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Starting the day off pissed!

When I woke up this Monday morning, I was in a bad mood. I had stayed up later than I wanted to the night before. I had more to drink than I wanted to. I had snored at night. I could tell because my mouth was dry. I also know I snored because Connie had…

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Lessons from the bus on not-a-fun day

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I should have known when this day started the bus ride was going to be difficult. My intuition would have been correct. For starters, I had some intestinal discomfort. Sorry for the mental image. Then I made myself a gourmet (kind of) breakfast and sat down to eat. It was then that I looked, at…

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It could’ve been a scene out of a Hitchcock movie

Canes at OSSB

Picture this. You’re having a conversation with someone when, all of sudden, a group of blind teenagers starts coming at you. They’re all talking and tapping their canes. What would you do? Run? Hide? Say, “excuse me”? This was my first time at the school for the blind. The principal acted like it was nothing…

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What I learned from riding the bus

COTA_vehicle mainstream

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

Blindspot-Splat

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

algebra at OSSB

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

Blindspot-Splat

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

Brian Wagner kid and his bike

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

County Fair exhibit

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

Blindspot driving

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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