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Treadstone Climbing of Columbus


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I am both proud and humbled (I’ve never before understood the use of those two terms together, but now I get it) to be associated with this gym, these people, and the name Treadstone Climbing:

http://www.wtvm.com/clip/10356367/business-break-treadstone-climbing-gym

 

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A Quote From a Student & a Huge Thanks to YOU for Considering my Work!


“Kudos on your Google ranking… For you to be number one with vague keywords, Google must consider you to be a legitimate authority.  It’s something to be proud of. You were number one… I didn’t even have to use your last name or CSU… I even found some of your poetry.”

Thanks for the kudos, Randall!

 

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How much house can I afford to buy?


Can (Should) You Really Buy A House Up To 6 Times Your Annual Salary?

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The article at the link below from MSN.com suggests that one can comfortably buy a house priced up to 6 times their annual salary!

http://realestate.msn.com/what-you-must-earn-to-buy-a-home-in-25-cities-in-2013#10

Good luck using that ball-park figure! It perpetuates the current debt problem haunting today’s U.S. families.

Conventional wisdom for at least a generation (1964ish – 1994ish) was that a home should cost no more than 3 times one’s salary.

One might cite low interest rates as justification for the new 6X figure. But I know I’ve got all I can handle in a house valued at just 2.5 times my salary.

(A parenthetical side benefit to owning a smaller house is the time saved in vacuuming.)

© 2013, Dr. Phil Bryant

  Dr. Bryant is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbus State University and co-author of Managing Employee Turnover.

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An Inheritance Quickly Gained


Ever dream of winning the lottery? Or wish you had rich relatives who could leave you lots of dough when they go? A recent MSN.COM news article warns of 7 pitfalls to inherited wealth. Among the 7, they mention guilt, affluenza, responsibility, & shock. Although sudden wealth often does present unexpected problems, I had an even bigger problem with the article’s blatant egocentrism. As just one example, it suggests that inheritors who feel guilty about their new, unearned wealth not take up philanthropy, but instead make a “bliss list,” prioritize, and buy what you can!

In my 20’s I found myself with 7 figures (that’s 2 commas before the period) of unearned USD$ (another story) Later, also in my 20’s, I found I had lost 7 figures (that’s also 2 commas before the period) of USD$.

The most valuable lessons I learned in that process can be summed up in terms of FAMILY & IDENTITY.

FAMILY – I gleaned a lifetime of valuable knowledge about my family in the process of losing over 1million USD$. I learned that I am extremely blessed to have such a great family of origin and a great current nuclear family, especially my wife. Lose 7 figures in USD$ and you’ll have no doubt whether your spouse values you more than your money. Watch your dad lose 8 figures in USD$ , and you’ll just as quickly find out how much your mom loves your dad. I found that my dad and I are more blessed than we’ll ever deserve with the 2 women who’ve remained with us through it all.

IDENTITY – As a Christian I’ve often heard that my identity should be in Christ. I’m not sure what that looks like. But two examples from my life tell me… I’m not quite there yet.

Example 1: After losing the 7 figures USD$, my preacher asked me how I was doing. My immediate response: “I’ll just have to find a new identity.” <<< ouch >>>

Example 2: After a freak parkour accident (another-other story), I’ve found myself immediately going from one who runs 5ks and 1/2 marathons to one who is partially paralyzed in one leg and may never run again. I heard myself tell my wife last night: “That’s a real blow to my identity.” Want to know where your identity lies, lose it and you’ll quickly find out.

If I could interject my own experience into Proverb 20:21, it would be as follows: “An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning [unless lost just as quickly] will not be blessed at the end.”

I am fortunate to be so blessed!

© 2014, Dr. Phil Bryant

  Dr. Bryant is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbus State University and co-author of Managing Employee Turnover.

 

 

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World Class Climbing & Parkour in One Location!


2012 was an exciting year for the outdoor and fitness enthusiasts of Columbus, GA. We got white water sports right here on the Chattahoochee! Watch this video of a good friend of mine SURFING THE CHATTAHOOCHIE!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhHBFnDTCSM

2013 is shaping up to be just as exciting for our active little southern town. Here’s why:

January 10th is the Grand Opening of Columbus’ newest revolution in fitness and movement. LEVEL UP Parkour & Tricking Academy and Treadstone Columbus Climbing Gym are coming together in one incredible facility! This space is an 8000 square foot space dedicated to being a home for athletes of all kinds to learn new movements, and hone their skills and take their sport to the next level! Come and experience the thrill of parkour, tricking and rock climbing!

I know these guys personally & I can only say great things about them. Check out their websites below:

http://www.treadstoneclimbing.com/our-gym/

https://www.facebook.com/LevelUPtrick

You’ve seen it on American Ninja Warrior! The best athletes are climbers and parkour-ers.

Starting in 2013, Columbus-ians will have a first class facility to hone our own Inner-American-Ninja-Warrior.

I’m all in. Are you ready to meet the challenge?

© 2013, Dr. Phil Bryant

  Dr. Bryant is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbus State University and co-author of Managing Employee Turnover.

 

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The Waiting — Author’s Reflection


A struggling friend recently asked: “Do dreams really come true?”

I responded with: We’ve been programmed to believe that once people reach their dreams the next line in the story is “happily ever after.” Truth is, though that life goes on. Dreams fade and are forgotten. Was it a dream come true on your wedding day? Graduation day? Fill in the blank. My guess is yes. But instead of the platitude one liner: happily ever after. There was a new chapter. Thank God for new chapters and new dreams.

A different friend in a different context once lamented: “The American dream is dead.”

What is it about dreams that so captivate us? Why do we so often spend so much time and energy chasing dreams?

Could it be that the world as we experience it with our 5 or 6 senses (sense of time) is not all that there is? Could it be that in addition to the physical world there truly is a spiritual world? And that we sense with our bodies but we dream with our souls?

Colossians 2:8 (NIV) reminds us to: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”

That world between worlds — between sensing and dreaming — between body and soul — I strove to capture that elusive world in my poem,

The Waiting

Silence, darkness
Lying here
Waiting, waiting patiently
For sleep to carry me away

To a fanciful place
Flying, flirting
Fearlessly fighting
Fears, fiends and foes

Drifting, drifting
Slowly drifting
In and out
Of that fancy land

Falling, failing
Falling, failing
Almost there
But not quite yet

Waiting, waiting
Patiently waiting
For sleep
To carry me away

© 2013, Dr. Phil Bryant

Dr. Bryant is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbus State University and co-author of Managing Employee Turnover.

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Do dreams really come true?


Phil Bryant We’ve been programmed to think that once people reach their dreams the next line is “happily ever after.” Truth is, though that life goes on. Dreams fade and are forgotten. Was it a dream come true on your wedding day? Graduation day? Fill in the blank. My guess is yes. But instead of the platitude one liner: happily ever after. There was a new chapter. Thank God for the new chapters and new dreams.

Dr. Phil Bryant

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