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grin and bare it

A blog by Matthew Dicks

The ideal Thanksgiving Day meal time

By mattyd | November 26, 2022

I enjoyed a lovely and perfect Thanksgiving this year. In the company of some of our friends and family, we shared food, conversation, and football. We chatted about our work and our children. We laughed…

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Painful Thanksgiving

By mattyd | November 25, 2022

My Thanksgiving Day began around 4:30 in the morning when the cat jumped onto the bed and caught my left index finger with his claw just right, drawing blood. I was already awake, having opened…

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Thankful for the times I live in today

By mattyd | November 24, 2022

I have a multitude of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, but today, I’m thankful for the time in which I live. Nearly two years ago, a Canadien marketing expert named Joey found a…

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Kung Fu Fighting Dance Party

By mattyd | November 23, 2022

Pay attention to the little things. Remember them. Record them so you will always have them. They are more precious than you could ever imagine. Last night, I introduced Charlie to Carl Douglas’s “Kung Fu…

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Building your nest egg via optimism

By mattyd | November 22, 2022

I love this graphic so much. As a relentless proponent of optimism for so many reasons. There is a chapter on cultivating optimism in my new book, “Someday Is Today.” I write about how optimists…

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Growing golfers! And storytellers!

By mattyd | November 21, 2022

More than 16 years ago, my friend, Tom gifted me a set of golf clubs that he purchased at a yard sale for $10. He tossed them into the back of my truck on a…

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Incompetent friends

By mattyd | November 20, 2022

Am I a jerk to think that it’s hard – and maybe impossible – to have an incompetent friend? If you know for a fact that your friend is terrible at their job, even if…

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Charlie read “Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend”

By mattyd | November 19, 2022

Charlie read “Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend” last week. He began reading it at school after checking out a copy from the library. We have copies of the book here at home, of course, but…

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Like father, like daughter

By mattyd | November 18, 2022

I write letters to my children. Then I stick those letters in envelopes, affix stamps, and mail them to the kids. It’s fun to get mail, even if it’s from your father, and it’s my…

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Storyworthy has launched at last.

By mattyd | November 17, 2022

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of my brand new company, Storyworthy, and my very first online course: Storytelling For Business If you’re a person looking to tell stories for marketing, branding, advertising, leadership, entrepreneurship,…

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