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General Ann E. Dunwoody Four Star Role Model

How does a little girl grow up to be a four-star general?  In fact, the very first female four-star general in American history? So often we think there is a ‘proven formula,’ one that typically includes growing up in the proper environment, having a dream and vision, and then following a well-planned strategy. Well, interesting enough, even though General Ann Dunwoody grew up in a military family with four generations of West Pointers (brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather), she had no intention of ever joining the Army. As far back as Dunwoody can remember, all she wanted was to major in physical education and coach.  The Proven Formula Gone Awry Ann E. Dunwoody was born an ‘army brat’ in Northern Virginia in the triumphant glow of post-World War II America. Her father, a career army officer, soon moved the family to Germany and Belgium where they participated in the post-war reconstruction of the largely decimated European continent. That’s when the ‘proven formula’ went a little awry. In her formative years, Dunwoody wanted nothing to do with the military, instead moving

Dr. Jim Withers: The People’s Street Physician

Meet the man who brought health care to the homeless and started the “street medicine” movement. Melancholy and despair hover above a homeless man as he limps down the dark streets of Pittsburgh in 1984. This evening he found warm shelter under a condemned and broken bridge. He found company there. An infection on his right foot has been slowly growing making it difficult to walk. He limped up to three men and painfully sat in the corner. He didn’t say anything, but they looked to be starting a fire. He’s getting a fever. Finally, some luck. One of the three men by the fire pit walked up to him, holding a leather messenger bag. “Let me see that,” said the stranger. He hardly understood; it’s been so long since someone was kind to him. But what could this other man, in the same rags as him, possibly do to help? “I’m a doctor,” the stranger continued. The homeless man pulled up his pant leg as the stranger grabbed medical gloves from the leather bag. “Thank you, doctor,” he replied,

Ted Rubin: International Man of Influence

The alarm rings on Wednesday morning, we crawl out of bed towards our phone to find the email inbox confirms we haven’t sold anything overnight. And so, wondering what it is we’re missing, we walk to the computer, in our temporary office, in our garage, where we began our first little online company. We need a strategy to get our brand out there, and we need it yesterday. We ponder and search and come upon a video of two men, business partners it appears. One is the unassuming, approachable sort, sporting a plain grey V-neck sweater and vintage reading glasses, meaning black-framed, oversized, and circular. His partner’s formal business attire creates a stark and humorous juxtaposition. The first thing the unassuming man says is, “I’m wearing this on purpose, I swear.” We look for this intriguing character’s name on the website’s header, unaware that we’ve stumbled upon one of the industry’s most respected social media strategists and marketing gurus. We take a deep dive into the man and here’s what we find. His name is Ted Rubin, and yes, he

Michelle Gomez: America’s Best Bounty Hunter

There’s an old adage, “Good things come in small packages.” In this case, it depends which side of the law you’re on. The 4’11” dynamo, Michelle Gomez, has been called “the world’s best bounty hunter.” We’re not intending to test the veracity of the claim first-hand, instead we’ve hunted down her story from the safety of our editorial room. A professional ‘skip tracer’ is a private investigator hired to track down people who’ve “skipped out on the court without a trace.” Consider an old western movie where immediately after a bank robbery or saloon shooting, the sheriff gathers up the most brave and forms a posse to hit the trail in pursuit of justice. Michelle Gomez is of that ilk but even more courageous. In taking on a job, she’s a relentless, revved-up posse of one. Since 2003, this Texas-born woman has run her own business, Unlimited Recoveries, where she specializes in the most difficult cases whose trails have gone cold. She outthinks her marks by using clever ruses and rummaging tirelessly through the cyberworld to uncover seemingly scrubbed digital

Kyle Maynard: Living Large and Going Strong

Experiencing life challenges can be daunting for most, but there are those rare individuals who can transform difficulty into true inspiration. One such person is Kyle Maynard who was born with congenital amputation that left him as a quadruple amputee. Despite what could have been a life-crushing disability, he has instead valiantly chosen to pursue an extraordinary life, oftentimes without the use of prosthetics. Perhaps it is through sheer will power or simply following his dream, or both, he’s turned his disability into his greatest asset. He continues to live a life much fuller than most of us, filled with achievement, and is a motivational force for others to follow. It’s All About Attitude Growing up, Maynard was very athletic as a wrestler, weight lifter, football player, and jiu-jitsu martial artist. More recently, he took up mountain climbing. More than a rigorous undertaking, mountain climbing presented him with a whole new set of challenges that would ensure his defeat. But his slow and persistent approach helped him achieve lofty heights and a sense of personal exhilaration. How many can say they’ve