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Went to Whole Foods. That was my first mistake. Bought six items — I repeat, six items — and the total was $82.14. I made one full meal from those items before realizing I would need to return…to procure more organic, non-GMO, free-range, grass-fed, all-natural ingredients…along with helpers, the things you can’t eat alone, like salad dressing, pink Himalayan salt, jam, chia seeds, tea, etc.

I was excited and dismayed all at once. On one hand, I couldn’t wait to whip out my cookbook and get fancy — ya know, post filtered photos on Instagram and brag about my chef…


Money is the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost of American life

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What, but the rapacity of the only men who exercised their reason, the priests, secured such vast property to the church, when a man gave his perishable substance to save himself from the dark torments of purgatory.

— Mary Wollstonecraft

Not far from my home, maybe half a lap around a track, is a Shell station that lights up a bleak corner in an otherwise well-to-do area. …


Einstein famously said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

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“Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.” — Bruce Garrabrandt

You never start with everything you need. I believe that. Maybe there’s just some universal law dictating that pioneers should never begin with all the tools needed to go the distance. As someone who’s been eternally employed in the business of business, it’s a theory that certainly rings true. It’s just surprising how long and how difficult it was for me…to accept that simple reality.

What I’ve learned is this: greatness, very often, prizes inspired and creative action over studied…


Over the last few months, God has used numbers, animals, people, and weather, to gain my undivided attention. And yet many devout Christians warn I’m flirting with the occult.

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In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. — Genesis 1:1, ESV

A year ago, I was warned I would experience difficulties with my health. A snake told me — actually, two snakes told me. I was walking through a lush, National Heritage Area located east of Atlanta, and a snake slithered across my path. One hour later, another was coiled up, in the center of the walkway.

Being the millennial that I am, I zapped into videographer and researcher mode, shooting a quick video for The Gram (Instagram) and then Googling the meaning of snake sightings.

Yes…


I’m not anti-social, maladjusted, or unrealistic. I’m an entrepreneur.

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Two years ago, I decided to go my own way. While it will go down as one of the more foolish decisions I’ve ever made, things have worked out fine — if fine is defined as strained romantic relationships, the loss of childhood friends, arduous personal-growth phases, and crippling anxiety.

What’s more, if flailing about while trying to grow a business during a global pandemic was not enough, I had to fight off the voices that meant well but didn’t mean well. What I was trying to accomplish was, by no means, easy, but critics viewed my zeal and my…


Business, love, life and peace, begin and end with consistent action and positive thinking.

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Consistency of performance is essential. You don’t have to be exceptional every week but as a minimum you need to be at a level that even on a bad day you get points on the board. — Sean Dyche

Let this be the first thing I say: If you’re not where you want to be, it’s because you’re inconsistent. Emotional balance, tangible results, and winning visions, all stem from a steadfast mind. In short, consistency is the mental glue that holds everything together. That’s why, when you see someone quit a physical activity, such as cycling or running on a…


When it comes to securing victory, who better to listen to than 15-time major champion Tiger Woods.

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When it comes to personal and professional success, positioning is key. Placement is highly regarded in the world of marketeers and self-development gurus, and for good reason! In any endeavor, but particularly those that are competitive in nature — like sales or sports — failure to position your product, brand, or efforts in alignment with the desires of the customer or your individual goals frequently results in loss.

Plain and simple, if your actions or products do not generate awareness, communicate value, or convert potential clients, be it sports or business, you will soon be in dire straits.

What They Say

You sometimes…


Trust me, you know who they are.

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I started not to write this, considering there are family and friends who follow my submissions here on Medium. Out of love and respect, I gave them this much credit, that they, at least occasionally come here and read what I have to say — which is more than what they give, and have given me, if we’re talking about credit and not what I have to say.

I’m experiencing a curious ailment known only to doers and visionaries and grapplers: it is the tempestuous revelations of growth. While the masses understand this affliction conceptually, its true nature eludes them…


I know it’s hard. I know you want to quit. But, read this before you do!

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“A year ago, everything was different. I wouldn’t have pictured myself like this. And now that I look back, I have realized that a year can do a lot to a person.” — Unknown

Give it a year. This adage applies to everything. Any endeavor that is marked by the merits of progress can attest to the power of time — and in this case, the power of one year.

It’s taken me 18 months, since starting my business, to finally surrender to this hard-won conclusion about big goals: anything worthwhile will take at least one year to bear fruit…


I constantly worry about money. There’s simply no other way to say it.

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I want to feel, but…without the texture of money printed on my thoughts. For me, and countless others who live paycheck-to-paycheck, life is always on the other side of a dollar bill, and I’m tired of it. All of my existence is colored in the patina of financial strain. And the culprit, the double-edged sword of Capitalism, could be destroyed were it not for our incessant desire to live above the people we were born beside.

Every expenditure holds a little life in it. The irony is, in every cent saved is a life yet lived. And while work is…

Nicholas Landers

An anxious writer/author who explores the laws of success and, occasionally, greater humanitarian issues. @TeacherInYourPocket on Insta and YouTube.

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