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Mason Kesner

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Book List – FW18

I have a problem. There I said it. I love to read. As the months turn colder, I always find myself reading more. It’s during the fall/winter months that I get inspired and recharged for the spring/summer. I have a strict policy of only reading non-fiction. For some reason, I just don’t like reading fiction books. So if you’re looking for fiction based titles, this isn’t the list for you. This season I decided to put together a book list…

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Pursuant

Pursuant - Mason Kesner

Today is Halloween. It’s a very cold day in Bentonville, but as someone who loves cold weather – today was for me. I got up this morning with the purpose of doing one thing. A digital clean. Those closest to me know that I get inundated with emails, messages, phone calls, as most of us do. I am, however, notorious about realizing that I’ve received a message then getting sidetracked and forgetting to respond. Today was my day to clean…

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Las Vegas Personal Political

Greater

Today I had to stop. I woke up to the news of the Las Vegas shooting. Last week my heart was heavy for Puerto Rico. On a closer to home note, I was in a car accident over the weekend that left me shaken to the core. There seems like so little one can do while sitting at a desk, or watching from a screen at home. It’s times like these we want to rush in and help to aid…

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Personal

Realization

Hello blog, it’s been a minute. I’m taking some time today to write because I deeply miss it. A lot has happened this summer. My friends and team members have been super productive. In a nutshell… Launched an Apparel Company, created a Digital Agency, revamped the purpose of Baseline Collective, took on too many ambitious production projects, and finally, I made the decision to spend more time in the NWA market. I’ve just come out of a really interesting season of…

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Personal

We Are Better Than This

This, unfortunately, has been a long overdue post that I’ve just now found the right way to articulate. I haven’t been very political since late last year. This is due to the fact I have passionate friends on both sides of the issues. I’m happy to say I have not lost one friend, but have gained many. I choose not to judge but to learn. I’m fascinated still to this day why many of his supporters stand behind him. Today…

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Critical or Extra?

After almost two months of being gone, I’m finally back home in Fort Smith. I started last month on a 96-hour bender across 4 cities, 2 coasts, and not enough coffee in the world to help me make it through. I spent the bulk of last month working with the incredible team of the Bentonville Film Festival. I’ll be posting some of my favorite moments on instagram and twitter if you’d like to take a look. Today I want to…

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Personal Words of Wisdon

Persistence

Thomas Edison once explained that in inventing, “the first step is an intuition–and comes with a burst–then difficulties arise.” What set Edison apart from other inventors is tolerance for these difficulties and the steady dedication with which he applied himself toward solving them. Life is hard. Work is hard. Dreaming is hard. The good news is, it’s okay to be discouraged, but it’s definitely not okay to quit. I failed this week. I failed big time and it’s only Tuesday. But…

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Leadership Personal

Right Action

Luke 9:23-27 The Message (MSG) 23-27 Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? If any…

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Fort Smith Personal

We Need You

Yesterday I wrote an article called, “The Death of Fort Smith,” a lot who read it said that it was incredibly negative. While I was presenting a problem, solution, and somewhat of a wake up to a few individuals, adding to the noise is not my intention. However, I got the exact reaction I intended. I get it, you get it, we’ve identified the problem. The point of the article was to compel action – not by those who can…

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Business Fort Smith Personal

The Death of Fort Smith

Over the past 10 years, Fort Smith has seen a 32% decrease in manufacturing. (Bureau of Labor Statistics) Over the past 5 years, we’ve seen a 14% increase in Professional and Business Services, which is awesome. (Bureau of Labor Statistics) As our city’s population has grown only 2.2% from 2010 to 2015. I think it’s important to address what our community looks like moving forward and the future of a fleeing generation. While companies like ArcBest, OK Foods, Baldor, and the University…

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