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Meet Bud at The 2017 NW Book Festival

Meet Bud at The 2017 NW Book Festival

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Bud will be one of the authors at this year's NW Book Festival in Portland, Oregon. If you are local to the Portland area or visiting, please consider joining Bud for the 9th Annual NW Book Festival, happening in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square on July 29, 2017. Hours are 10:00AM to 4:30PM. The festival is free to the Public.
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Enjoy Your Chemistry!!

Enjoy Your Chemistry!!

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I always knew humans are affected by chemistry (hormones) in our body.  I never really looked into it until recently when my son Grant shared a video by Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last. The gold nugget or ah ha moment for me was when Simon went into detail about the hormones and their role.  It was like a light bulb went on inside my head – Enjoy Your Journey and the 10 Bedrock Truths is all about Enjoying Your Chemistry!! What we do and how we respond affect how our hormone system engages.   The two hormones I want to focus on are Oxytocin and Cortisol. Oxytocin is like an antidepressant and it has a positive effect on prosocial behaviors.  When we have good levels of Oxytocin we are relaxed,…
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Are We Open?

Are We Open?

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What I love about this picture of my son Grant teaching his grandfather how to better use his Iphone is that learning can go both ways.  Here is a guy that was born in the mid 1920's, raised on a ranch in Western South Dakota during the depression, was a navigator on B-29's during WWII and has been shot down, came home and went to college, started a business, and raised a family.  He is open to learning from someone much younger than he is and who has experienced much less of life than he has.  Why? That Iphone allows him to stay in closer contact will family and friends and he recognizes the skill and familiarity that the younger generation has with technology.  His pride does not get in…
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Margin of Money…The Bedrock Truth: Living with Less

Margin of Money…The Bedrock Truth: Living with Less

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On HGTV there are numerous shows on Tiny House Living.  This trend is probably not for everyone, but the idea of living with less should be something everyone should consider.  As I read this article “The Financial Benefits of Living With Less” I was amazed that the average household spends 10% of their income on interest!  Most probably have a mortgage and unless we have overbought, owning a home is a benefit over renting.  But how much of it is car payments and credit cards where we are buying stuff that in a short time it is gone?  My wife used to have the saying “Simple Elegance” and her perspective in decorating a home that  less is better so it doesn’t look cluttered.  I can say I have never bought a new car and…
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All Things Work Together for Good to Those Who Love God

All Things Work Together for Good to Those Who Love God

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When a challenge or tough time comes our way, we all have a choice as to how we will deal with difficult circumstances. The next time a challenge shows up in your life, why not embrace it and become the person you admire? Here’s what I recommend: grow your relationship with God, family, and other important people in your life. Evaluate your life and prioritize your desires and actions so the important things are done first and the lower value things are the ones that get knocked down the list and perhaps not done at all. Live life, so there are no regrets! Choose to be the role model that not only brings joy to your journey, but to the journey of others! In the difficult times, what do you…
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Doing Your Best, Doing It Right

Doing Your Best, Doing It Right

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truly believe in the “Work hard while doing your best, do the right things, and go through the doors of opportunity that are in front of you” philosophy. Working hard may be pretty easy to put our minds around. But how about “do the right thing”? My definition of “do the right thing” is this: “Can you pass the ‘red face test’ if you share your motives and actions to all that are affected by what you do?” The “red face test” is not the same for all people, of course, but you need to worry only about your “red face test.” Could I ever have planned my journey and the points of interest along the way? No way! For me, had I not been open to new ventures and…
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You Can Reason Only with  Reasonable People

You Can Reason Only with Reasonable People

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So how do you respond to unreasonable people? The first thing is to identify who is being unreasonable, and that may be easy to see since most of them display this characteristic on a regular basis. If you can, avoid them! If not, minimize your time and topics if you deal with them one on one. And if necessary, have a witness. One of the keys to dealing with emergencies is planning and writing out a plan on how to deal with them. During the emergency is not the time to do the planning as we don’t do our best planning and thinking in stressful situations. The same type of plan needs to be thought through and chosen ahead of time on dealing with unreasonable people.
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Conflict Is Not Bad; Only Unresolved Conflict Is Bad

Conflict Is Not Bad; Only Unresolved Conflict Is Bad

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I have tried to pass this truth down to my boys as I have found this topic to be so true in my life. “Conflict is not bad; only unresolved conflict is bad.” It is in the process of resolving the conflict that the most effective solutions emerge. This process allows for a joint resolution that provides a better solution for all. It also helps to build strong relationship bonds because of the trust it builds from resolving the conflict.
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The Power of Diversity

The Power of Diversity

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I love to use football as an analogy for teamwork. I was a linebacker and we all know that linebackers are good looking, athletic, and smart. But how good would a team be with 53 linebackers? You need offensive linemen, defensive linemen, and they are different from one another. Quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, defensive backs, and yes, even kickers who may not have real pads or helmets—but when you need that extra point, field goal, or well-placed punt, they are critical to team success. “Power of diversity of skills and thought” is the theme here and it applies to any team who is looking for high performance. “If two people think alike, one of them is not needed.” In managing complex and/or important situations, “Plan wisely before moving forward.” The…
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Big Windshield Looking Forward, Small Mirror Looking Back

Big Windshield Looking Forward, Small Mirror Looking Back

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Approach life from the viewpoint of the driver’s seat: with a “big windshield looking forward and a small rearview mirror looking back.” It is more important to continue to look forward and navigate effectively through life than to constantly look back in the review mirror. We should glance at it periodically to gain perspective or lessons we can apply to our journey, but our primary focus is ahead. So let me ask you these questions about your current journey: Where are you going? Who are you leading? How much do you want to focus on what’s current and what is in front of you versus staying focused on the past? The answers to these very important questions will drastically affect how you navigate your journey and how you will lead…
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