The Dumbest Idea Ever

Renowned comics creator Jimmy Gownley shares his adventures as he grows from an eager-to-please boy into a teenage comic book artist. This is the real-life story of how the DUMBEST idea ever became the BEST thing that ever happened to him.

Author: Jimmy Gownley

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 9780545633758

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

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What if the dumbest idea ever turned your life upside down? At thirteen, Jimmy was popular, at the top of his class, and the leading scorer on his basketball team. But all that changed when chicken pox forced him to miss the championship game. Things went from bad to worse when he got pneumonia and missed even more school. Before Jimmy knew it, his grades were sinking and nothing seemed to be going right. How did Jimmy turn things around, get back on top at school, and land a date with the cutest girl in class? Renowned comics creator Jimmy Gownley shares his adventures as he grows from an eager-to-please boy into a teenage comic book artist. This is the real-life story of how the DUMBEST idea ever became the BEST thing that ever happened to him.

Worst Ideas Ever

Whether it’s a pop culture failure the likes of Dennis Miller’s disastrous run on Monday Night Football, a political one such as John Edwards’ odd decision to run for president while cheating on his cancer-stricken wife, or a ...

Author: Daniel B. Kline

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781628721362

Category: Humor

Page: 240

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From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure the likes of Dennis Miller’s disastrous run on Monday Night Football, a political one such as John Edwards’ odd decision to run for president while cheating on his cancer-stricken wife, or a technological misstep such as Apple’s Newton OS, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened. Moving from Mariah Carey’s “performance” in Glitter to the Minnesota Vikings decision to trade away their future for an aging Herschel Walker, Worst Ideas Ever offers the real stories behind some of the dumbest things ever done. Whether it was ego (Michael Jordan leaving basketball for baseball), greed (nobody questioning their impossibly high returns when investing with Bernie Madoff) or simple stupidity ( Jay Leno moving to 10 p.m.), Worst Ideas Ever brings it all back in hilarious detail.


Calling for action, the Texas senator said, “Please join me so we can get America
back on track.” The narrator intones, “Tell Congress to defund Obamacare now,”
and visit 8.4. “Dumbest Idea I've Ever Heard of” The most ...

Author: Josh Blackman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316739648

Category: Law


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Six years after its enactment, Obamacare remains one of the most controversial, divisive, and enduring political issues in America. In this much-anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare (2013), Josh Blackman argues that, to implement the law, President Obama has broken promises about cancelled insurance policies, exceeded the traditional bounds of executive power, and infringed on religious liberty. At the same time, conservative opponents have stopped at nothing to unravel Obamacare, including a three-week government shutdown, four Supreme Court cases, and fifty repeal votes. This legal thriller provides the definitive account of the battle to stop Obamacare from being 'woven into the fabric of America'. Unraveled is essential reading to understand the future of the Affordable Care Act in America's gridlocked government in 2016, and beyond.
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Perspectives on Engineering

On the other side, how about the remark, “That's the dumbest idea I have ever
heard”, given by a peer or even a manager in a discussion. It may be the
dumbest idea ever, but the remark itself is probably right next to the dumb idea as
being ...

Author: Richard H. Spencer

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781463410919

Category: Education

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This book offers insight into engineering careers. With it, the reader may gain a better understanding about a possible career as an engineer, including preparation that will serve in the process. The book offers a number of different engineering career opportunities, looking at specialities and cross-specialty opportunities. The book also provides insight into areas infrequently covered within the college curriculum, such as technical writing skills, presentations, career mentors, ethics, and intellectual property. The book could be a handy reference text for career counselers in high school, college, and industry.

I m the Vampire That s Why

this is the dumbest idea ever,” said my daughter as she watched me pull on the
hiking boots. I would've reprimanded Tamara, who was fifteen going on fifty, if
she hadn't been right. This was the dumbest idea ever. But once I determined the

Author: Michele Bardsley

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101647585

Category: Fiction

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Sink your teeth into the first novel in New York Times bestselling author Michele Bardsley's Broken Heart series. Broken Heart is the city with the highest rate of divorce and highest percentage of single parents in Oklahoma. And I, Jessica Matthews, have been a member of that club ever since my husband dumped me for his twenty-something secretary and then had the gall to die in a car accident. Now I’m not just a single mother trying to make ends meet in this crazy world...I’m also a vampire. One minute I was taking out the garbage; the next I awoke sucking on the thigh of superhot vampire Patrick O’Halloran, who’d generously offered his femoral artery to save me. But though my stretch marks have disappeared and my vision has improved, I can’t rest until the thing that did this to me is caught. My kids’ future is at stake—figuratively and literally. As is my sex life. Although I wouldn’t mind finding myself attached to Patrick’s juicy thigh again, I learned that once a vampire does the dirty deed, it hitches her to the object of her affection for at least one hundred years. I just don’t know if I’m ready for that kind of commitment...

