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Bruce Lee, John Wayne, Muhammad Ali, Pele, and MLK

Bruce Lee, John Wayne, Muhammad Ali, Pelé and MLK defined excellence and love

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I am an immigrant from Iran. I’m olive-brown skinned.

Growing up, my heroes were Bruce Lee, John Wayne, Muhammad Ali, Pelé, and Martin Luther King.

What I admired about these men was that they were the best in the world at what they did.

And they were magnificent.

A Chinese man from Hong Kong was the world’s greatest material artist.

A white American man from Iowa was its biggest movie star.

A black American man from Kentucky was the world’s greatest boxer.

A black man from Brazil was the world’s greatest soccer player.

A black American man from Georgia was the conscience of the world.

I had posters of Bruce Lee on my wall.

I dreamed of playing soccer like Pelé. Saving the day like John Wayne. Beating up bad guys like Ali. And being a man that did good things like MLK.

In my house, my mom and dad grew up as Christians in a majority Muslim country. They faced institutional racism, and racism from individuals day-to-day.

But they never complained. And they taught us to hate racism. They taught us tolerance and acceptance of others.

And they told us of a country called America, that though not perfect, strove to become better. And they wanted us to live in a land like America.

A land where we would not be judged by the color of our skin, but that we could be judged by the content of our character.

A land where we could be friends with people who were a different religion than we were.

A land where we could disagree with someone about politics and not be cancelled — or jailed — or killed.

We didn’t come to America, we came to Canada.

Canada was a lot like America.

And we fell in love with it.

The past 39 years have been incredible.

I am so grateful to be living in one of the greatest, freest countries on earth.

Which is why I am standing up for freedom, free expression, and free enterprise.

Wokism is a disease. It’s LBJ’s nasty vision brought to life. The Democrats post 1965 stopped being overt racists, and became covert ones.

They have morphed into a Maoist party that lies and bullies its way to power.

And the forces of wokism are running rampant.

MLK would stand tall against wokism.

He belongs on Mount Rushmore.

Muhammad Ali would fight against the racism of the wokists.

So would Bruce Lee.

If you believe in freedom, fight hard for it.

Otherwise, it will be gone.

I stand with Bruce Lee, The Duke, Ali, Pelé, and MLK.

Excellence and love over mediocrity and hate.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nicky Billou is a serious knife nut! He is one of PolitiCrossing’s roving correspondents, writing about politics, family, culture, and masculinity. He is the #1 International Best Selling Author of the book: Finish Line Thinking™: How to Think and Win Like a Champion, and The Thought Leader’s Journey: A Fable of Life. He is also the host of the #1 podcast in the world on Thought Leadership, The Thought Leader Revolution (www.TheThoughtLeaderRevolution.com), featuring guests such as Chris Widener, Scott Adams, John Maxwell, Seth Godin, Marie Forleo, Barbara Corcoran and Mark Victor Hansen. He is an in-demand and highly inspirational speaker to corporate audiences such as RBC, Lululemon, Royal LePage, and TorStar Media. He is an advisor and confidante to some of the most successful and dynamic entrepreneurs in North America. He is the co-founder of eCircle Academy (www.eCircleAcademy.com) where he runs a yearlong Mastermind & Educational program working with successful Entrepreneurs, Coaches, Consultants, Corporate Trainers, Clinic Owners, Realtors, Mortgage Brokers and other service-based Entrepreneurs, positioning them as authorities in their niche. He is the creator of the Thought Leader/Heart Leader™ Designation.



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EXCLUSIVE: Arizona Senator Gives Audit Update

Update from AZ Senator JD Mesnard

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Former Speaker of the Arizona House and current Arizona State Senator JD Mesnard gives his update and analysis of the ongoing Arizona audit saga. Check out the video below:

About JD Mesnard:

J.D. Mesnard is a state senator in the Arizona Senate, serving Legislative District 17 (Chandler, Gilbert, and Sun Lakes). He was elected to the Senate on November 6, 2018, after serving eight years in the Arizona House of Representatives, including as Speaker of the House during his final term.

J.D. is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors degree in Music Composition. He also holds two masters degrees, one in Business and the other in Public Administration—exemplifying his interest in both the public and private sectors. Prior to running for office, J.D. spent eight years working at the Arizona Senate where he served as a policy advisor on issues ranging from education, transportation and retirement, to family services and government administration. He is a small business owner, investor and consultant, and has always sought to be an active participant at all levels of the community. He works with charities, churches and non-profits, and is adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College and Arizona State University, where he teaches political science courses. He has been teaching for 14 years.

J.D.’s compassion for those less fortunate—who struggle in places outside of the greatest country on earth—led him to help establish Voices of the World, a non-profit Christian charity whose mission includes providing humanitarian aid to the poor and destitute of the world.

Born at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL (his father is a retired fighter pilot), J.D. has lived in Arizona for nearly 30 years. He resides in Chandler with his wife, Holly, who is a registered nurse, and their daughter, Calielle.

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Business

Your To-Do List: Unforeseen Events Will Arise

No matter how well we organize our lists and how productive we are in handling tasks, unexpected obligations and interruptions arise that could throw us off our plan.

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Each day you compose your to-do list and begin proceeding merrily down it, do you take into account what is likely to occur in the course of a day? No matter how well we organize our lists and how productive we are in handling the tasks, invariably, unexpected obligations, interruptions, and other developments arise that are going to throw us off our plan.

How do you react when you are humming along and, suddenly, you get an assignment from out of left field? Perhaps your boss has asked you to jump on something immediately. Maybe a client calls. Maybe something gets returned to you that you felt was complete.

If you are like most professionals, you immediately will become flustered. The intrusion on your time and your progress means that you are not going to accomplish all that you set out to before the end of the day. Is there a way to proceed and still feel good about all that you accomplish?

A Supplemental To-do List

I believe there is, and it involves making a miniature, supplemental to-do list that accurately and completely encapsulates the new task you now need to handle.

Why create this supplemental to-do list? It gives you focus and direction, reduces anxiety, and increases the probability that you will remain buoyant at the time of its completion and be able to turn back to what you were doing before the task was assigned.

If you don’t compose such a list, and simply plow headlong into the unexpected challenge that has come your way, you might not proceed effectively, and you might never get back to the to-do list on which you were working.

Unforeseen tasks that arise represent more than intrusions on our time; they represent intrusions on our mental and emotional state of being. Some people are naturally good at handling unexpected situations and often work as public servants, such as police officers and firefighters, or in health care, as nurses and orderlies.

Most of us, however, are not wired like this. Interruptions and intrusions take us off the path that we wanted to follow, and tend to be at least momentarily upsetting. Hereafter, when executing the items on your to-do list, proceed with the mindset that there will be an interruption of some sort. You don’t know when it is coming or how large it will be, but it will pull you off course.

Equanimity Reigns

The key question for you is: Can you develop the capacity to maintain balance and equanimity in the face of such disruptions? The good news is that you can, and it all starts with acknowledging that the situation is likely to happen, devising a supplemental checklist to handle the new task, and as deftly as possible, returning to what you were doing.

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