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“BIG feelings”

Eli is thick into the threenager phase. He is very much driven by his emotions. And his emotions can be BIG. When he gets told no... And especially if he gets in trouble. Right now, there is nothing worse than getting in trouble for something that he’s been told three times prior not to do. That is when the big mamma and daddy guns come out. That’s when he gets told firmly how what he is … [Read more...]

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“Lead the league in effort.”

When I was a teacher, I hated nothing more than the student that wouldn’t try. Or even worse, would half ass just to get by. When their aim was to do the bare minimum—just enough to not be noticed. Or so they thought. (I was always watching) It was even more infuriating to see some kids put in the least amount of effort but have the most potential or talent. Funny thing is, I’m sure I was … [Read more...]

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Extrinsic vs. intrinsic

About 5 weeks ago Tracy and I decided it was time for Eli to learn some responsibilities and do some small chores around the house. Namely picking up after himself. Tracy brought up the idea to make a sticker chart as a reward for doing certain tasks each day. I thought that was a good idea to. So, we promptly got on amazon and ordered stickers. As the next few weeks went by we started … [Read more...]

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Food, music, traffic…

Austin is well known for many things. Luckily most of them are good. Food, live music, tech growth, jobs galore, general weirdness... But with the unprecedented amount of people moving here every day, Austin is also well known now for its traffic. Earlier this week I was stuck in traffic on the way out to the JOP close to Oak Hill. I had an eviction hearing for a tenant at 9am. Luckily … [Read more...]

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The unethicals strike again…

The real estate industry is brimming with incompetent and unethical real estate agents. Even after over four years of being exposed to the backdoor deals, lying, and finger pointing, I’m still surprised by the unethical, greedy, obnoxious, and downright lazy actions of so many real estate agents. But it’s the price you pay when the barrier of entry is set so low… I received an email … [Read more...]

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Back to front…

You have to build out the back end first. My mentor and teacher, Ryan Fletcher, is constantly reinforcing this idea when it comes to business. You have to have a product before you advertise… It seems obvious. But if you take a closer look, that is not how a lot of businesses operate. I have been studying copywriting and marketing for a while now… Observing how other companies, … [Read more...]

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Dress for the job you want…

Back when I was a band director teaching percussion, I had an assistant that would help with private lessons and front ensemble. The first week of rehearsals, he showed up every day in a button down and tie. I thought it was interesting given that marching band rehearsal in the Texas summer is pretty damn hot… but more power to ya I guess… Dress how you want. I don’t tend to tell other … [Read more...]