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    Grit: The Lost Virtue

    For those of you who grew up in the rural south, you will be able to relate to the way I was raised.  Out in Nowhere, U.S.A., important lessons are learned every day.  As a kid growing up there, I had a list of responsibilities that I had to take care of every day-feeding the animals, taking care of the lawn, getting firewood, etc.  There was emphasis on certain values that are congruent with that lifestyle.  Character qualities like perseverance, diligence, fighting for your...  Read More...

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    Where are the Heroes? - Pt 2

    In my last article, I talked about gaining strength by following the example of fictional heroes. However, there are of course heroes in real life as well. These are the men and women who are out there making a real difference and impact on their world.   Read More...

  • Where are the Heroes? Part 1

      When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A ninja? A pirate?   Read More...

  • Through the Fire

    I still remember my first day walking into a martial arts school- the same one I train and teach at 15 years later. At just five years old, i was possibly more shy than any kid I have ever met. I remember hiding behind my Dad's leg, unsure of what to think about the class going on in front of me.   Read More...