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Trying to win every day made sense. Hey, as a young athlete, I was all about the game.  I would do anything to put myself in position to win, regardless of the situation.  In sports, though, I understood the rules. For football, I knew if I lifted weights, ran, and pra...

I met Jack Bohan as a skinny freshman center who showed up late to my first weight training session with the high school.  4 or 5 of us got about ten yards from the practice area when Coach turned and screamed at us louder than I've ever heard the human voice project....

In my keynote, I have fun with the word "alignment" because as a young leader, I wasn't as interested in changing culture as I was surviving culture.  To me, alignment was something you did to your car.  It's funny what a little accountability will do to your life.  Al...

When I was young, I remember seeing a dude in a wheelchair at a concert and thinking he was screwed.  I certainly was no student of Spinal Cord Injury, my knowledge was limited to the idea that not walking must suck.  Little did I know that when I got to rehab, walking...

Being lost at life is a trip.  The realization the wheels have come flying off and you have no idea or, scarier yet, desire to fix it leaves you buck-naked lost.  I didn't have the emotional maturity to find any sense of myself in these early days, but I didn't have to...

What would your school or organization look like when you accomplish all the things you set out to do?   That is a question I would put out to our teachers and student leaders everywhere I've been.  I've asked it while serving in leadership roles I've had outside of ed...

In the first six weeks of my adventure, I learned a fascinating truth.  The world is resilient and it just keeps turning.  My life was shaken to its core, but they didn't close school down, nobody canceled football season, and my circle of friends got back to their liv...

September 12, 2018

It's cool to be an educational speaker in August.  Back to School month varies its dates around the country so if you play your cards right, you can work every day and get your fiscal year off to a blazing start.  As a principal who valued this time of year, it's fun t...

There was no magic about November 5th, 1977.  I didn't pass any test, no recovery milestone occurred, and I wasn't feeling better.  Regardless of my situation, a room at Fresno Community Hospital opened up, and it was mine to take or lose forever.  So without fanfare,...

I went head first into a boulder at 45 m.p.h. at Millerton Lake in Fresno County, California. It didn't kill me, but it sure as hell didn't make me stronger. Somebody commented once that the paralysis was a blessing because I couldn't feel any pain.  True, I had no fee...