The Awesome Power of ‘Different’

Awesome Power of Different

A couple weeks ago, I got a message from my buddy Max. An email. An initiative that he’s begun, to keep in touch, to tell stories, to further his connection and ability to make impact. It was a story about “the underdog,” coming on the heels of the Patriots improbable Super Bowl comeback, one in which they overcame the largest second half deficit in the game’s 51-year history. Following his commentary on the game, Max...
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The One ‘Perfect’ Match

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This is the third article in the First 2016 Edition of The Ryan France Letter.  For context, you may want to read the articles in sequential order starting with: There’s More to Life Than Speeding Things Up Let me introduce you to a guy I know, named Jim . . . Jim lived in the apartment directly above mine, my freshman year in college.  Jim was, for a time, a teammate at the University of Texas.  Jim’s time...
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Secrets to Success | Will Smith

I can remember growing up watching The Fresh Prince of Bell Air and later watching movies like Men in Black, Bad Boys, etc. and developing a perception of Will Smith as a goofball.  Talented, no doubt, but a little bit cheesy to say the least. That was until a couple years ago when I randomly came across this video in which he shares his opinion on the secrets to success. Not having ever really seen...
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The Man in the Arena

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually...
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The Chinese Bamboo Tree

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This is not a story of mine.  It may not even be attributed to the correct author here, I don’t know for sure.  I do know this.  I have read this story a handful of times and each time I read it, I am struck by the simplicity of it but also the essential lesson to be learned. Accordingly, this is the time of the year where most people have either abandoned their resolutions or promises...
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Tomorrow, A Poem by Edgar Guest

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He was going to be all that a mortal could be. . . Tomorrow None should be kinder or braver than he. . . Tomorrow A friend who was troubled and weary he knew, Who’d be glad of a lift and who needed it, too, On him he would call to see what he could do. . . Tomorrow Each morning he’d stack up the letters he’d write. . . Tomorrow And he thought of...
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