Dream Big

This week a friend of mine posted a great status update on Facebook. It read like this:

“Five or six years ago, a man from Africa shining shoes at the Las Vegas airport told me about his plan to save enough that he could start a business taking customers on safari.  I gave him a business card.  Today, he sent me an email introducing his business and inviting me on safari this summer! #nevergiveup”

How cool is that!  I wasted no time hitting “like” but the story stuck with me.  The next day I messaged my friend to see if I could share the story here.  He graciously agreed and added some more details.  This is what he wrote:

“Initially, I almost deleted his “TOUR TO AFRICA” email as spam, but I recalled the conversation I had with him, so I took and look and it was him! His name is David Kigotho.

I recall that I was at McCarran waiting for a friend’s flight to arrive, so I sat down to have him clean up my white three-stripe Adidas sneakers. He talked the entire time about his plan.

His website is set on a rudimentary template, but he’s TRYING, and I love it.  If he just keeps moving forward and improving, he’ll make a go of it – and I think he knows that.

David’s email was sent to a ton of people (email addresses unprotected), some in construction, financial, Disney, Travel Channel, etc.  That dude has probably been shining shoes for years, telling his story, collecting tips, business cards and encouragement.”

Knowing a few more details made this story even more inspiring.

To me there are two main take-aways from this story.  First, you have to have a dream.  Without a dream you have nothing to reach for. Don’t be afraid to dream big.  David did and now he’s realizing his dream.

Second, don’t be afraid to share your dream with others.  David spent years sharing his dream with others while shining their shoes.  By sharing his dream he stayed focused on why he was shining shoes in the first place.  I bet it also helped him get more money in tips.  It’s easy to give a little extra to someone who speaks passionately about their dream.

My dream of starting this blog has been accomplished.  Lately I’ve been spending a lot of quiet time trying to figure out and focus on my next big dream.  I haven’t exactly nailed it down yet but when I do you’ll hear all about it.

By the way, if you’re a NASCAR fan dreaming of attending a race you should travel with my friend who shared this inspiring story.  You can find him at RaceAway Hospitality.

I leave you with with two things to help you dream big.  A Bible verse and song.

Proverbs 21:5 (NLT)  Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

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Fun & Functional Android Homescreens

I’m a big fan of Android phones and tablets.  I was hooked ever since the original Droid.  One of the things I like most about them is the ability to customize.  You have the ability to make your phone uniquely yours in both how it looks and functions.

You can change widgets, wallpapers, and launchers to really create some different looks.

One thing I like to do is add an “invisible” icon to your home screen. This allows you to have a minimalist layout but still gives you lots of functionality.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:

Screenshot_2012-11-06-13-16-38In the above picture, when you tap on each of the different colors of smoke you will open a different app.

Adding an invisible icon is easy.  All you need is the free app Desktop VisualizeR.      Once installed, add a Desktop VisualizeR Widget to your home screen the way you normally add a normal widget.   There are lots of different sizes to choose from.  You’ll need to experiment with what you like best.  I use and alternate home launcher, Apex Pro, and typically go with 2×2 and then re-size it as needed.  You should now see a widget on your home screen with a green-lined square around an android guy and gear.  If you are using Apex or Nova I’d recommend long-pressing on the widget now and re-sizing it to your liking.  Tap the widget and choose “select icon” from “others” and then from the “none”.   Now tap “select action” and choose the action/app you want. Under label you will want to hit “clear” or you will have the label on your screen but no icon. There is another option labeled “Touch Effect”.  This basically is the color the widget will glow when you press it.  I prefer None… but this choice is purely user preference.   Now press “ok”. Your invisible icon should now be on your home screen.

I change things up on my home screen every few weeks or so.  Here are a few of the different looks mine has had over the past year and a half.  Hopefully, it will give you some ideas on how you could customize yours.  Drop me a question in the comments if you want to know more about how to achieve a specific look.

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Week 2 Verse – Matthew 16:26

Matthew 16:26 (NIV)

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”

This is one of my all time favorite verses.  It’s one I go back to a lot. Especially when I start to feel sorry for myself about what I don’t have or envious of what others have.

To me it translates this way… if you get everything you could ever want but lose sight of God… then you really don’t have anything at all.  Material things aren’t what matters.  It’s our relationship with God and living our lives the way he wants us too.

Matthew 16:26 is the basis for one of my favorite songs:  TobyMac’s Lose My Soul.

What I like most about this song is it starts and ends with prayers that I can really relate to.

Father God, I am clay in your hands,
Help me to stay that way through all life’s demands,
‘Cause they chip and they nag and they pull at me,
And every little thing I make up my mind to be,
Like I’m gonna be a daddy whose in the mix,
And I’m gonna be a husband who stays legit,
And I pray that I’m an artist who rises above,
The road that is wide and filled with self love,
Everything that I see draws me,
Though it’s only in You that I can truly see that its a feast for the eyes- a low blow to purpose.
And I’m a little kid at a three ring circus.
I don’t want to gain the whole world, and lose my soul.

Then it wraps up like this:

Lord forgive us when we get consumed by the things of this world,
That fight for our love, and our passion,
As our eyes are open wide and on you.
Grant us the privilege of your world view,
And may your kingdom be, what wakes us up, and lays us down.

As long as I have the love of my God and my family I have everything I need.

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