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Your “YES” Also Means “NO”

Let’s talk about one of the hardest problems that Americans face today. What is it? Taking on a healthy approach to life.  Some people call it work/life balance. That is a farce and I’ll explain why.  Let’s begin by talking about your “yes”.  When a person says “yes” to something they are automatically saying “no” to something else.  If you say “yes” to work you are also saying “no” to family, rest time, hobbies, etc.  If you say “yes” to family, you may be saying “no” to sports, community activities, and work.  You get the gist.  Your “yes” also means “no”.  Many American’s feel like they need to do it all.  That they need to work hard, climb the ladder, make there business more profitable while also having family time, quality of life through hobbies and more.  The thing most Americans don’t realize is that they are limited human beings with only so much time in the day and only so much energy.  Sound bleak?  It shouldn’t.  It just means that we need to make choices.  I recently saw a news report on the Today Show about a business called Double Good.  They are a gourmet popcorn company.  The business owner, Tim Heitmann, said that he had a heart for charity work but could not reconcile the demands of big business with his desire to give back to children.  He made a shift in his business plan and now owns a company that believes in what they are doing and has a healthy and happy culture.  I mention this story because it is a good example of how a person...

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There’s Something About Community

I went to law school in Virginia Beach. While there, I was often asked whether I liked living in Ohio (because apparently, a few people don't). But I did, which is why, no matter where I've traveled, I've always come back home. There's just something here, in the rural countryside of Ohio, that I have not found anywhere else. It's hard to explain if you haven't experienced it. Part of it may be that rural Ohio - Holmes County specifically - has retained some of the old-fashioned charms of simpler days. But it's not just that the county has the largest population of Amish in the country, or that I grew up here. What I truly love about my home is that I am part of a community larger than my friend group, larger than my street address, even larger than my county. The dictionary offers two definitions of community "1. A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. 2. A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals." Many places in the world have (1), few truly have (2). One of the common interests that creates the community around here is farming. Growing up, it seemed all my friends either lived on a farm or wanted to live on one. My family was more of the in-between, owning a "hobby farm" but wanting the "real deal." As my younger siblings choose careers, I see...

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Why I Became an Attorney

One of the questions that I have been asked many times over past several years is why I decided to become an attorney. While I am sure there are times the question has been nothing more than a conversation starter, there is a general curiosity why someone who grew up in a Beachy Amish home would make the life choice of becoming an attorney. Like so many others people's stories, to understand how I ended up becoming an attorney, you have to understand where I have been....

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Figure It Out

We have been exploring the word "mentoring" but for the purposes of this article, I would like the word "Coaching" instead. To me, mentoring implies one person, probably someone who has been doing the job for many years and is overseeing every aspect of a person's job. But coaching has another view for me. If you look at a coach or a teacher they go through a process of working with a student or team....

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In Memoriam

This past week one of my friends, Andy (Bims) Mast passed away. We were not friends in the traditional sense that often think of as friends. We didn't share many common interests and outside of the occasional breakfast, we didn't spend much time together over the past five years. Bims and I came from different generations and often had different ways of looking at the world. But despite these differences, we became friends when we worked in the same business over twenty years ago. I was a typical high school teenager who was looking for a summer job, and Bims was the seasoned employee who wasn't sure that I would last the summer....

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Embedding Culture

For more than 5 years we have been building the cultural touchstones of our business. For most of that time, those touchstones came from the ownership down to our team. But something changed in 2017. At first, it was a comment here and there, then it grew into discussions, and, as I found out last week at our 4th quarter meeting, our cultural touchstones are a now firmly held beliefs about who we are and how we act as a team and business....

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