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40 in 40: Lesson #38

40 in 40: #38 I grew up in the bowels of American Evangelical Christianity. My parents are devout Christians, my grandparents were devout Christians, my great grandparents were devout Christians. My Aunts and Uncles, with a few exceptions, are devout Christians. You get the picture. I heard the message of Christianity all the time.
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40 in 40: Lesson #37

40 in 40: #37 I left work at 1pm yesterday. Grabbed Josh, rushed home, threw some clothes in a bag, jumped in the car, and headed to Blacksburg. My friend Tim Hartin had gotten us tickets for last nights Virginia Tech/North Carolina game. So Josh and I road tripped for 5 hours,
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40 in 40: Lesson #36

40 in 40: #36 I learned some great lessons while training for the marathon that I ran a month ago. I'm planning on sharing more of those lessons later. But one of those lessons was extremely helpful. When you are train for running there are certain principles that are really important. Some of
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40 in 40: Lesson #35

40 in 40: #35 I'm waking up at 5:30am tomorrow morning. Going to eat an energy bar, drink some coffee and drink a little gatorade. Strap on my lucky running shoes. Then drive downtown with my cousin, John, and run 26.2 miles. And right now there isn't a single thing that I can do to
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40 in 40: Lesson #34

40 in 40: #34 The big day is actually here. My mom tells me that as of 3:30pm I'm officially 40. (I've missed a few posts here and there so I will be writing the last 6 over the next week or so). I've spent a lot of time thinking about 40. I've thought
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40 in 40: Lesson #33

40 in 40: #33 I had a great experience on Sunday. I took a risk talking with someone that I had been meaning to talk to for a long time. Talking about a topic that was a bit scary to bring up. I'm so glad that I did. I moved toward the relationship
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40 in 40: Lesson #32

40 in 40: #32 I'm full of quick judgments. Especially about people. My brain is constantly feeding me information about the world. I judge circumstances, people, public figures, friends, family and more. Often when I meet someone, within a few minutes I've made a number of determinations about them, their life, and their
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40 in 40: Lesson #31

40 in 40: #31 I asked a simple question on Twitter earlier today: "What will u do in memory of the man who gave u the most powerful device u can hold in your hand? #stevejobs http://gregr.it/u" It took less than an hour for the first negative comment to come in: "Probably the same
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40 in 40: Lesson #30

40 in 40: #30 Steve Jobs died a few hours ago. Steve was an inspiration for me, for my business partner Brody Bond, and for our company, Blue Ocean Ideas. We almost daily acted on something that was inspired by Steve. Whether it be commitment to excellent design, relentless desire for innovation, or
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40 in 40: Lesson #29

40 in 40: #29 I spent much of life in ignorance about myself. I could tell you what I did, who I was related to, who my friends were. But on many of the deeper issues in life I wasn't very self aware. It wasn't until I was in my middle 30's and
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