The Best Way to Help Kids
Ron Bellamy is my personal trainer. He also works long hours managing a team who make bail and sentencing recommendations. He is a father, active in his church, a trainer, and assistant coach of an inner-city football team. Ron shared that they are fundraising to help his high school football team. The team has to share helmets and barely has budget to buy footballs.
Disclaimer: I am NOT nor do I have any interest in investing in football per se.
What I believe in is Ron and his uncompromising message of hard work, sacrifice, moral character, and faith as the way to overcome any obstacles life has to offer. I also want to invest in a man who backs up these beliefs with countless hours mentoring young black boys at ground zero.
One of our SKSF missions is to help young people grow – physically, morally, and spiritually. In the spirit of service and selflessness we are supporting the Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School’s Bulldog Football Program. This is just our latest effort to help young people through our SKSF Educating Emily Fund, and we are incredibly grateful to all of you who support our efforts with your generous donations.
If you can “see your way clear" during this holiday season, I urge you to join us as we help Coach Bellamy turn boys into men. Make your donations through the SKSF Educating Emily Fund and I will personally match your donations up to $5000.
The Blurred Lines Keeping Us From Better Lives
Let’s face it, living our best lives isn’t easy! We all know life if full of endless opportunities and extreme challenges. Is it possible to clear up the blurred lines that are keeping us from better lives?
I highly recommend Frank Sonnenberg’s new book, ‘Listen to Your Conscience. That’s Why You Have One.’ Sonnenberg, one of America’s “Top Thought Leaders” and influential small-business experts, reveals his best strategies for achieving success, happiness, and inner peace in life.
The following piece is adapted from his book. As you read it, remember: “Follow your conscience. You have to live with yourself the rest of your life!”
The Poor Monk
I was given this moving piece titled: The Poor Monk, from a monk at Mepkin Abbey. It was written by an annoymous monk and spread from monastery to monastery. It is such a wonderful description of the spirtual path that I've decided to share it here on my blog.
The Authenticity Summit: Happy Accidents
Walk in Faith
A Faith Inspired Business Talk with Turak at GLF
The Greenwich Leadership Forum meets each month to discuss how the values of faith inspire the world of business. Like TED talks for those who believe. GLF brings local business executives and leaders together once a month to engage each other and prominent outside business leaders in open and frank dialogue about the vital link between faith, leadership, and ethics. They consider the resources of two bibles – the Wall Street Journal and the Holy Bible – to find practical wisdom, guidance, and encouragement to deal with the challenges and opportunities facing leaders in the marketplace. Led by David W. Miller, Ph.D., we engage in stimulating and meaningful dialogue.
Memories Made At Mepkin
The BBC and Me: Business Matters & Brother John
Mepkin Abbey Q&A
Why do you go? Many reasons... It's a chance to reconnect with people I love and respect. It's a way to remember what is really important in life. And, it's a way to experience what the monks like to call "the freedom of obedience."
What do you mean by, "the freedom of obedience"? A monastic guest is the lowest head on the monastic totem pole. I just do whatever Brother John asks me to do and I am grateful for the privilege to do it. For most of us,...
The Road Less Traveled
We are hopelessly spoiled today. We want all the adventure, thrills and potential admiration that comes with taking the road less traveled without paying the price for the privilege.
At 20 I walked away from a bright future and every semblance of "normality" to take my own road less traveled. I was usually ignored, often pitied, sometimes ridiculed, and on more than a few occasions even threatened with violent attack. I mostly just felt lonely, alienated, and misunderstood, but it never occurred to me to...
Enjoying Business Secrets at Mepkin Abbey
As a result I was especially moved to get this note a few days later from one of the men who built the retreat center. "Mr.Turak - Good day, Jamie Kilgallen from Charleston, SC here. Truly enjoying your book, "Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks". I work for Jimmy Hightower, President of Hightower Construction Co, - a 56 year old Charleston General Contractor that aspires to be '"selfless" - Jimmy is for sure - and...
Education and Achievement
"What are you going to DO with it?"
I didn't like the question or his attitude but I played along.
"I don't know. I'll probably be a Russian history professor."
"Do you know how many jobs open up each year in this country for Russian history professors? Maybe three."
"That's great," I said. "That's two more than I need."
Every so often I remember that incident, and I always wonder where I got such self confidence at such an early age. I am an...
The Source of Inspiration: How to Get and Stay Inspired
Imagine losing weight or getting in shape. Few out of shape people feel inspired to go on a diet or start frequenting the gym. As a matter of fact, one of the symptoms of being out of shape is a listless inability to feel inspired about anything. Rather than inspiration, it is usually the desperation we feel when we jump on the scale that initially sends us to the gym.
Wisdom for the Ages
It seemed as if each person I met was even more interesting than the last. I spent two whole days wishing I had more time to spend with the person I was currently talking to!
I think it is safe to say that my talk was well received since I sold every book I brought along as well as taking orders for 15 more.
I have lost count of how many conferences of this type...
The Teacher's Path with Pete Reilly
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You are also invited to check out Pete Reilly's book: A Path with Heart
"A Path with Heart" is an invitation to think about great teaching as a journey of personal and professional self-discovery. Master Teachers understand, and research confirms, that it’s not only what we “know” about our subject...
The BBC and Me on Russia and More
Overview of this episode:
Moscow says the economy shrank by 3.7% in 2015. Alexei Zakharov, assistant professor at the Higher School of Economics tells us how the government will try to manage the economic decline. Also, we find out why the US Treasury has told the BBC that it considers the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, to be corrupt.
It has been a turbulent year since Syriza won...
The BBC and Me on Pfizer and More
Overview of this episode:
A $160bn deal has been struck to create the world's biggest pharmaceutical company. US based drug giant Pfizer, maker of among other things Viagra and Lipitor, would merge with Allergan - the maker of Botox that is based in Ireland. It could save Pfizer hundreds of millions a year in taxes - as it would move its headquarters...
The BBC and Me on The World Cup and More
Overview of this episode:
You might have thought FIFA's reputation could not get any worse, but the suspended president of the world governing body of football has now revealed that the votes for the host of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were a sham. The head of the English Football Association, Greg Dyke, says there may now be ground to demand...
Fear and Loathing and the Crusades
In fact the Crusades... were not an attack: They were instead a COUNTERATTACK. Most Americans are so blissfully ignorant of history that we don't know that all of North Africa and the Middle East including modern Israel, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey and Iran were once solidly CHRISTIAN.
Over hundreds of years and at the point of the...
The BBC and Me on Refugees and More
Overview of this episode:
The long war in Syria has left its immediate neighbours struggling to cope with huge numbers of refugees - numbers that dwarf the figures that are proving so hard for Europe's collective leadership to tackle. The UN Refugee Agency's planning figures project a possible 937,000 Syrians in Jordan - and as many as 1.8 million in...