House of Cards

“The wacko Everquest deal was saved from being the dumbest idea ever in the
history of the world by not being done,” Paul Friedman said. “I mean, 'Let's take
CDO equity and residuals and all this stuff, and let's package it up and do a deal,

Author: William D. Cohan

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780385530460

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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A blistering narrative account of the negligence and greed that pushed all of Wall Street into chaos and the country into a financial crisis. At the beginning of March 2008, the monetary fabric of Bear Stearns, one of the world’s oldest and largest investment banks, began unraveling. After ten days, the bank no longer existed, its assets sold under duress to rival JPMorgan Chase. The effects would be felt nationwide, as the country suddenly found itself in the grip of the worst financial mess since the Great Depression. William Cohan exposes the corporate arrogance, power struggles, and deadly combination of greed and inattention, which led to the collapse of not only Bear Stearns but the very foundations of Wall Street.

Inside the House of Money

It was either, “This is the best idea I've ever seen” or “This is the dumbest idea I've
ever heard.” I was constantly setting new records for the dumbest idea he'd ever
heard. And he hated the expression, “The market is telling me.” He'd always ...

Author: Steven Drobny

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118865729

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

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New commentary and updates to enlightening interviews with today's top global macro hedge fund managers This updated paperback edition of Inside the House of Money lifts the veil on the typically opaque world of hedge funds offering a rare glimpse at how today's highest paid money managers approach their craft. Now with new commentary, author, Steve Drobny takes you even further into the hedge fund industry. He demystifies how these star traders make billions for their well-heeled investors, revealing their theories, strategies and approaches to markets. Whereas some still maintain that rationality permeates financial markets, Drobny captures a different dimension, showing how the unquantifiable human forces of emotion and intuition are also at play. Along the way, readers get an inside look at firsthand trading experiences through some of the major world financial crises of the last few decades. Discusses how no market or instrument is out of bounds for these elite global macro hedge fund managers Offers unique and illuminating insight into an inaccessible and sometimes downright secretive world Written by respected industry expert Steven Drobny Highly accessible and filled with in-depth expert opinion, this updated paperback edition of Inside the House of Money is a must-read for financial professionals and anyone else interested in understanding how greed, fear, and the human forces of emotion drive world markets.


ndy knew it wasn't the dumbest idea he ever had. It was probably the first idea he
had that would get them killed, but it wasn't the dumbest idea he ever had. He
was the one who suggested the guildsmen's ability to appear in all parts of the
city ...

Author: David J. Steele


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A Brief History of Seven Killings

The dumbest idea ever on a street packed with people not making it, but I still
imagine. This is what happens when your life is work, TV and takeout. It's almost
like I'm living like an American, damn it, and screw all of you and your rules. I don'
t ...

Author: Marlon James

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698170506

Category: Fiction

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Winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize A recipient of the 2015 American Book Award One of the Top 10 Books of 2014 – Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times A New York Times Book Review Notable Book Named a best book of the year by: The New York Times Chicago Tribune The Washington Post The Boston Globe Time Newsweek The Huffington Post The Seattle Times The Houston Chronicle Publishers Weekly Library Journal Popsugar BookPage BuzzFeed Books Salon Kansas City Star L Magazine From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes a “musical, electric, fantastically profane” (The New York Times) epic that explores the tumultuous world of Jamaica over the past three decades. In A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James combines brilliant storytelling with his unrivaled skills of characterization and meticulous eye for detail to forge an enthralling novel of dazzling ambition and scope. On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert to ease political tensions in Kingston, seven gunmen stormed the singer’s house, machine guns blazing. The attack wounded Marley, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Little was officially released about the gunmen, but much has been whispered, gossiped and sung about in the streets of West Kingston. Rumors abound regarding the assassins’ fates, and there are suspicions that the attack was politically motivated. A Brief History of Seven Killings delves deep into that dangerous and unstable time in Jamaica’s history and beyond. James deftly chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters – gunmen, drug dealers, one-night stands, CIA agents, even ghosts – over the course of thirty years as they roam the streets of 1970s Kingston, dominate the crack houses of 1980s New York, and ultimately reemerge into the radically altered Jamaica of the 1990s. Along the way, they learn that evil does indeed cast long shadows, that justice and retribution are inextricably linked, and that no one can truly escape his fate. Gripping and inventive, shocking and irresistible, A Brief History of Seven Killings is a mesmerizing modern classic of power, mystery, and insight. From the Hardcover edition.

