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What I Learned on the Farm

By Scott Westerman Listen to an audio version of this message. “When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.” Daniel Webster My first radio job involved reading commodity prices on our local radio station. I was just 14 and did not yet have a driver’s license. So every morning as the sun rose…

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You’re Always On Probation

By Scott Westerman “Excellence is not a skill. It’s an attitude” ~Ralph Marston I never worked in a role where I was “protected” by a union and quickly progressed to a level where my employment was “at will”, meaning that my boss could let me go at any time for any reason… or as was often the case in broadcasting,…

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Safe Places & Sucking It Up

By Scott Westerman Listen to an audio version of this message. “Face your unpleasant current realities head on, but never lose faith that you will prevail” ~Adm. James B. Stockdale The death of a loved one, an unexpected health diagnosis, losing a job, a breakup, moving to a new community, an election outcome; All of these things can kick us…

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You get what you accept

Listen to an audio version of this message. “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” ~ Denis Waitley The quickest way to get blown out of my social media stream is to talk about politics or religion. Not because I’m not interested in other points of view….

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Humility

By Scott Westerman “True merit is like a river: The deeper it is, the less noise it makes.” – Edward Frederick Halifax We are on the cusp of another renewal of the Michigan State / Michigan rivalry. I always use this event as a reminder to think about the importance of humility.

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Thoughts, Actions and Accountability Buddies

By Scott Westerman The keys to turning thoughts into accountable, productive actions may feel elusive. But they are within your grasp. “You are today where your thoughts brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” ~James Allen “You’ll get there a lot faster if you recruit some accountability buddies!”~Yours Truly Oh how hard it is to turn…

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Living in The Now

It’s easy to peer into the unknown and worry, to look in the rearview mirror and regret. We can become paralyzed if we imagine some inevitable future pain we must endure, fearing that traumatic scars, real or imagined will damage us beyond recognition. We sometimes choose to give up on a dream, rather than risk the heartbreak inherent in the inevitable failures that show us…

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Prioritizing People Who Care

Listen to an audio version of this message. “Prioritize people who care, in the end they will be the only ones there.” Giving hearts can be trapped in un-productive relationships. The flip side of compassion can sometimes be a tendency to hang on to someone when you should be letting them go.

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The Art of Appreciation

Originally posted on April 22, 2012 By Scott Westerman “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” – Mark Twain There are too many complaints and too few compliments in today’s world. Nothing brightens someone’s day like an appreciative word. Giving and receiving a compliment is an art. What you say must be both truthful and genuine. I…

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The Plus

By Scott Westerman If you want to be thankful for what you have, immerse yourself in an culture where it doesn’t exist. That’s what is at the front of my mind as a decompress from 12 days in Cuba. I am thankful for clean tap water, hot water, soap, elevators, milk, beef, Decent roads (yes even Michigan’s most woeful roads…

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