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What I learned from riding the bus

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It was 7:20 PM and I was hoping to get picked up at 7:00. Here comes my driver. According to the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), he was on time. They have 30-minute leeway. Fair enough. He asked me if I was Brian. Then I asked for his name. It was Tom (name changed to…

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Influence someone different from you

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When I first arrived at the school for the blind, they asked if I knew how to play chess. When I answered in the affirmative, they were excited. “Finally we have someone to play chess with Carl.” “Wait, who’s Carl?”, I asked. They explained that Carl had a form of autism and also was allergic…

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I saw magic happen yesterday

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Yesterday was a lot of fun. I had the chance to spend much of the afternoon with the students that inspire me the most. The students at the Ohio State School for the Blind. The place is amazing because of the people in it. Mostly the students. What they’re able to do with no or…

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I influenced someone different from me

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When I first arrived at the school for the blind, they asked if I knew how to play chess. When I answered in the affirmative, they were excited. “Finally we have someone to play chess with Carl.” “Wait, who’s Carl?”, I asked. They explained that Carl had a form of autism and also was allergic…

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The stories we tell ourselves

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When I was 40 years younger, I would make up stories and songs for fun. I truly enjoyed my own company. If you can’t enjoy your company how do you expect someone else to enjoy it? These experiences would happen at the strangest times. Sometimes I was bored. Sometimes I just liked having different thoughts….

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a morning like none other

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I woke up this morning like all the others. The first thing that came to mind was my speech. How am I giving the speech? Where am I giving the speech? How can I be one percent better than yesterday? When I was a kid, I was lazy. I did just enough to get by….

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Truth-Tellers Telling the Truths

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When I drive, my passenger and I have an agreement. They will watch for anything on my blindspot. In your personal and professional life, who shows your blindspots? I’ve interviewed hundreds of successful executives. The majority have indicated that their spouse has been the one that’s shown them their blindspots. That’s crap! Your spouse loves…

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She couldn’t believe it

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“Honey, I want to start my own company.” That picture shows her reaction. It sort of says, “I love you but “NO””. “I just want to help people that are going through tough times.” “I want to be a speaker.” “A what?” “You know, someone that stands in front of a crowd of people and…

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I couldn’t believe she said that

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It sometimes takes a child to point out somethings that should be obvious. In her Father’s Day letter, my 13 year old daughter told me that I should stop comparing myself to other people. “Sure, other people’s dads are great. They’re younger than you. they’re sportier, and funner …” I wasn’t really sure where she…

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