Sell Yourself First

I remember thinking, “This is the dumbest idea ever.” Then came the moment of
truth. I grabbed the giant pump handle and heaved downward with all the might a
spindly fifteen-year-old Boy Scout could muster. Nothing came out. Big surprise!

Author: Thomas A. Freese

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101475195

Category: Business & Economics

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Today more than ever, the biggest thing that separates you from your competitors is you. According to Thomas A. Freese, whose Question-Based Selling system has been adopted and implemented by thousands of salespeople in companies all over the world, YOU are the biggest differentiator between you and your competitors. Given the current business climate, sellers should no longer count on their product or service to sell itself because their toughest competitors are out there with similar products they claim are better. Instead, it's more likely that in closely contested sales, the decision will come down to whichever salesperson offers the best service, is the most responsive, or displays any number of other highly intangible attributes, such as credibility, expertise, helpfulness, and integrity. The challenge for sellers is to convey these qualities in a way that promises value to customers. Freese explains how to maximize a value proposition and ultimately win more sales through strategies that include: ? managing conversational dynamics ? influencing the customer's buying criteria ? justifying costs ? creating curiosity about your product

Want It

Wow, this was maybe the dumbest idea ever. Zander wasn't going to help her.
Zander probably never wanted to see her again. No one in his family did. It was
only what she deserved. She wondered if he ever thought about her anymore.

Author: Jennifer Chance

Publisher: Loveswept

ISBN: 9780553392272

Category: Fiction

Page: 275

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In the latest tantalizing Rule Breakers novel from Jennifer Chance, an irresistible alpha male follows his ex into a deadly standoff—and reignites a heated affair. For Erin Connelly, being a good girl isn’t such a bad thing. She’s working her dream job at a Boston art gallery and staying out of trouble, which is more than she can say for her deadbeat mom. Unfortunately, her mother’s latest misadventure lands her in the clutches of a Mexican drug lord. Now the only person who can save her is the one man Erin has no business asking for help: the sexy-as-sin army ranger who just so happens to be her former high school sweetheart. Zander James is no gentleman—and no officer, either, thanks to Erin. Four years ago, she made a call that terminated his highest aspirations . . . and their relationship. He’s never forgiven her, but when he learns that Erin’s embarking on a half-baked rescue mission, he sure as hell can’t let her go alone. Now, with a treacherous enemy lying in wait, the electrifying tension between them may just be Zander’s undoing. Because while he may be able to keep Erin alive, he can’t promise to keep his hands off her. Praise for Want It “This book has depth, passion, and hot sex scenes that will leave you breathless. I can’t wait to read the next saga in [Chance’s] Rule Breakers series. Way to make me Want It, Jennifer!”—Twin Sisters Rockin’ Book Reviews “[Want It] jumps off the page and drags you in. A gripping story with strong and authentic characters, this was a pretty awesome read that left me looking forward to the next one!”—Buffy’s Ramblings “A fantastic addition to the series that brought together two opposite individuals who find common ground in their desire to live life to the fullest.”—LeAnn’s Book Reviews Praise for the novels of Jennifer Chance “Rock It is perfect for those of us who like our books the way we like our rockers: smart, sexy, sweet, and a damn good time!”—New York Times bestselling author Lexi Ryan “Fun, flirty, and fantastic! Fake It is one sweet and exciting ride.”—New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff “Sometimes outrageous, often funny, and always sexy . . . I love this author’s voice, I love these books . . . and I absolutely love her bad-boy heroes.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Review Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Collection Books 1 3

Let me just say for the record that I think middle school is the dumbest idea ever
invented. You've got kids like me who haven't hit their growth spurt yet mixed in
with these gorillas who need to shave twice a day. And then they wonder why ...

