Author: Paul Guillory

I drove cross country last week.  This time it was Texas.  I’d forgotten what seeing America can do for you.  I’m back now and everything looks different. The thing about tunnel vision is you don’t know you’ve had it until you lose it.  I need to remember to see America every once in a while. […]

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I turned a routine layup into a turnover.  One of two job offers was from a small, flexible start-up, which in hindsight was perfect.  Perfect.  But I went, instead, for the firm that was a little more formal and business-like. The chemistry was wrong and no job offer materialized after a trial period. Fail. I […]

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Alabama football coach Nick Saban was interviewed on 60 Minutes. (“mediocre people don’t like high achievers and high achievers don’t like mediocre people,” he said) They asked him about the time his center and quarterback got in a shoving match, in the middle of the field, while Alabama was blowing out Notre Dame on primetime […]

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A controversial politician, in response to questions about war, said that in life there are “known unknowns”—things we know we don’t know. The number of rocks on Mount Everest, for example. But, he said, there are also “unknown unknowns”—things we don’t even know that we don’t know. Basically, these are things we are so sure […]

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My bones rattled.  My ears rang.  The old tractor, as big as a house, plowed over the dry uneven ground.  I bounced so high in the seat I would almost hit the ceiling of the cab. One time I needed a break.  I killed the engine, climbed down, and walked through the tall grass, ahead […]

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Business writer James Altucher said something I had to listen to.  He said anger doesn’t exist.  He said it’s a fake emotion; just fear in disguise. It was 2015 and I was in-between careers.  I didn’t know it at the time but I was afraid.  I didn’t know what would happen. I’d just googled “reinvent […]

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