Author Archives: Brandon Blankenship

When You Get Stepped On – What Does It Smell Like?

When you step on a rose it smells like a rose. When you get stepped on what does it smell like? -Jeanne Marie Leslie Deng Thiak Adut was no older than six when he was separated from his mother. And forced to walk 33 days to an army training camp. He drank water squeezed from grass in…

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Mentoring is Noble

We were motivated by our mentors to go an extra mile. ― Lailah Gifty Akita Who do you most admire or who would you want to be more like? Most likely, that person is mentoring someone. Their mentees may go by other names like student or precept, disciple or upasika. Even so, a more experienced…

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From Prison Cell To Congress (How to Step Higher)

“My philosophy is that children should be ahead of their parents, should climb a step higher and make a contribution to the family and to society.” -Minnie Crockett (George’s mother)1 During America’s “Cold War” past there was no open war underway. The era was defined by threats, propaganda and fear. America’s enemy was not a…

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When the Whole Crowd Is Against You

Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.1 Several years ago, I went to see a law partner’s son play college baseball. Of course, most people brag on their children, but this young man really was talented. He was one of those players that made the game…

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What is Nobility?

It all started the day I was having lunch with several people during a weekend training. Everybody was a professional of some sort, I was the only one with a law degree and as I ate (or tried to) they were arguing about what their legal /professional duty was in a particular situation. Each person…

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