TOP 10 POSTS FOR AUGUST 2011

How was your August 2011 and what are you looking forward to for September 2011?

My August was crazy with moving to California, launching FREELUNCHFRIDAY, pitching a few new startups, and trying to continue writing my books; one on social media and the other on business and self help. It was a super busy and overwhelming month at times and I am now thankful to say that we are settled in and it feels like Gods hand is on everything.

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CONTENT STRATEGY: STOP MAKING IT SOMEONE ELSES PROBLEM

Can we agree that there is just way to much shit out there in terms of content? You got everyone there brother and there dog creating content these days. Where is all the good stuff and how do we find it?

In my opinion it’s pretty ridiculous. You got people who have no experience other than a few writing classes trying to write about entrepreneurship, and then you got Joe Schmo writing about social media and trying to act like he’s some social media professional because he has all of his college buddies as friends on facebook. Are you kidding me?

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WHO EVER SAID THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH?

No more stupid, old, traditional networking where a bunch of lame and boring people stand around with suits and ties trying to push their 401 (k) plans, insurance, and uninteresting business on you? This is no more. That might have been normal and original at one time or another, but not anymore.

This is the new normal. This is FREE LUNCH FRIDAY and we are all about connections, conversation, and community. We believe in empowering people, companies, and communities to eat, share, collaborate, and make things happen that can change the world.

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WHY I MOVED TO CALIFORNIA

For several weeks now maybe months people have asked, “why California? Why do you want to move there?” These are all great questions and I’m very happy that people have asked them.

I’ve been pretty vague on my answers though. Not because I wanted to be rude (it probably came across that way) but because I didn’t want people trying to sway me from a decision that I felt God leading me. I think often times we make decisions not based on our inner voice from God, but based on the people around us. I wasn’t going to be that guy anymore. When God speaks we need to listen!

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20 NEW AND UPDATED THINGS TO LOOK FOR ON MY WEBSITE

Just last week I launched my new website! I am very excited about it and I can’t stop pulling out my phone or my laptop and looking at it. It’s almost like getting a new car, but in my mind better!

With all this excitement, I need to take a moment to thank a lot of people who helped me make it happen. Without each and every one of them I wouldn’t have been able to get it done. Everyone worked hard, shared ideas, gave suggestions, and collaborated to completion.

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Q&A WITH RYAN PAVLOVICH

This is a Q&A session with Ryan Pavlovich a photographer who loves loud music, neat whiskey, and images that tell stories. You can follow him on Twitter, friend request him on Facebook, or drop him a line at his website. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest blogging page.

I recently had the privilege to catch up and spend some time with Ryan Pavlovich or aka Ryan P Photo. This is what I like to call him – I think it flows nice! We had a great time doing a shoot, talking life, future, visions, and what’s next.

PHOTO BY: RYAN PAVLOVICH

Ryan is a photographer and an entrepreneur out of Grand Rapids, MI doing some pretty amazing things. I urge you to check out his work and give him a call.

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THE LEGEND OF LICHTLE

This post is dedicated to Josh Lichtle; a friend, a brother, and one of the greatest motocross riders to ever walk this planet. Josh, I want you to know one thing, your legend will live on forever. You made an impact on so many lives in the short time you were here, and for that, we are all so very thankful. Peace be with you our brother. GODSPEED 811.

There once lived a man named Josh Litchtle #811 GODSPEED. You could notice him by his big, white, beautiful smile that could have stretched all the way around the world. You could also notice him by his love, compassion, and huge one footers!  Yup, you got it, the largest one footers on the planet. If you don’t believe me ask around, it’s a legacy!

Josh Litchtle wasn’t your average man or human being. Josh was a man on a mission. Not just any mission either, a mission to live his life to the fullest. And there wasn’t anyone or anything that was going to stop him from doing just that.

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INTERGENERATIONAL MINISTRY

This is a guest post by Matthew Deprez. Matthew is a father, husband, author, and pastor at Frontline Community Church. He also wrote the book rediscovering Jesus: the art of taking christianity seriously. You can follow him on Twitter, friend request him on Facebook, or reach him at his website. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my contact page.

I’ve been a pastor for almost 6 years and I love what I do. Since I’ve become a Christian 10 years ago I’ve spent most of my time reading theology, hundreds of books, having countless conversations with un-churched and de-churched people, and everything in between. But nothing, and I literally mean nothing has been more compelling to me than what I experienced two years ago.

Two years ago, I was exposed to the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) at Fuller Theological Seminary. FYI is committed to “leveraging research into resources that elevate leaders, kids, and families.”

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HOT DOGS, BEER, AND FREEDOM

Check out this pretty cool infographic created by oBizMedia.com about the 4th of July, answering every question you ever had about this day. Well, maybe not every question, but it’s still pretty fun!

Red, white, blue, fireworks and parades, stars and stripes, flags, family gatherings, and backyard barbecues, this is how we celebrate our freedom and the 4th of July. Thank God for this beautiful country and all the amazing people that live here today.

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