My Confident

Daring to Take Risks

The first time anything new and creative is proposed, it gets labeled. And the label put on these novel things is likely to be "risky." Can't you just hear it?"Let me get this straight, Orville. You and Wilbur are building a machine that will do what? Heavier-than-air...

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Looking in the Rearview Mirror

When I was a young boy my family would always make a Summer trip out of state to visit my Grandma and Aunt. It was a long drive over curvy, mountainous roads. It often took up to eight hours to get there. This was before the age of i-pods and DVD players too. My Dad...

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The Confidence of the Believer

On one of my official trips to Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, I had reason to visit one of the branches of the Bank where I work. While waiting for the meeting I was scheduled to attend, I overheard some staff arguing over a software application which was being...

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Gail’s Lesson

Life is filled with challenges, and many of those have lessons for us.When I met Gail a singer who is blind I saw a new challenge and thought I was going to be the teacher. Strange how things turn out.I was a dance teacher for a local college and had been learning a...

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The Confident Duckie

There is a beautiful lake in front of my work with cute ducks swimming in. One day, a duck was crossing the two-way street. Curious to see what would happen to the duck, I expected it to either run from or stop for cars approaching. Amazingly, the duck was walking...

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Every year for more than a decade, The Parachutist, which is the official publication of the United States Parachute Association, has published an article called their "fatality summary." In the article a writer analyzes the factors contributing to parachuting deaths...

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