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Leadership Styles: What I uncovered hiking on Lookout Mountain.
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How to Become a Better Person: Build an Adventure Within You, and a New Adventure Will Come.
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How I Survived my First Year of Marriage, and Conquered the Selfishness!
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Making a Murderer: My own story through the Wisconsin justice system.
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How to Find God – The Convictions that Changed my Life.
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How to Become a Christian – Find Friends Who Will Help Lead You Out Of Your Prison.
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What is the American Dream? It Depends on the Reality you Choose to Invest in.
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Why Does God Allow Suffering? Suffering Can Tell Us Who We Are.
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Life After Prison: Remembering my First Day in Jail.
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How to Get a Job – My Unusual Experience Part 2

Leadership Styles: What I uncovered hiking on Lookout Mountain.

What makes a leader?  Why be a leader?  And, How to be a leader? I was visiting Colorado this past weekend.  While there, I pushed myself to explore new environments to find God far away from the comfortable home I’ve made in Minnesota.  When I do activities like this – activities that push me to my limits physically, emotionally, and spiritually –  I can’t help but daydream about my purpose in life and how I am going to fulfill it with the limited time I have alive on earth. Anyone can hike and climb a physical mountain.  But adventure I find most challenging is, how do we scale the vast[…]

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How to Become a Better Person: Build an Adventure Within You, and a New Adventure Will Come.

What happened to me?  I used to be so… unhappy, unorganized, unfocused, and confused inside. Somewhere along my life journey I changed.  I became honest, likable, responsible, driven, motivated, and productive?  Somehow, at some point, I changed from an entitled, ungrateful, manipulative human being into a man I am proud to be today. So how does a person make that change?  Without losing yourself in the process, how do you become a better person? I think the first step is targeting the stimuli which you are ingesting into your body, which is turning you into the person you’re not 100% happy with.  Our culture is full of rotten content, or[…]

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How I Survived my First Year of Marriage, and Conquered the Selfishness!

My wife and survived our first year of marriage by making it to our first anniversary last weekend!  At times, the journey wasn’t the most beautiful or graceful thing I’ve ever done.  My wife and I struggled at times, we fought at times, we loved at times, and we truly enjoyed the journey at times.   But at other times, we got loud, got stubborn, and even swore a few times.  At this first anniversary date, we’re both excited we made it, and also relieved that our first year of marriage, and all of the challenges that came with it, are finally done for us.  We made it, and because we[…]

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Making a Murderer: My own story through the Wisconsin justice system.

“Making a Murderer” has been smeared all over my Facebook and Twitter feed recently.  The title of the movie, and the images I’ve seen, have inspired flashbacks of the rural Wisconsin courtroom I sat trial in for murder, the prison system that incarcerated me for much of my adult life, and the journey I took to redefine my purpose of life.  I will let the readers of this article decide if my odyssey through the Wisconsin justice system was fair or not.  I’ve learned in life, that if you focus on questioning what is fair, or what you deserve in life, the questioning of fairness will ultimately make you go mad,[…]

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How to Find God – The Convictions that Changed my Life.

Only God can lead you to your Purpose in Life, and I found God in 3 major ways: 1) First, I became so unhappy and unfulfilled with my life, that I was desperate for change.  My life had become a unmanageable state of misery.  A good friend of mine had just died of a drug overdose, and I had been living a lie most of my life.  I suddenly realized all of the achievements in my life didn’t mean a thing as I hadn’t worked hard for any of them.  I had spent my whole life coasting by on natural talent, trying to act the role I thought everyone else[…]

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How to Become a Christian – Find Friends Who Will Help Lead You Out Of Your Prison.

At one point in my life, I was totally lost, hurt, and devastated. I can’t believe how far I had traveled away from my purpose in life, and how far back I had to journey to find it again.   In 2002, when my friend died of an accidental heroin overdose after leaving my college apartment, I collapsed into a severe state of shock and depression.  I lost track of what was real for months after that.   I had always thought a little bit of partying was cool.  I thought drugs and alcohol were innocent fun.  I thought as long as I was succeeding in college, life could be just[…]

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What is the American Dream? It Depends on the Reality you Choose to Invest in.

I see a major problem with our current 40-hour-a-week, chase the American Dream mentality our culture has accepted as truth.  This popular version of the American Dream includes making as much money as you can, raising-a-family-you-are-debatably-close-to; and then retiring into the sunset of old-age with a mind full of dying, unfulfilled dreams.  We American’s work hard, it’s true.  We are survivors of adversity.  For the last several centuries, hard work  has become a core value of what it means to be an American. Our ancestors built their legacies by cultivating the wild west; and then building some of the most magnificent cities in the world; and then our generation has[…]

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Why Does God Allow Suffering? Suffering Can Tell Us Who We Are.

For the last two days, I’ve been laying in bed motionless pondering the question why do we suffer?  I’ve needed this four day weekend to catch my breath,  before I’m ready to climb the mountain to find my purpose of life again. I remember when I first got out of prison a few years ago.   I walked out of the Wisconsin gates on August 21, 2002, after ten years incarcerated, because of some wrong decisions I made in my early 20’s.  Six days after being released, I was enrolled in my senior year of college taking 16 credits, and there was so much learning, and catching up to do.  I[…]

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Life After Prison: Remembering my First Day in Jail.

Before I ever knew I would have to spend ten years in prison for a mistake I had made in college while partying and using drugs – (Read about that INTENSE life story HERE) – before I ever really had a true relationship with God; I had to spend my first date in jail wondering what nightmare visions my future may hold. I started a journal to confront these fears, and understand my feelings better, and over the 10 years I was incarcerated, I took more than 3,000 pages of notes before I was released back into freedom. I’ve been doing incredibly well since I’ve arrived back into freedom on[…]

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How to Get a Job – My Unusual Experience Part 2

I’ve been busy learning the new job this last week. I was exhausted over the weekend. In two weeks, I think it’s given me a good taste of what the sales lifestyle is. There are incredible highs when you’re finding and negotiating big and fast deals, but then there are also those moments when it feels like no one in the world wants to talk to you and you’re all alone. I’m finding this routine alternates rapidly. Like yesterday, all day nobody wanted to talk to me. And then almost by accident, at the end of the day when I was off the clock, a fantastic opportunity came my way.  Sales[…]

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