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These quotes are a collection of daily thoughts, curiosities, ideas, challenges, and questions I’ve had in my journey. I am always quick to write them down, and have found tremendous encouragement and inspiration when reflecting on them. What starts in my journal often lands in my writings.

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Personal opinions on morals, politics, lifestyles, or life in general should never be an excuse to justify questionable actions or indecision. Right and wrong and justice and injustice still exist regardless of how correct you think your views are, or how passionately you defend them. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 21 October 2016

Leaders should influence in such a way that people would follow them into battle. Ever known one that would drop you off at the battlefield and then say, "At least I gave you a ride?" - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 1 November 2016

The yes man fetches the king's slippers and compliments his crown. It is the knight who proves his nobility in telling the king that the army is weak, even if it cost him his rank. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 1 January 2017

Effective leadership is not measured by position, but by those you've guided towards purpose. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 22 January 2017

Bad decisions are followed by excuses. Good decisions speak for themselves. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 26 January 2017

Accountability is not some action that can be turned on or off for the sake of convenience. It's an ongoing responsibility we have in caring for the significant relationships in our lives. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 6 February 2017

God's word is living. We are living. What a great partnership to invest in. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 16 February 2017

Don't let one dysfunctional person affect or derail your influence on others. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 2 March 2017

When intimidated leaders won't let you get ahead, lead from behind. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 2 March 2017

When it comes to vision, leaders have a responsibility to find a healthy balance between what could be and what should be.

- Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 8 March 2017

It's the people God puts in our path that bring cadence to the journey. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 19 March 2017

Being digressive is sometimes good for the soul. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 2 May 2017

Title and position are not always indicators of good leadership. In fact, they often expose bad leadership. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 13 May 2017

The best place to be is out of your own control, because that's the best scenario for God to be in complete control. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 21 May 2017

Write it down. The inspiration you get today might be the influence you give tomorrow. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 21 June 2017

We shouldn't have to be told to do the right thing. Doing what's right should be a spontaneous response from a desire within us to live and influence honorably. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 6 September 2017

Immersion is a good thing if it's an investment in the right thing. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 12 September 2017

Leaders, do you put the "pro" in procrastination? - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 14 September 2017

Strong opinions can push people away that you're trying to bring closer. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 4 February 2018

Don't be so consumed with the past that you're absent from the present. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 8 February 2018

Knowledge is good but with it comes the danger that we'll convince ourselves we have arrived. Wisdom encourages us to remain humble and reminds us of how much we still have to learn. - Jim [Ed] Hardaway, 8 April 2018