Tuesday, December 06, 2005


Las Vegas is one of my favorite places to visit. Obviously Vegas does has its moral dilemas, but putting that aside I would like to talk about the creativity it takes for the city to rebuild itself and for the innovation that takes place in our own lives. Some of the most famous implosion videos come from buildings, that by most standards are luxurious, being torn down and being rebuilt in Vegas. Last night I saw a interview with Steve Wynn on CNBC. He was talking about the innovation that it takes to keep Vegas growing. For those of you that do not know who he is, he has created the modern skyline of Las Vegas. He developed Mirage Properties which included the Mirage, Treasure Island, Monte Carlo, and the Belagio. He sold these to MGM and has now built his multi-billion dollar Wynn Resort. He said that things that kept peoples attention 10 years ago wouldn't even draw a yawn today. When thinking about this he is absolutly right. I think back 8 years ago when I was in college and cell phones were just becoming cheap enough to buy. If your parents had a cell phone wow they must be cutting edge, now I go to school and every kid has one and doesn't think a thing about it. The internet was just becoming user friendly 8 years ago, any web page was cool. Now it takes a multi media presentation on the web to catch peoples attention. Technology has allowed us to innovate faster than ever. The big idea, as Donny Deutsch would say or think big as Donald Trump would say has to be faster and more technologically advanced then ever before. Wynn's big idea, Wynn Resort, had more innovations in online building, design, and outsourcing than any other hotel ever built. The Le Reve showroom at Wynn is one of the most advanced theaters ever built. The website for Wynn Las Vegas has interative tours of the rooms and voice prompts from Mr. Wynn himself. In the interview he said he needed to generate 3 million dollars a day for Wynn Las Vegas to be successful. We limit our scale of thinking all the time. People who have these big ideas are not doing anything that nobody else has thought of. They just act on their ideas and make them happen. They plan for success and then they execute, simple as that. This brings up the question, how do we break out of our shell and become innovative? How do we purposely pursue innovation at work, home, in our religion? What steps do we take to keep peoples' attention? (the above picture is a picture I took in 2004 for when Wynn Las Vegas was being built)

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Monday, November 28, 2005

Media Circus

As Many of you know I attend school at IUSB. Well last Monday I had class the same time as the great time zone debate. So I decided to take some pictures and then write a post with my views. First let me say that at first I was totally in agreement with switching to eastern time because of the economic impact that it was to give us. That being said I have changed my mind!!! How about we just leave the time alone. If you are a business and your argument is that being on eastern time will help your business, then maybe half the year you should start doing business an hour earlier. Also if your business is so dependent on one hour maybe a revision to your business plan would be a better use of your time. As for this debate and media circus about the time maybe our money and time would be better spent doing something productive such as helping the poor and homeless rather then wasting time arguing about 1 hour!!! Same goes for our politians....Please do something productive!!! We already have the perfect compromise, half of the year we are on eastern and half we are on central. So many times we put road blocks in our way that block us from being productive. So much time has been wasted on this topic. Maybe the highway board that determines the time zones should have said we are not going to waste our time on something that has worked for years, we're going to build better roads instead! Does one hour make that big of difference? I think not! Lets end this useless debate that is dividing us and do something worth while.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Half Way Point

Well I am pleased to anounce that Jami is half-way through her pregnancy!!! What a interesting experience it has been so far. Within the last couple weeks I can feel the baby move, what an awesome thing!!! It is amazing what God can do. This week starts a new series at GCC about parenting. I am looking forward to the lessons that will be taught as my wife and I will be new parents in March. I am sure there are things that her and I can't even imagine about raising a child so I am hoping that we will be well tuned to what each speaker might have to say from their experience. Keep praying for us as we go through this time of change and growth.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Awesome Family

With school, work, a sick wife, and now adding on to the house, my time has become very limited these last couple of months. House work, which I am not very good at to begin with, has fallen behind. This is were I get to praise what an awesome family I have. First my mother-in-law has been at the house several times doing laundry, dishes , and in general just cleaning. My aunts, uncles, and cousin have started to build the addition to our house. Then Monday night my Dad, Mom, Sister and her kids come and mow lawn, clean the house, do laundry and dishes. I am totally amazed!!! Thank God for the wonderful family he has given to me. I can't thank them enough for the time that they have given up for me and my wife.

Thanks so much,


Sunday, September 25, 2005


This Saturday I played golf with some customers. It is amazing how a simple game can remind you how your life has changed. When I used to play I would get real mad and frustrated when I wouldn't hit the ball as far as I thought I should. My negative attitude would cause my game to suffer. Now that I grown up and matured I don't hit the ball nearly as far, but I hit it straight and maintain a positive attitude. My scores have gradually been lower and I have had more fun playing the game and enjoying people. Even though I play less then I used to I enjoy the game so much more. I read a article this week on managing your thoughts. It talked about how people were so good at managing their time, money, and weight. But how many people are good at their thoughts? If managing your thoughts can help your golf game this much imagine what it can do for your life.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

My first Blog

Hello all!!!

Well this is my first Blog. I'm not sure what the craze is about writing and everyone reading your thoughts, but I thought I would give it a try. Today is one of those days that you realize life is short and God may have a different plan for you. There are things that remind us of this everyday if we would just open our eyes to this. I always have to remember that although I am the driver I didn't build the road. This weekend I got to play music for 5th and 6th graders at my church. Watching them you realize they don't have plan, they just go with the flow. I wonder how much easier life would be if we adults would do the same as them.
Since this is the first time I have written I will end with those thoughts.