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2021 Resolutions

2021 Resolutions

The year that seems to last for five years has ended.  Yet, has that changed anything?  No, it is just a date on a calendar that allows us to clean the board and start over.

Many of you made resolutions on December 31 about goals for the new year.

Have you checked back in with them to see if you are on track?.

Statistically, the first day of a goal is the most difficult.  Want to set a goal?  Decide what your goal is and divide it by ten.

Make that your goal.

A speaker and author that I enjoy reading and receiving his weekly blog is Jon Acuff.  I would encourage you to get his weekly emails and see how they fit you and your organization.

Recently, he wrote about “How to Read 100 Books in a Year”. 


Did You Invite a Cyber Criminal to Thanksgiving?

Did You Invite a Cyber Criminal to Thanksgiving?

We have all been exposed to some pretty heavy stuff lately—it has been a massive year—but as we head towards Thanksgiving, I thought I would take a break from COVID-19 and election madness to alert you to make you and your family safer and possibly save you up to $25,000.

My recommendation has little to do with your investments; however, it could save you and your family thousands of dollars in today’s cyber connected world.

We are all dealing with working from home and learning from home and exposing yourself to cyberattacks.  Most universities and colleges are closing at Thanksgiving, and the kids are coming home, which only increases the online presence in your house.

Cyberattacks are BIG BUSINESS.

The professionalism and sophisticated approach to cyberattacks are increasing daily.


Michael Tannery Unplugged Scattershooting

Michael Tannery Unplugged Scattershooting

A couple of significant influences in my life are both sports-related.  I am sure that comes as little surprise to those that have know me for a long or short time.

The first was Blackie Sherrod, an American journalist and sportswriter who wrote for the Temple Telegram, Fort Worth Press, Dallas Times Herald, and The Dallas Morning News in a career that spanned more than sixty years. I was a Dallas Times Herald paperboy (early entrepreneurial experience) when I first read his columns.

On Sunday, his column was Scattershooting, which makes him the world’s first blogger.

The other influence is Dale Hansen of WFAA.  I despise him for what he did in 1986, leading to SMU Football getting the death penalty.   Despite that, he was doing what the leaders at SMU would not do.  He was doing his job.  The undercover reporting spring boarded him in his television career that now counts 37 years at WFAA, and he just signed a new two-year contract.

Dale Hansen’s Unplugged started in 1982 with his Thank God For Kids and has evolved over the years.  You either agree with him or you do not, and both of those are ok.

Over the decade of writing nearly weekly blogs, there have been times when I just wanted to say what was on my mind.  Yes, I usually would go ahead, but I decided based on a few events this week that I would, from time to time, have my mixture of being unplugged and Scattershooting.  I would hope that both Blackie and Dale would appreciate the effort.



Black Friday is DEAD

Black Friday is DEAD

Black Friday is dead.

There are 75 shopping days until Christmas, and most of what is going to be purchased this year will be online.

There will be very little hearing of the Salvation Armey bells ringing as you approach the shopping mall.  They are going to need to rewrite the lyrics to Up on the Housetop.

Sing-Along – The “old” version is

Up on the Housetop, reindeer pause
Out jumps good ol’ Santa Claus
Down through the chimney with lots of toys
All for the little ones’ Christmas joys

Ho ho ho, who wouldn’t go
Ho ho ho, who wouldn’t go
Up on the Housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick


Who Inspires You – Welcome Brad Livingstone

Who Inspires You – Welcome Brad Livingstone


fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

What inspires you today?

Are you adjusting to the everyday life alterations since the pandemic began?

Are you wondering what is happening with the kids’ education, missing friends, family members, and co-workers?

With worrying about the economy, your kids’ schoolwork, and people’s health and given how taxing the new normal is, how are we supposed to inspire?

This valuable resource can be elusive even in “normal” times, but right now, it can feel nearly impossible.


Nineteen Years Later –  September 11

Nineteen Years Later – September 11

Nineteen years ago, today, the United States was attacked by terrorists in an attempt to disrupt and destroy the country we know and love.

This year the world has been ravaged by a pandemic.

In both times, many gave their lives to save others without regard for their own lives. We call those “Hero’s.”

I remember the morning of 9/11 vividly, and yet the rest of the day was a continuous blur. Today’s college freshmen were born in 2001, and those born after have no direct knowledge of what occurred.

Currently, we live in a divided country impacted by “new terrorists” that use technology to attack us and impact our lives through misinformation.

My brother-in-law Patrick’s business partner Adam Mayblum was on the 87th floor of 1 World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Adam was luckily a survivor.

That fateful evening Adam sent this email and then 365 days later, a follow-up.

This year we need to mute the outside world, to stop listening to those that would destroy us, and to remember the precious people that are in our family and communities.

Let us never forget our “Heros.”

These are the emails from Adam.