Plausible deniability

Sometimes when I am truly honest, I must admit that the most manipulative, sneaky person I know is me. There is something in the fallen part of my nature—the part of me that the Bible calls the flesh—that is constantly on the lookout for plausible deniability. I want to be able to plead my innocence […]

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Your personality deficiencies

Every one of us has spectacular giftedness and talent in certain areas of our life. Conversely, we also have corresponding or alternate weaknesses in our lives, and in light of this, it is often said in the worlds of leadership or business that people should “staff their weaknesses.” They should gather people around them who […]

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Which you is the real you?

In a recent driving experience, I was confronted by the conflict between the honest, authentic me and the me that I am trying to become. I was sitting in gridlocked, Los Angeles traffic when the driver beside me erupted in a fit of aggressive road rage. He began yelling, gesturing, and cursing the stopped drivers […]

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Hard work mistaken for talent

One of several books that I have  been perusing recently is Erwin McManus’ 2014 The Artisan Soul, wherein Erwin beautifully describes the interplay between hard work and talent. He writes: “Eventually art becomes craft. The combination of talent and passion funneled through the crucible of discipline and determination resulted in an expression of skill and […]

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Your top three words

Three words can sure say a lot. Especially if they are clarifying words that follow a comma. Examples: “She is my mother, an amazing lady.” “It’s my hometown, glad I left.” “They’re serving Thai food, my favorite kind.” A simple post-comma, three-word supplement can change the entire emphasis of a sentence. Consider the list of […]

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