Movie Review: October Baby

My wife and I were invited to a free preview screening of a movie that will release on Friday, March 23rd, 2012.

That movie is October Baby.

The movie, October Baby, tells the story of Hannah, a young woman who collapses during a theatrical play.

After countless medical tests, the results come back. Her health problems are due to her difficult birth.

Along with this truth, she learns that she had been adopted after a failed abortion attempt. This news sends Hannah on a search to find her birth mother and her true identity.

If after watching the movie you feel something like this couldn’t happen, you’re wrong. October Baby is loosely based on the true life story of Gianna Jessen.

I enjoyed the overall storyline of the movie. It seemed to flow naturally and was entertaining.

How Fear Can Stifle Your Potential

Recently, I wrote about 20 seconds of courage and what it could do for your life. Courage allows you to move past your fear into something new.

Your fear, on the other hand, holds you back. If you allow it to, fear will control your life and stifle your potential.

Fear can be a very powerful force in your life.

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Even those with extraordinary talent face the problem of fear.

Fear may make you tense. Anxious. Or even to hold back.

You may have seen this in an amazing baseball prospect named Billy Beane.

This man had everything that the scouts looked for.

He had the arm, the speed, the physique, and the face. He was destined to be the future of the sports team.

And yet he wasn’t. He allowed his fear to hold him back.

What Can Twenty Seconds of Insane Courage Do for You?

Hiking the Appalachian Trail. Jumping out of an airplane. Moving out the state. Creating a movement that changes the world.

Serving your country. Pursuing your dream. Trying out for the Broadway play. Asking for your girlfriend’s hand in marriage?

What do you need to start these events?

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You are probably thinking it requires money, time, commitment, etc. Some great hurdle to overcome.

Yet it doesn’t require much to get started.

It only requires a brief few moments of courage.

Just enough to push you out of your comfort zone and into an adventure you haven’t known before.

Don’t believe me? Let us break down a few of these events and see what could get them started.

Book Review: Tales of the Everyday Workingman (& Woman)

Many people are tired of their jobs and careers. Kimanzi Constable is too. But he has a dream.

His dream is to move with his family to Hawaii. To create books that you will grow and prosper from. And to build his coaching career.

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Kimanzi approached me a few months ago and asked me to review his book, Tales of the Everyday Workingman (and Woman). I agreed and must say that I was pleased with the book.

In his book, he relates the struggles he has had in his careers. Whether it be the long hours, the pay, or the consequences of his actions. He lays it all out for you to see.

I could relate to Kimanzi’s journey. You will probably relate to his journey as well.

He has dealt with:

  • Poor working conditions
  • Long hours
  • Insufficient pay

What is Your Leader Chasing After?

Sunday morning, my pastor shared a dream he had had with the congregation. It went like this:

There was a mature dog with five puppies following it. The lead dog was chasing after a cat.

The pursuit was long and hard. But eventually the dog and the pups pounced on the cat.

Only there was one problem. The cat was not a cat.

It was a skunk!

When the dogs pounced on the skunk, the skunk sprayed the lead dog and the five puppies, covering them in an unbearable stench.

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Can you see how this situation might play out in your role as a leader?

The mature dog is a leader that you admire and follow. He knows what he is doing and he does it well. He is chasing the dream!