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The Greatest Story Never Told

Until the 1960's baseball was the undisputed most popular sport in America. Then everything changed. People often wonder how or why this happened. Certainly the rise of television broadcasting had something to do with it, and the genius of former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle persuading team owners to aggregate their TV rights into a single contract...

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Good Enough & The Big Winner to Misfit Camp

A couple weeks ago when I was in California in the midst of remodeling and reinventing The Pegasus, I found myself standing at a bar in Azusa waiting for my morning double espresso at what has become one of my favorite coffee shops in the entire world. I stood there patiently, leaning on the counter, admiring the finger...

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Waiting for a Glitch

Within 58 seconds after the bell rang fourteen days ago on the NASDAQ stock exchange, Kraft Foods stock price soared by 29%. Why? Because of a software bug. For about an hour, a glitch in the system made a few thousand people instantly wealthier with no effort whatsoever. The NASDAQ OMX later canceled all trades before 9:37 to...

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A Misfit’s Calling and the One and Only Spot at Misfit Camp

“We live in a world where bad stories are told, stories that teach us life doesn't mean anything and that humanity has no great purpose. It's a good calling, then, to speak a better story. How brightly a better story shines. How easily the world looks to it in wonder. How grateful we are...

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Generosity Always Wins, another POE Giveaway (and a slight Detour to Bangkok)

Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do. Khalil Gibran To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.  Confucius  ___ It was a warm and breezy evening last...

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The Artisan, the Alchemist and a Chariot fit for a Misfit

There is a concept in religious metaphysics and theology called creatio ex nihilo, "out of nothing, creation". This potent little Latin phrase means to create something where there was once nothing. To speak or birth something into existence that would have never been if not for the individual with the creativity and the courage to excavate it from...

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16 Simple Ways to Make Money and Lose Self Respect

In no particular order... 1. Take on any client that is willing to pay you. 2. Rob a bank. 3. Make and sell products you wouldn't be proud to own. 4. Never invest in yourself. Instead sock every last penny in a 401k that may or may not be there to greet you when you turn 65. 5. Start an underground...

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For the First Time

Remember the elation you felt the very first time you witnessed fresh water flow in your neighborhood, just knowing that your family would finally be able to have access to safe drinking water? Yeah, me neither. That's because you and I are blessed to live in a country where we never have to worry about confronting...

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The Absence of Fear is Not Courage

The absence of fear is not courage, it’s insanity. A soldier situated on the front lines who races into the fray of incoming enemy fire without a care in his heart is not courageous, he’s a lunatic. Now the soldier who looks at the situation, knows the danger, who’s heart races, who’s mind is screaming...

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There Is No King Maker

Want to be a writer? All you have to do is write. Want to be an artist? All you have to do is make things. Want to be a travel photographer? All you have to do is buy a ticket, bring your camera and go. ___ Of course, it's not that easy, right? I mean a publisher makes...

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