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The blogging world has opened doors I never thought I’d see opened. It’s also allowed me to enter into the lives of some really awesome bloggers.

So much so, many of these bloggers I know consider friends, some closer than friends I have in real life.

One day I’ll have the chance to meet these friends. Whether it’s at a blogging conference or while on vacation. I will run into them one day.

Without further ado, here’s my list of 6 friends I can’t wait to meet.

1. Kevin Miller – I’ve followed Kevin for quite some time through his Free Agent Underground podcast and blog. We’ve connected multiple times over Facebook, Twitter, and email and he’s been an awesome source of encouragement.

The Day I Almost Died

March 21, 2014 — 33 Comments

Or maybe I didn’t almost die. Maybe I just came close to death in my mind. To me, that’s close enough.

So, what happened to make me come so close to death? What could have made me think that my life was going to end?

I thought I had met Death

Image by JD Hancock

This near death experience happened while I was ice climbing in Munising.

The day started out like any other ice climbing trip I’d ever been on. We arrived at the frozen waterfall. John, our ice climbing guide, setup the climbing routes. And we began to climb.

Then someone saw a perfect place to explore. There was beautiful ice and a way up behind the frozen waterfall.

My near death experience

Only this quick way up wasn’t so quick for me. Instead, it became a trial of fear and dread and the feeling of death crept upon me.

Leaders Are Called To Thrive

February 24, 2014 — 20 Comments

Thrive (verb) – grow vigorously; make steady progress.

A few years back, I found myself stuck in a rut. It wasn’t that I was living destructively, nor was I unhappy. But I was just drifting.

And the thing about drifting is we don’t just sit there, we go backward not forward.

Leaders are meant to thrive

Image by Andrew Storms

When you shut off the engine of a boat in the middle of a lake, the boat drifts – and it usually drifts away from your destination.

If we desire to lead effectively, then we need to be intentional about thriving.

Now thriving does not mean perfection; rather it involves movement and steady progress.

So what are some steps we can take to thrive:

1. Be a reader.

You’ve heard it said: if you’re not reading, you aren’t leading.

RoboCop. If you were around in the 80′s, you most likely remember the original movie.

Alex Murphy, mortally wounded in the line of duty, was given a second chance to “live” and serve the citizens of a decaying Detroit. They’ve now remade the movie.

As I loved the original RoboCop, I was thrilled to know the remake was happening. That’s why I took the opportunity to watch the new film.

Promotional RoboCop logo

The 2014 RoboCop remake still focuses on Alex Murphy as he makes a transition to RoboCop. However, the movie takes a drastic turn in how Alex becomes RoboCop and the tone of the film is much lighter.

Throughout the movie, I couldn’t help but see leadership lessons. From Alex’s struggle to the villains, there is plenty we can learn.

Warning: There are movie spoilers ahead if you plan to see the new RoboCop.

We’re a couple of days into the new year. How’s it going so far? Excellent, I hope.

And yet I fear you may say you’re already feeling overwhelmed with the new year.

There’s the goals you’ve set that you’re already behind on. There’s the resolutions you’re no longer committed to. There’s not enough time in the day to get done what needs to be done.

You’re struggling and wondering how to deal with the overwhelm you’re feeling.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s never a good feeling. You feel you can’t accomplish what you’ve set out to do. There’s a struggle. You might even feel like you’re drowning.

That’s the power of feeling overwhelmed. You no longer feel in control and the world is spinning around you.

It’s always amazing to me how heavy the feeling of overwhelm can be in your life.