Thinking is the Hard Work

Thinking is the Hard Work

By H4O Founder, Spencer Dusebout One of the best pieces of advice I was given growing up is: “Thinking is the hard work.” It’s easy to busy ourselves, and we think if we do more we will achieve more. We all know someone in our lives who works...

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Our Weaknesses Matter

Our Weaknesses Matter

By H4O Founder, Spencer Dusebout  The question I’m asked most often is: “What are your greatest failures as a leader?” My answer is where do I even start? I’ll cut to the chase since I don’t have enough room to write down all my failures. Every...

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Setting Yourself Up For Failure

Setting Yourself Up For Failure

By H4O Program Director, Zak Shellabarger We all make resolutions. We promise ourselves and others that we are going to try harder, study more, get up earlier, and go to the gym more often. Do we follow through with them? Well maybe sometimes...

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We Are All Preachers

We Are All Preachers

By H4O Program Director, Zak Shellabarger Religion aside, we are all preachers. We all choose our words and orient our life around core values and convictions. For some of us, those convictions are religious. For some, those convictions stem from...

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The Benefit of the Doubt

The Benefit of the Doubt

By H4O Founder, Spencer Dusebout A friend of mine started a small business in college. He asked several people to join him – I was not one of them. I felt betrayed, and bitter. Why would he not choose me? Why would he not consult me? I...

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Encouragement

Encouragement

By H4O Founder, Spencer Dusebout Has someone ever believed in you more than you believed in yourself? Has someone ever encouraged you in a moment of desperation? Have you ever received grace when you knew you did not deserve it? Think about the...

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My rant to college students

My rant to college students

By H4O Program Director, Zak Shellabarger I just celebrated my 23rd birthday. That’s right, 23-years-old. For many, that is cause for concern. Many readers just made an unconscious note in their minds to no longer read my blogs or take my advice...

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Breaking from the pack

Breaking from the pack

By H4O Founder, Spencer Dusebout Look at the world around you. What do you see that needs to be changed? Maybe something small – like trash in the park, or maybe something big like homelessness in your community. Why do you think it hasn’t...

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Radical Kindness

Radical Kindness

By H4O Program Director, Zak Shellabarger  Most people are content with passive kindness – the type of “How are you doing? Good how are you?” to your neighbor type of kindness. That’s the easy type of kindness. Exchanging pleasantries and...

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Finding your Passions

Finding your Passions

By H4O Founder, Spencer Dusebout What are you passionate about? What change do you want to see in the world? Young people think often about these questions, yet can often times be paralyzed by the amount of options. We think we are passionate...

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Our Hearts are Curved Inwards

Our Hearts are Curved Inwards

By H4O Program Director, Zak Shellabarger I live in Santa Barbara, California, a smaller city on the coast of Southern California. Santa Barbara, like many SoCal cities, is filled with vanity. On the vain scale, I rank it at a 7. How do I rank...

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Saying No

Saying No

By H4O Founder, Spencer Dusebout I don’t know about you, but I often have a hard time saying no. In college I really had a hard time saying no. I didn’t want to miss out on anything. Here’s the thing. Saying “yes” to somebody or to some...

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