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I did the unthinkable. I colored my hair. I mean in all transparency I have been doing it for a number of years to hide the gray, but yesterday, I went almost blonde. I know many of you are thinking " He must be having a...

Who ever said leadership was a lonely place- really knew what he was talking about. I have never felt this alone in my life. I mean I know I have God, but this feeling of sheer desperation is some times overwhelming. You see for most of my life I have made really big moves. But here is the secret, most of those moves have been well thought out, well crafted, and frankly safe. I have been able to fly under the radar. No more. Now God is calling for me to make audacious and in some peoples opinions foolhardy decisions. In fact, He is not even letting me delegate or move the decision to some one else. And frankly my friends that puts me in a lonely place and scary position. I am not afraid to tell you I am scared out of my mind.

There is an old Aesop Parable told of the Old Man the Boy and the Donkey. It goes something like this. An old man and a young boy were traveling through their village with their donkey. The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked. As they went along they passed some people who remarked it was a shame the old man was walking and the boy was riding. The man and boy thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions. Later, they passed some people that remarked, "What a shame, he makes that little boy walk." They then decided they both would walk.

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Dear Clients and Friends, As many of you know my grandfather has been in hospice for about 6 weeks now. In fact for many of those weeks we moved our offices to the hospice to take care of him. On last Tuesday morning he transitioned to glory. My grandfather Olin Clark was an integral part of my life. Many times the only man and role model I had growing up. For the first third of my life I remember spending every Saturday night as his house bouncing on his knee. He taught me how to skin a rabbit, clean fish, and even got me to eat possum (one time only). Boy he liked to eat. After we moved away, I remember coming back home and cooking him fried green tomatoes. When my grandfather came to live with my family about 10 years ago, it was then I learned some of my life's most valuable lessons. I will share a few with you.

Can I be transparent for a moment? Even with a perceived look of success, I daily struggle with am I good enough. Am I good enough business man? Am I good enough father? Am I good enough communicator? It is a daily struggle - but somehow I persevere.

My hard drive crashed.  And while there is a multiplicity of files that I have lost. What I have not lost is my ability to create.  In fact in most cases, I can re-create everything that I've lost. So my friend as long as you are...

The Experience Dear Friends,Hope all is well. As many of you know, on May 7th, we held what I guess could be called our first preview service. Even without a lot of on the street marketing, God sent roughly 45 people. Our special guest was the...

Well is has been a year since I put on my big boy pants and moved to Uptown Charlotte. A lot has happened, the business model has changed. The company has taken on a brand of its own. I have made many mistakes, but had...