Coach Aaron Feis, Hero

On Valentine’s Day, a 19-year-old kid snuck into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with his high-powered gun and open-fired. He killed 17 individuals. Fourteen of the 17 individuals were students at the high school, ranging from 14-18 years of age. Aaron Feis was one of the three adults killed. He was a security guard at the school and an assistant football …

Spreading Happiness…One Sock at a Time

John Cronin was born with Down’s Syndrome, but as he says, “Down’s Syndrome never holds me back.” He always wanted to form a business. After a couple of failed ideas, he and his father formed, “John’s Crazy Socks.” They sell 1,500 different types of socks.  In their first year, they grossed 1.4 million dollars. If you order a pair of …

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

In January of 2016, a married couple, Danny and Lexi, were fed up with their weight. They were tired of being out of breath after walking to the mailbox. Life was difficult. It was taxing. They wanted to become parents and they wanted to live long enough to see these children graduate from high school. They knew this would not …

A Sensitive Topic – Sexual Abuse

I typically don’t write about topics such as these, mainly because I know some middle school children read these posts. However, this topic needs to be discussed. Over the past several years, hundreds of sexual abuse stories have been reported.  Jerry Sandusky, a coach at Penn State sexually abused at least 10 boys. Comedian, Bill Cosby, reportedly drugged women and …

A Few Lessons from Dr. King

Yesterday was the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s birthday. He would be 89 today, had he lived. As a person who wrote about Dr. King, I know a thing or two about him and the Civil Rights Movement. I want to take a moment to provide a few lessons that might register with you today.   Lesson #1 – Leadership is …

The Story Behind the Story…

I have never been a huge fan of Sylvester Stallone. I didn’t not like him, but I certainly didn’t love him either. He talked slow and he moved slow. However, after watching this video, I changed my mind completely. I love underdogs. I love someone who comes from nothing, suffers, perseveres and then succeeds. Watch this video and try not …

When Your Moment Comes…Will You Be Ready?

Can’t believe it. Unbelievable. Down 13-0 at the end of the first half of the national championship game, Coach Nick Sabin decides to sit down his starting quarterback, a quarterback who had a 25-2 record. In his place, he starts true freshman,  Tua Tagovailoa, who has never started a college game nor played meaningful minutes. Despite his inexperience… Despite his …

Every Successful Person has “Jumped”

Steve Harvey, best known for hosting The Family Feud, provides an impromptu talk to the unsuspecting audience before the show. The message of this talk is that every successful person has jumped. He further argues that if you want to be successful, you too will have to jump. It’s scary, it’s dangerous. Your parachute will not immediately open and you …

Steph Curry Being… Human

Steph Curry plays for the Golden State Warriors and is widely considered one of the best basketball players in the world.  It is important to note that he, along with all athletes, are human beings first (yes, I just wrote that sentence). We forget. These athletes have parents, they went to kindergarten, graduated from high school, fell in love, got …

Officer Buys Gym Membership for Teen Instead of Arresting Him

Teenager Vincent Gonzales was repeatedly caught sneaking into a gym, X-Sport Fitness, in Skokie, Illinois. Employee, Justin Pritchet warned him time and again, but Vincent kept returning. So, when Vincent snuck past the front desk again one October afternoon, Pritchett called the police. When Officer Mario Valenti arrived, he decided to take out his wallet instead of handcuffs. “He pulled out …