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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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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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100%

In addition to personal readings, I always try and read a few Psalms a day. Today, January 16, I happened to be in the 16th chapter. Give it a read, it hit home for me this morning. Today I’m going to take a more biblical approach to the post. If you aren’t necessarily religious or spiritual just hang in with me, this won’t be that painful. What does it truly mean to live 100%? To give up everything and pursue the one thing you’ve…

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Business Personal

Next Level

Have you ever noticed how social media is so deceptive? We’ve talked about it since it’s inception, but social media is a delusion of the best parts of an individuals world wrapped up into a carefully curated social feed. Recent studies have called this, “forced positivity.” Basically, this theory is the ultimate comparison of one individual to another. I’m no stranger to this, I’m as addicted as anyone else. So I decided to do a little experiment. January 2-6, 2017 I…

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Tough Decisions

No one likes tough decisions. Tough can be defined in many different ways to many people. For me, sometimes that tough decision for the day is getting up on time. On other occasions, it might mean an investment of time or money, and in the rare circumstance, it’s a life event situation. Personally and professionally I’ve been making a lot of tough decisions lately, or so it feels like. As I was preparing to write today I began to cumulate a list of my…

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When Push Comes to Shove

Literally, when push comes to shove I found myself in a space that for years had seemed so foreign to me. I’m referring to experience. I heard Mark Cuban say at one point that “people don’t quit things they’re good at.” I’ve never taken this to heart like I have for my 2017 goals. 2016 was somewhat jaded by voices that weren’t my own about people, decisions, strategies I needed to take personally and publically. I went into the last…

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