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Author: Eric Rodwell Created: 7/30/2007 7:54 AM
Living and working my mission and vision and sharing my thoughts along the way.

 

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In the April 2009 issue of Inc, Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, Built to Last and How the Mighty Fall, had the following to say about entrepreneurship and how it relates to risk:

“Students used to come to me at Stanford and say, I’d really like to do something on my own, but I’m just not ready to take that much risk. So I took the job with IBM. And I would say, you’re not ready for risk? What’s the first thing you learn about investing?

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We are in the process of deploying a new corporate website with DotNetNuke as our back-end content management system. After I installed DotNetNuke, I wanted to install two additional applications underneath the DotNetNuke install. However, once I configured the applications in IIS7, I was unable to browse to either application due to a known ASP.NET bug, whereas web.config files cascade down so the application/virtual directory site is still loading the root DotNetNuke web.config file.

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Google recently previewed a new web application called Google Wave. After watching the presentation, it is possible Google Wave will revolutionize the way we communicate and collaborate on the web.

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It has almost been one full week since the birth of our first daughter, Sophia, and it has been amazing to go through the entire process over the past 39 weeks. Childbirth is a miracle and it has been excited, scary, and nerve racking at times, to go from the size of a poppy seed to a 6lb 9oz healthy and beautiful baby girl. As we left the hospital to go home, I felt an overwhelming amount of gratitude towards all of the people who helped us every step of the way. We may never see some of these people but they will always hold a special place in our heart for all of their help.

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 Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate.

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 In October of 2007, I wrote a blog entry where I talked about Randy Pausch and his “Last Lecture” speech given a few weeks prior. Recently I just finished reading his book titled, “The Last Lecture”.

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This morning I had the privilege of attending a speech by Les Brown and I have to thank Mark Crowley and the Greenwood Village Chamber of Commerce for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

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With these uncertain economic times, what can the everyday, ordinary person do? Just the other day I heard an inspiring presentation which was focused on the Power of Attraction. The women who gave the presentation brought up a very interesting point. If the media, the market, and the naysayers all focused their energy and attention in a positive manner towards the economy, what might happen?

In the US, 2/3 of the economy is driven by the consumer. When the consumer does not have confidence in the economy, meaning the security of her job, confidence that his money is safe in the bank and so on, the consumer decides not to spend money and consume goods. It comes down to confidence and belief in the economy. When all we read and hear on the internet, the news, and the radio is how bad things are and how much worse they are going to get, our confidence lowers.

In a nutshell, the Power of Attraction states that what you ask for you shall receive and you attract what you think about. If you channel all...

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I want you to sit back, close your eyes, and think back to when you were 21 years old. Do you remember your birthday? Probably not. Do you remember the first time you were able to order alcohol, legally? I can remember hanging out with my friends at college in Fort Collins, without a care in the world. The only thing I had to worry about was what we were going to do tonight and how I was going to find money to do it. Overall it was a very easy life.

Now think about that same time, 21 years old, with a gun in your hand, scared, halfway around the world fighting for your life and your country. Every second, of every minute of every day all you can think about it how to get out of this miserable place called Iraq.

Today I would like to share with you the story of my nephew and how we transformed from an immature boy to a mature young man and who is currently serving our country in Iraq.

To truly appreciate how amazing it is to see Ben in the Army at 21 you need some background.

Growing...

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