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grin and bare it

A blog by Matthew Dicks

Pride Month is full of pride

By mattyd | June 13, 2024

It’s Pride Month: It is a month-long occasion for celebrating the LGBTQ+ culture and raising awareness of their rights and history. Two days ago, as I stood onstage at my school, speaking to the student…

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“Stories Sell: Storyworthy Strategies to Grow Your Business and Brand” born today!

By mattyd | June 11, 2024

My latest book, “Stories Sell: Storyworthy Strategies to Grow Your Business and Brand” publishes today! My book’s birthday! The book is a guide to using the power of storytelling to succeed in business of any…

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The story is about me!

By mattyd | June 10, 2024

“Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you.” – Jeffrey Cranor or Jay Michaelson The internet isn’t sure who said it first. Either way, I hate this idea. it’s nonsense.…

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There is no audience

By mattyd | June 9, 2024

A recent social media posting that received a lot of attention on the internet: “Years ago, when I was in my 20s, a bold and artistically daring older friend who has since passed on gave…

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The ridiculousness of packing for camp

By mattyd | June 8, 2024

Packing lists for weeks-long camps are a little ridiculous. In response, parents already paying thousands of dollars for sleepaway camps are deciding that the cost to get their child’s camp trunk squared away by professionals…

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A whole bunch of Americans are not living in reality

By mattyd | June 7, 2024

A recent Harris poll indicates: 55% of Americans believe the economy is shrinking, and 56% think the US is experiencing a recession, even though the broadest measure of the economy – gross domestic product (GDP)…

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Happy retirement, Irene

By mattyd | June 6, 2024

Irene Otte retired Wednesday after working for 51 years in the cafeteria of the school where I teach. I’ve been teaching at the same school for the past 25 years, which I thought was quite…

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Mike Lombardi on leadership

By mattyd | June 5, 2024

In a recent newsletter, Mike Lombardi offers eight critical principles of leadership. I love this list. But I also believe that it’s not so much a list for leaders as it is for human beings.…

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Cindy’s gift is best unopened

By mattyd | June 4, 2024

Four years ago, a student named Cindy gave me a birthday gift wrapped in handmade wrapping paper that was so lovely that I decided never to open the gift. Cindy, it turned out, was fine…

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Ryan Reynolds and Matthew Dicks on storytelling

By mattyd | June 3, 2024

Actor and entrepreneur Ryan Renolds said, “Whether you’re talking about the unexpected nature of sports, low-cost wireless, gin, connected TV marketing, ad tech, those kinds of things, the connective tissue between each one of those…

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