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Mason Kesner

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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Personal

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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Personal

Figuring It Out

It’s Friday! Which means tomorrow is Saturday, which is basically another work day. We have an interesting culture in America…we go to school for a degree that we hate, to work in a field that we hate, to live a life that is just about as fulfilling as ordering a salad when you wanted a steak. Fortunately, times are changing and company cultures are changing. This has absolutely nothing to do with today’s topic, I simply woke up at 9A…

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Business Personal

Mind Games

Have you ever wanted to give up? Not the kind of give up that lets you step away from a project and return to it. But the kind of give up that shakes you to the core of who you are? That kind of give up is the throw in the towel, it’s all over give up. Lately, I’ve been feeling the urge to give up all while feeling the motivation and drive to keep going. How do both of these things co-exist? That I’m not sure…

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NYFW Personal

Obedience

What a week. I got back in town on Thursday and hit the ground running back to work. With so much happening on the East coast and in Arkansas I haven’t had time to sit down and write. It’s Saturday morning at 10:10A and I’m ready to get back to my 2017 goal of publishing daily. Stick with me because I’ve got a few scattered thoughts before I get into what is on my heart today. My first thought –…

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Personal Travel

33,500 FEET

This might sound a little cliché, but I’m somewhere around 33500+ Feet writing this…don’t you love technology? This morning I left from Dallas for Philadelphia to help launch a new menswear platform my friend, Ian Crumm, is launching. It’s geared towards men’s grooming products, tips, and reviews. Baseline built the platform and I can’t wait to attend the launch party tomorrow night. Moving on, what to talk about today…hum. I think addressing the idea of doing what you love seems…

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