Bookshelf

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.

1st Peter 4:10 "Each of you should use whatever gift you have to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. "

Prose and Poetry

The Man in the Glass - Peter Dale Winbrow Sr.

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.

The Man in the Arena - Teddy Roosevelt

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

If - Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

    But make allowance for their doubting too;   

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:


If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   

    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

    And treat those two impostors just the same;   

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:


If you can make one heap of all your winnings

    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

    And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’


If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   

    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

    If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   

    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!. 

Interviews, Podcasts, and Lectures

Remarks | Tom Brady

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

TED: The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding |  John Wooden