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Tired of waking up early hating myself, I began writing a self-improvement paragraph each morning. I took it public in an effort to help others with the same problems. I'm honest, imperfect, sincere, & have no idea if my eyes are blue, green, or hazel.

Most Of What I Do Is Uncomfortable

Posted by Nick Gann

Mar 5, 2015 7:17:54 AM

I can remember being envious of others and the life they were given. Having things I wanted. Going places I wanted to go. Knowing people I wanted to know. Then one day I started the process of turning that envy into dedication. I was tired of always seeing them ahead of me. I decided if I wanted to grow I first had to make myself uncomfortable. And now I'm so used to being uncomfortable that it's no longer uncomfortable.

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How I Save Face And Avoid Crow

Posted by Nick Gann

Feb 26, 2015 6:14:05 AM

I'm not sure why poor parking is so frustrating, but when someone can't keep their vehicle between the lines in a parking lot, it makes me wish it would get towed. And the guy who's so close to the line we almost have to get out the other door. What the heck! It's not that hard to do. However, there are times when I've not been able to park correctly because the car beside me didn't park correctly. Then, he leaves while I'm shopping, and the next guy thinks I'm the bum who can't drive.

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Don't Mistake Laziness For Contentment

Posted by Nick Gann

Feb 19, 2015 7:15:34 AM

My goal everyday is to wake up and be a better Nick Gann than I was yesterday. To do a better job of being a dad, to be a better husband and friend, a better employee, and a stronger Christian. There is always room for improvement. And everyday, in some capacity, I let myself down. I fall short of where I want to be, of who I want to be.

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I Choose Not To Be Most People

Posted by Nick Gann

Feb 12, 2015 7:16:54 AM

Sometimes we don't realize when we're not so good at something. We're too busy being bad at it. Most of us would be surprised to learn where we fail or come up short. Some of us don't want to know. It's not that we think we're perfect, we're just fine with who we are - with how we are. 

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Being A Good Parent Is About Being A Good Friend

Posted by Nick Gann

Feb 5, 2015 6:49:28 AM

Some of the absolute best times I had with my dad were when he was more of a friend and less of a parent. Being my friend didn't mean he wasn't teaching me to behave and use manners. It meant he respected me as a person that was trying to grow up. My regret is that too often he wasn't my friend.

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I Excel Because I Choose To Excel

Posted by Nick Gann

Jan 29, 2015 6:35:24 AM

2 years ago RyRo and I were playing catch in the back yard. It was a turning point in his baseball life. He said "Dad, I want to be on a tournament team." He had only played 14 games. Ever. But I told him if he wouldn't complain about practice I could make him good enough to be on a tournament team.

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They Aren't Just A Bunch'a Mexicans

Posted by Nick Gann

Jan 22, 2015 6:57:27 AM

Kelly and I are in the process of building a house. The framers we hired happened to be Mexicans. I almost don't like that term, Mexican, because I've heard it used so often in a derogatory manner. Bunch'a Mexicans this and Bunch'a Mexicans that. They're not all Mexicans! My roofer is from Honduras. Just because he's Hispanic doesn't make him Mexican. And there's nothing wrong with being Mexican!

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A Friend My Boys Need - Me

Posted by Nick Gann

Jan 15, 2015 7:17:58 AM

Lately I've realized [even more] how tough it is to be a parent. Contrary to popular belief, raising our kids is more about being a friend than being a parent. The problem lies within the definition of friend & parent. I recently read where a friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are. What-the-crap-ever! That's not the friend I want.

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Why We Can't Remember Names

Posted by Nick Gann

Jan 8, 2015 6:45:17 AM

It's crazy how much I've learned about listening. 3 things have opened my eyes (and ears... and mind) to what it takes to be a good listener. Let's face it, most people aren't good at it. They're more interested in telling their story than listening to and learning about others. They don't mean to be like that - it's like an addiction. They need an intervention. As you talk, their mind wanders. It's why they can't remember names. They're hearing, just not listening.

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Happy New You

Posted by Nick Gann

Jan 1, 2015 8:50:00 AM

Well, it's a new year, and we expect a new us. Some of us do. Some of you do. Some couldn't care less. Some care too much. I would never recommend waiting until January 1st to start a resolution. That's what people do who aren't that serious.

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