’t know what I said, but I cried. Hard. He had mercy…

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Big Mistakes that Smart People Make

A few days ago, I learned that a well-respected attorney in my community had not paid his personal or corporate income taxes for eight years. What! Huh? But you know what, I don’t have to pick up a newspaper or review a case file to find out about dumb stuff that people do. I can…

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5 Goal Achieving Strategies

Misty Copeland was the middle child of six. Her parents divorced, and her mother remarried and divorced two more times. Eventually, Misty and her family were living in a motel. Misty was a quiet, nervous child when she was first introduced to ballet at an after school program. She quickly learned that she had a…

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How to Forgive Your Father

People are often surprised to learn that my late father was a minister. When they try to label me a “PK”, “preacher’s kid,” I tell them, I’m not really a preacher’s kid since I didn’t grow up in my father’s house. My parents divorced when I was a toddler. My father remarried. His new wife…

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How to Avoid a Summer Slump

We hear about children losing academic progress over the summer. Merchants are figuring out ways to combat summer sales slumps. When the weather is nice, we want to slow down and enjoy life a bit more. If you set goals, you’re probably tempted to take a few weeks off for the summer. If you feel…

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Three Reasons to Say No

“Learn how to say no. Don’t let your mouth overload your back.” The late business philosopher Jim Rohn warned that we over commit ourselves when we say yes to too many opportunities. It sounds selfish to say no to people and to worthy causes. We are all good at many things but only great at…

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How to Conquer Your Excuses

You want to save money, but. You want to get a better job, but. You want to start exercising, but. You have a dream, something you want to do, but. What’s your but? You can conquer your but once and for all. Here’s how. 1. Be honest with yourself. Do you really want to accomplish…

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What I Learned from My Mother

The first recorded battle between my mother and me occurred when I was three years old. According to my mother, she had swatted my behind several times, and I refused to cry. Finally, I looked her in the eye and said, “You’re stupid.” While I don’t remember that incident, it sounds like something I would…

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Can You Really Trust This Advice?

Nasty Gal founder, Sophia Amoruso appeared on the cover of Success magazine. In the accompanying article, she shared her story of being arrested for shoplifting, having nothing and eventually starting an eBay store that would be the beginning of her clothing empire. According to the article in Success, Amoruso had a Netflix series in the…

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