Mr. McNees

Recently, the father-in-law of my boss passed away. I have never met the man. In fact, because of Covid, I have yet to meet my boss. In expressing my condolences, I asked how I could honor his legacy. I was thinking along the lines of a donation to his favorite charity, but instead my boss

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We Play to the End

In 2019, Eddie Olczyk, the NHL player turned coach turned broadcaster was on his second round of chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer, and the effects were so severe he told his wife he couldn’t do it anymore. He recalled, “We had a moment, which probably lasted 30 minutes, where all we did was cry.

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Stairway to Heaven

This week I had the pleasure, and I do mean pleasure, of attending the funeral of my 45-year-old cousin whose body finally gave in after a 4-year battle with cancer. It was a celebration of a life well lived despite the circumstances that ended it too soon. We celebrated his life, not mourned his death.

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Several years ago, I was about to remove a vine like weed from our mailbox garden area. The ‘weed’ had started to coil around our street sign. However, our youngest daughter asked, “why not leave it alone and see what happens.” Today, the downstream effect of listening to my daughter, is a street sign deeply

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Be A, Not A (Part 1)

When I was developing content in my role as a High School Football Coach and Character Coach, I built about 50 separate lessons around the “Be A, Not A” concept. If I ever write a second book, it will be entirely based on these lessons. I have been holding onto this content for years while

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My word for 2021 is Presence, but a close second in my reflection was the word Strive. To strive means to devote serious effort or energy to achieve or obtain something, to struggle in opposition or fight vigorously. We should strive for continual growth throughout life.  After all, life is a journey. A great personal

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“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s

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Lessons Learned

The title of this blog post was the subtitle of the ‘book’ that started all of this. In 2008, as my oldest daughter was graduating from high school, I put on paper my insights and reflections of what I had learned over time for her to have as a reference throughout her life.  That gift

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