Monthly Archives: August 2015

Volcano Management


It’s not the will to win with that matters.  Everyone has that.  It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.

– Paul “Bear” Bryant

Dear Jack ~ Volcano management is tricky business.  Forecasters attempt for decades to predict when and if certain seismic shifts are at bay and the impact that may have on populations et al.  All of this is accomplished with a subtle undertone of uncertainty and a strong helping of preparation.  Lack thereof can change the planet for generations to come.

I don’t believe in luck.  I believe in preparation. 

The only constant in life is change and its cousin, uncertainty.  There is no doubt about that.  We must be consistently take intellectual inventory of what might, can, and may happen as life can deal us hands of mixed color.  It’s adaptability that warrants winners.

Your moneyball arrives at the intersection of preparation, will and determination.  Outwork and out prepare your competition and you will win; you don’t, you won’t.

Every battle is won before it’s ever fought.


Exit Safe Zone; Enter Faith Zone


Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.

– Rosa Luxemburg

Dear Jack ~ I knew that I knew that I knew it was time to make a leap.  Sometimes in life we wait for the sea to part before getting off the boat and that is a guaranteed formula for a life mediocrity, normalcy, and safety.  Let your faith be bigger than your fears.

You’ve had good enough be good enough for long enough.

Nothing wrong with planning and plotting but sometimes you have to get a foot in the water and make a horizontal shift from the safe zone into the faith zone.  Faith and hope are powerhouse phenomena and ones that we must harness and use routinely with great enthusiasm.

We have to be comfortable being uncomfortable; that is where genius happens.  And always remember that faith does not make things easy, it makes them possible.


A Global Village

Wonderful Bayside Norwegian Village HD Desktop Background

One cannot always tell what it is that keeps us shut in, confines us, seems to bury us, but still one feels certain barriers, certain gates, certain walls. Is all this imagination, fantasy? I do not think so. And then one asks: My God! Is it for long, is it for ever, is it for eternity? Do you know what frees one from this captivity? It is very deep serious affection. Being friends, being brothers, love, that is what opens the prison by supreme power, by some magic force.

– Vincent van Gogh, letter to his brother, July 1880

Dear Jack ~ I’m writing this note from the Norwegian coast where we have just witnessed some of the most beautiful countryside on this ever-flattening planet.  We set sail from Denmark, made a pit stop in Norway, and are now on our way up to Iceland by way of the Faroe Islands.  Aside from the majestic scenery has been the amazing people we have met along the way.  We have visited fishing villages that give new meaning to “off the grid”, whereby electricity, running water and refrigeration has yet to reach civilization.

What these individuals lack in modern day amenities, they more than make up for in their prioritization of family, ancestral culture and just good ole’ fashioned positive spirit.  While many lay claim to the intellectual patent of God, Faith, Family, Work, it’s quite a sight to see that at work across the globe.  Many family-centric cultures house multiple generations under one roof outside of America and that further contributes to a strong sense of familial heritage and the passage of time honored traditions from generation to generation.

As a friend once said, the world truly is a global village now and our neighborhood spans the globe.  We share a common bond with our brethren from across the pond and must remember the universal commonality that the longest journey any of use will take is the from our head to our heart.

Decide Not To Decide


Dear Jack ~ Life is a series of decisions and sometimes a simple pause is all that is required.  When facing decisions, weighing options, or traversing tough challenges we must take heed in the process and learn to slow down.

It’s the journey, not the destination.  A wise man once told me if a decision can be reachd in under two minutes to execute and create momentum with enthusiasm.  We must also ensure we’re making the right decision in light of whatever circumstances we’re facing… or do we?

Life is an experiment and changing your mind is easy when you operate on a vertical playing field.  Course corrections are plausable in today’s world; just ensure they’re your decisions and not others.  In life you will run into attempts to hijack the steering wheel; pay them no mind and rise.  Embrace the art of the pause; dig deep, search your soul and execute with determination and fervor and the road to life will be paved.