[caption id="attachment_317" align="aligncenter" width="568"]Pats (Photo credit: ESPN)[/caption] Last night's football game holds a lesson no dreamer can afford to ignore. I grew up in Massachusetts, so I naturally grew up rooting for the Patriots. Last night on Monday night football, they lost on a last second play. One of the Carolina players held one of the New England players in the end zone. No would argue he was not playing the ball and had his back turned to the play. A penalty flag was thrown by the referee closest to the play and then reversed by a referee 25 yards away. Here's what experts are saying about the call: "the ball would have landed somewhere between a foot and a yard from the feet of Gronkowski" - Peter King, CNNSI "Since the flag was thrown they should have stayed with the call. There was clear contact before the ball was intercepted" - Fox Sports rules expert, Mike Pereira “The pass interference starts four yards deep in the end zone, and that’s where the ball ends up being thrown … It should be a penalty on Kuechly.” Jon Gruden Could the 6 foot 5 Gronk have closed the 1 yard, maybe 1.5 yard, gap between him and the ball even though his momentum was clearly carrying him away? Maybe. Maybe not. There's a lot of argument to be had that the referees cost the Patriots the game, but you know what?

gym All the hustle in the world doesn't matter if you're doing the wrong thing. Putting your head inside a machine that is designed for your legs for instance, won't get you a strong head. It will get you on the Internet and Pinterest though. But all too often we think all we need is hustle, hard work and confidence. Nope. Hustle without purpose is wasted motion. Hard work without meaning is foolish grind. Confidence without skill is misguided arrogance. How do you know if you're doing the right thing? Here are three easy ways:

cardboard Right now I am the most famous I have ever been, which is not much. That's not because I've done a lot of smart things. It's largely because Dave Ramsey generously shared a platform, he spent 20 years building, with me. But I have learned something that should sound familiar because it’s the title of this post. Fame sucks. You think it’s going to be fun. You really do.

We fear the woods. They are dark and unkind at times. We would pave a path through them if we could. A wooden bridge over their waters, a cut walk way through their downed trees. We can't see the way clearly but perhaps even scarier is what we...

I don’t have an office anymore so I’ve been writing in a lot of coffee shops. Over the last few weeks I’ve learned something simple. If you tweet where you are working, you don’t really want to work. You want a friend to stop by and distract you. You want a former coworker to say hi. You want to talk with other people about there favorite item at that particular coffee shop.

Five years ago, I started a blog called “Stuff Christians Like.” On day 9 of its existence, 4,000 people showed up. Why? Because timing matters more than you think. I am not so arrogant to think that if I started Stuff Christians Like today it would grow as quickly or as large. The reality is that there are a lot more people in the water. There are lots of other Christians writing genuinely funny blogs about the foibles of Christians.

I learned the hard way that great ideas without an audience die faster than good ideas with a few fans. For years, I wrote messages on napkins, leaving them around the house in hopes of someone discovering them. I thought a gusty wind might come along and blow them out the window and down the street, in the direction of some poor soul in need of encouragement. That never happened.

If someone talked to you the way you talk to you, you’d never get coffee with him. You’d tell him they were really discouraging and hurtful. You’d wonder why he doubts on your dreams so much. You’d never call him for advice or ask for their help. If the...

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