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Verses

Growing up, my mom has always reminded me of Luke 12:48, "And to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom they commit much, of him will they ask the more." I feel like I am someone who has been blessed with so much and I try to use this verse as a reminder to use that blessing for something greater.

Prose and Poetry

The Man in the Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.

For it isn’t your father, or mother, or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.

He’s the fellow to please – never mind all the rest
For he’s with you, clear to the end
And you’ve passed your most difficult, dangerous test
If the man in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

Peter Dale Winbrow Sr.

The Man in the Arena

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. 

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; 

who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; 

but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; 

who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, 

so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. 

President Theodore Roosevelt

Interviews, Podcasts, and Lectures

Tom Brady Opens up - 7th Ring Motivation MJ or Belichick | Enemies | Style of Leadership

I would never have described myself as a Tom Brady fan before watching this. As someone who spent a lot my childhood rooting for the Seahawks, I despised the Patriots for what they did to my team in the 2015 Superbowl Championship. 

But watching this interview I was blown away by his drive, discipline, and storytelling ability, and I guess I am now a fan. I immediately started texting this video to friends to convince them to watch it. There is a lot to learn in this conversation. And he might just be the GOAT. 

10.18.2023

Randy Pausch's Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams


Are you a giver or a taker? | Adam Grant

University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address - Admiral William H. McRaven