Marsdominion

Rants and Ramblings of an Austin IT Professional

The Lifebuilder’s Creed

I recently came across The Lifebuilder’s Creed by Dale Witherington while watching a the introduction to John Maxwell’s Today Matters leadership training course, and it really touched my soul and I wanted to share.   The Lifebuilder’s Creed Today is the most important day of my life. Yesterday with its successes and victories, struggles and Continue Reading

It Could Have Been Worse

Things have been pretty trying for me the last two weeks.  Last Monday, just before leaving for work, my outside electrical panel had and issue and caused a fire in the panel as well as in my kitchen behind my stove.  The damage was relatively minor, thanks to the the fact that when it happened Continue Reading

Winning by Losing

Since the tail end of my military career, my weight has been a problem.  When I left the Army in 2000 I weighed in at right about 205, which is just about the limit for a 6’ soldier.  Of course, things have only went down hill from their.  Bad eating habits that I developed as Continue Reading

How Time Flies

Things have been a little crazy around here the last few weeks.  Between my final Boy Scout outing to Washington DC, a trip to New Jersey for work, and then getting caught up locally in the office for the last week, I’m not sure if I am coming or going.  On top of that the Continue Reading

Leadership and People

Last night, my brother-in-law asked a question on Facebook wanting to know the top 5 things that you look for in a Leader.  Needless to say, it elicited a lot of responses.  My first response was to post the Timeless Traits of Leadership that I discussed.  In addition, I followed up with two other things Continue Reading

Forgetting What Lies Behind

Last year I made the commitment to read through the Bible.  As we get ready to start a new year, I wanted to share with you a verse that I feel fits the spirit of the holiday: Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.  But one thing I do: forgetting Continue Reading

Thankful

Things have been pretty busy around here the last few days.  My in-laws were in from upstate New York to celebrate the holidays and as a result my kids and grandkids have been here nearly every day.  As a result, I haven’t had a whole lot of free time to reflect on all the things Continue Reading

Missing the Mark on Privacy

I’m a big fan of L. Gordon Crovitz’s weekly column in the Wall Street Journal (and not just because he is a board member of Dun & Bradstreet).  Much of the time I find myself agreeing with him, but occasionally we are at odds.  This week is one of those weeks. In his column Terrorists Continue Reading

Thanks Comrades

Most people will never understand the sacrifices that those who serve make.  The birthday’s missed, the anniversary’s spent apart, the time separated from loved ones.  Whether you’ve been to a war zone or served during peacetime, you have sacrificed much and have always been willing to sacrifice more. To all that have served, before me, Continue Reading

Small Changes

It’s amazing what a small change can do to improve your attitude and outlook.  This past weekend, my wife and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.  In today’s culture, being married to the same person for that length of time is quite an accomplishment.  As I reflected on the past 20 years, I started to Continue Reading