People You Need To Know

For the month of November, I’m working on a project first presented by Jon Acuff. The month-long project is known as “Need To Knowvember”. You can follow along on Twitter and Facebook by searching for the hashtag #NeedToKnowvember.

Each day one person is highlighted. You may or may not already know these people, but the purpose of the post is to promote them to a wider audience and highlight some of the great projects they are working on every day.


Here are my #NeedToKnowvember people for the first 10 days of the month.

Matt Ham: Perspective To Enrich Your Life

Paul Sohn: Salt & Light – Empowering Christian Leaders Rise To The Top

Chris Theule-Vandam: Western Great Lakes Young Life

Larissa Theule: Fat & Bones Book

Mike Loomis: Launch & Grow Your Dream Project

Abbie Unger: Flight Attendant Career Connection

Kelsey Humphreys: Author-Speaker-Entrepreneur

Amy Campbell: The Red Checker and My Resume Lady

Lisa Anderson: Around The Table

Josh Collins: Experience Architect

Corie Clark: The Simplicity Project

Brandi Goff McElheny: Beauty For Ashes Uganda


These folks are dreaming and building and hustling in their lives. They are stepping out to achieve their Big Hairy Audacious Goals!

Do you have a big project you are working on? Share it with us in the comments.


I know, I know. Yesterday I told you I would be writing every day for 31 straight days, but I wouldn’t be posting to the blog every day. Well, here we are on Day 2 and I’m posting again.

But this is important.

This is baseball.

Tigers cap with ball

Tonight the Detroit Tigers, MY Detroit Tigers, will begin play against the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Division Series (ALDS). The series is a best of 5. The first two games are in Baltimore, tonight and tomorrow afternoon. The 3rd game will be at Comerica Park in Detroit Sunday afternoon.

If all goes perfectly, which it seldom does, the Tigers will wrap up the ALDS with a win Sunday afternoon.

By now you’re probably wondering what this particular post has to do with my stated intent to Refresh/Encourage/Inspire. I’ll make it easy. Click this link below to the Official MLB site for the Kansas City Royals and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Check out the amazing stories of the long-suffering fans, and the stories of the coaches and players in the dugout during the American League Wildcard game played this past Tuesday. The Royals came back from a deficit to push the game to extra innings. And then, in the bottom of the 12th inning, down by one run, they came back again to win the game. This was the 1st Royals playoff game and playoff win since 1985.

I guarantee you the fans, players, coaches, owners, and employees of the Royals, are Refreshed/Encouraged/Inspired.

Link: Kansas City Royals – MLB 

What has Refreshed/Encouraged/Inspired you this week?


Reading, Writing, Baseball, and Slavery

I read quite a number of books every year. Usually the total ends up between 30 and 60.

A vast majority of the books I read fall in the non-fiction side of things, with a slant toward the self-help/business/inspiration categories. I love a good novel too, but only fall to the fiction side of things a couple of times a year.

One specific book I was waiting for with high anticipation hit most of my sweet spots in life. It teased me with pre-publishing hints about Baseball, Dreams, Passion, and Freedom for those shackled in modern-day slavery. It did not disappoint.

My friend Ethan Bryan is a master storyteller with a passion for baseball and a dream to rid the world of slavery. He’s also a great writer.

“Catch and Release: Faith, Freedom, and Knuckleballs” is Ethan’s most recent release.
Catch and Release Cover 1

In it he tracks through the 2013 Major League Baseball season of his beloved Kansas City Royals, how it coincides with his goal of becoming “The World’s Best Catch Player”, and his desire to raise funds to eliminate modern-day slavery in conjunction with the organization “Not For Sale.”

Why would Baseball and the fight against slavery be in the same book? Good question. This quote from Nelson Mandela, included at the beginning of the book, sums it up pretty well.

“Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.” – Nelson Mandela

Ethan is using his skills as storyteller and writer to further breakdown the barriers to modern-day slavery.

Ethan is trying to engage leaders, organizations, regular people, and Major League Baseball players in a conversation we should all be involved in. Many people around the world, but specifically in typical Western Civilization, have no idea of the rampant disease that is modern-day slavery.

Some of us, me included, hear little blurbs about slavery in the news and at specific times of the year, like during the Super Bowl. But, it is not something forefront in our minds on a daily basis.

Ethan’s writing is part of his plan of action to change this for us. He is doing a stellar job.

For me, this quote from chapter 8 sums up what Ethan is trying to do:

“Changing the world happens as we live out the passions and dreams God has whispered into our hearts. When we have the courage and audacity to simply and unapologetically be the amazing people that God whispered into being, the world will change.” – Ethan Bryan

To learn more about the ongoing fight against modern-day slavery, check out
Not For Sale Campaign

To purchase Ethan’s book, go here:
Hearts and Minds Books – Catch and Release: Faith, Freedom, and Knuckleballs

Connect with Ethan.
Twitter: Ethan Bryan
Facebook: Ethan Bryan