Home

patton family
View Post

Hitting the Leadership Ceiling – A Note To Founders & Entrepreneurs

The Leadership Ceiling Every Founder that starts something new will eventually hit their leadership ceiling regardless of the organization type (for-profit, nonprofit, or any other leadership initiative). Everyone eventually gets to a place where the [...]
View Post

My Friend Eddie White II

Eddie’s Corner It was 3:00pm in the afternoon on August 2nd in Austin, Texas and it was well over 100 degrees outside. I was dressed in business clothes, and decided to drive by Eddie’s corner to see if he was there. The last three times I had gone b [...]
View Post

Living on Mission

Paul’s Mission Paul was actually already a hero in his Jewish faith before he met Jesus.  He was zealous and quite successful as a religious leader as he aggressively imprisoned and put to death early Christians who were following Jesus.  As he was a [...]
View Post

Generosity: We Must Teach Our Kids About Money

Practical Teaching We start in our house as early as possible teaching our kids about money. We try to give them some basic principles of how they can steward it well – even while they are young.  The basic requirement is that they divide any m [...]
View Post

Removing the Mask and asking for Help  

I Need Help One of my least favorite things is when I have to admit that I need help from someone. I enjoy pushing and striving as hard as I can until I accomplish the goal at hand finishing through my own effort and accomplishment.  While there are [...]
View Post

Family Soup Night

Family Soup Night Anne and I recently started a new get together at our house called Soup Night.  The premise is simple:  We know other families, they all have kids, they all eat dinner every night… Why not invite them over to have dinner with our fa [...]
View Post

The Real Thing

Bird Hunting My first experience bird hunting was two years ago at a gold mine that we have in Alaska.  We would go out some evenings, when dusk was starting to settle in, and drive around the property on our ATVs to hunt for Ptarmigan. If we came ac [...]
View Post

I Want God to Pray

I Want God to Pray This week while I was tucking Emily into bed, I asked her if she wanted me to pray or if she wanted to pray.  Usually she asks me to pray, but this time she said, “I want God to pray.” I paused as I thought about how I should respo [...]
View Post

Are You in Control of Your Business?

Sowing Seeds I have been in the “deal business” my entire career.  The first business that I started while in college at The Citadel was a distressed real estate investment business.  We bought properties that needed repair, completed required renova [...]
View Post

How God Met Me in My Darkest Hour: Bankruptcy

I sat alone in my car on a Tuesday afternoon blankly staring out the window. I couldn’t feel anything at all. My entire body and brain were completely numb. The last four years I had been fighting the biggest battle of my business career  – and [...]