Me and Stephen Hunter?!

Wow, is it embarrassing being on video…

At any rate, it was time. (Actually, it’s been time.)

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47 habits of highly successful employees

It’s approaching Tuesday, which means your Monday is officially over and it’s time to buck up and actually come closer to earning that paycheck!

And with that in mind, I thought I’d shared this amazing link I came across.

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James Rollins, his $15 million deal, and its lesson for us

Not sure how many saw the news, but James Rollins received a $15 million multibook deal recently.

That’s amazing news in a number of respects.

One, you don’t hear of deals that big these days, especially for just four books.

Two, “there were not multiple bidders, and he was not jumping to another publishing house,” according to the article.

Three, there has been “a slump in print sales in recent years, (and) publishers have been more cautious about paying huge sums for book advances,” the article says.

But I think Rollins’s news has a pretty big lesson for us all.

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Why you should be following Lebron, too…

A quick follow up to the Lebron post from yesterday.

My friend Jeff Haws made the following comment on facebook after seeing the link to my post:

“Been rooting for him since he was in high school, through Cleveland, through “The Decision,” through Miami and now back to Cleveland again. I want to witness Greatness, to be able to talk about how “I was there” when I’m old and gray and the kids of the new day are talking about whoever the new “Greatness” has become. I want to be able to say I was witness for it, first hand. 

“Rooting against Greatness just seems to me to be a waste.

“What good does it do to want to deny that of another when it’s so obviously there, not to mention robbing yourself of the experience of watching it happen? Because of a poor PR move on his way out of Cleveland? Because that’s really what it boiled down to. There was nothing wrong with him actually going to Miami. He took less money to play with a championship organization because Cleveland wasn’t ready/able to build one, and he wasn’t prepared to carry one, and he knew it. He made the right decision. But because he did it in a naive and foolish manner, people directed an inordinate amount of vitriol his way, as if everyone was channeling the understandable hurt of Cleveland fans, who had lost their hero. The rest of us didn’t lose a thing. We still got to watch Greatness do what Greatness does, without interruption.

“So I pull for LeBron. I wasn’t a Cavs fan before. I wasn’t a Heat fan, and I’m not a Cavs fan now. The fans who stuck with their team through the hard times deserve that label, not me. I’m a LeBron fan. Or, more specifically, I’m a fan of the Greatness he possesses, and of seeing it manifest itself. It’s such a fleeting thing, and you’ll see it so few times in your life. It’s a life too short, in my opinion, to just handwave that away for the sake of some small measure of schadenfreude. I want to see it, to bask in it, to recognize it when it’s in front of me, and to appreciate it while it’s here because it’ll be gone in what seems like an instant. I am Witness. We all are. You only get so many chances to be, so choose wisely which ones you let slip away.”

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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 If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after finding himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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LeBron James: I’m coming back to Cleveland

I’m not much of a basketball fan, but I’m enough of a casual observer to have been seriously disappointed when LeBron left Cleveland.

And I’ve been pulling against him and Miami ever since (like much of the rest of America).

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