Swift Straw Blog

The Giver

teamwork, strength, thankfulness

My prayers go out to all of those impacted by hurricane Michael.  We will be heading down today to assess the damage and lend a helping hand to our friends and family in need.  As I prepare for this day I found some very appropriate scripture.

Play Your Hand

strength, perseverence, learning

After battling cancer for years, Randy Pausch received the fateful news that the cancer had returned and he only had a few months to live.  Randy spent the last month of his life delivering his final message to the world.  Here are a few takeaways:

The Purpose Driven Life

strength, improvement, perseverence, success, purpose, learning, inspiration

My Grandmother, Grace Adkins, is about to celebrate her 90th birthday.  As we prepare to celebrate, here are a few things that I have learned from her amazing life and continued example: 

The Overnight Success Myth

leadership, business, strength, efficiency, improvement, perseverence, success

“I was an overnight success all right, but 30 years is a long, long night.”  Ray Kroc 

The Hedgehog

leadership, business, innovation, achievement, strength

There is an old story about a fox that would constantly scheme about how he was going to attack a hedgehog.  He came up with elaborate plans and even tricks. But, inevitably, at the last second the hedgehog would simply roll into a ball with his quills sharply deterring the fox from further...

Game of Gladiators

leadership, business, teamwork, achievement, strength

James Stockdale was a US Navy vice admiral and aviator that was awarded the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War, during which time he was a prisoner of war for over seven years.  He endured unimaginable torture and constantly battled their attempts to use him for propaganda.  In Jim Collins book, ...

The Man in the Arena

leadership, business, teamwork, achievement, strength

As the Spring unfolds this year, there are many industries that are battling through their peak season.  Here is a message from Theodore Roosevelt for all of those who are in the arena fighting the good fight.  The critics and naysayers will never know victory nor defeat.  But those in the arena...

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