Author: Jeff Kinney

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141353692

Category: Juvenile Fiction

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Three ebooks in one! Diary of a Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into a new year and a new school where undersize weaklings share the corridors with kids who are taller, meaner and already shaving. Desperate to prove his new found maturity, which only going up a grade can bring, Greg is happy to have his not-quite-so-cool sidekick, Rowley, along for the ride. But when Rowley's star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend's popularity to his own advantage. Recorded in his diary with comic pictures and his very own words, this test of Greg and Rowley's friendship unfolds with hilarious results. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Whatever you do, don't ask Greg about his summer vacation because he definitely doesn't want to talk about it . . . It's a brand-new year and a brand-new journal and Greg is keen to put the humiliating (and secret!) events of last summer firmly behind him. But someone knows everything - someone whose job it is to most definitely not keep anything embarrassing of Greg's private - his big brother, Rodrick. How can Greg make it through this new school year with his not-quite-cool reputation intact? Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw The third laugh-out-loud book in the bestselling phenomenon that is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Greg's dad, Frank, is on a mission - a mission to make this wimpy kid . . . well, less wimpy. All manner of 'manly' physical activities are planned, but Greg just about manages to find a way out of them. That is until military academy is is mentioned and Greg realizes that he's going to have to come up with something very special to get out of this one . . . 'hilarious' - Sunday Telegraph 'Kinney is right up there with JK Rowling as one of the bestselling children's authors on the planet' - The Independent

Thorn Abbey

I wish I could give him a hug, which is about the dumbest idea ever. I don't even
know his name. Just then, he turns and looks right at me. His dark eyes flash with
anger. How utterly humiliating. He thinks I'm spying on him. Which I kind of am.

Author: Nancy Ohlin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781471117800

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 304

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Nothing is as it seems in this darkly romantic novel inspired by Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. Becca was the perfect girlfriend: smart, gorgeous and loved by everyone at New England's premier boarding school, Thorn Abbey. But Becca's dead. And her boyfriend, Max, can't get over his loss. Then Tess transfers to Thorn Abbey. She's shy and insecure - everything that Becca wasn't. And despite her roommate's warnings, she falls for brooding Max. Now Max finally has a reason to move on. Except, it won't be easy. Becca may be gone, but she's not quite ready to let him go…

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid 1

Let me just say for the record that I think middle school is the dumbest idea ever
invented. You got kids like me who havenÕt hit their growth spurt yet mixed in
with these gorillas who need to shave twice a day. And then they wonder why ...

Author: Jeff Kinney

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 9781613122433

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 224

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Boys don’t keep diaries—or do they? The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary. In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion. Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, “Just don’t expect me to be all ‘Dear Diary’ this and ‘Dear Diary’ that.†? Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won’t do and what he actually does are two very different things. Since its launch in May 2004 on, the Web version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been viewed by 20 million unique online readers. This year, it is averaging 70,000 readers a day. F&P level: T

Of Sorcery and Snow

“No chance then. Not against so many.” Forrel turned to Hadriane. “Saddle the
reindeer. I'll hold them off.” That sounded like the dumbest idea ever. Hadriane
apparently thought so too. “Please try to limit yourself to helpful suggestions.”
Chase ...

Author: Shelby Bach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781442497863

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 336

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Rory might be ready to star in her own fairy tale, but there’s more danger than happily-ever-after in this third book in the Ever After series, which Kirkus Reviews calls a “fast-paced combination of middle school realism and fairy-tale fantasy.” Life at Ever After School has become familiar for Rory. She’s been on two quests, she’s a great sword fighter, and she has terrific friends. But familiar is no fairy tale, and Rory is still anxiously awaiting the chance to star in her own. But as her connection to the Snow Queen continues to grow, Rory realizes her starring role might be well underway. When the Snow Queen sends the Pied Piper to kidnap several children, including the sibling of a fellow EAS-er, the teachers think the rescue mission is too dangerous and won’t send any kids. But Rory, Chase, and Lena are determined to help, and it’s not long before they find themselves in more trouble than they can handle. Then again, it wouldn’t be Ever After School if things worked out according to plan…

Adobe Kroger

“You're right,” I wheezed, “This is the dumbest idea ever.” Although Raine was
suddenly a lot livelier, she wasn't any more talkative. She tilted her head and her
eyes began to soften, like she was looking at something over my shoulder.

Author: Dan Sacharow

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781475990096

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 396

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Adobe Kroger has a secret. She is a Paladin---a holy knight blessed with the power to wield the divine Light of love and creation. Or she was, anyhow. After being convicted of blasphemy, shes been excommunicated from the holy order and her power was taken away. Or so her superiors thought. Unbeknownst to them, despite their efforts the Light is still hers to command. She would be in terrible danger if they were to discover the truth, but she is determined to use her power to rectify a terrible mistake, whatever the personal cost. When one night she encounters a mysterious evil creature the likes of which no Paladin or Wizard has ever seen, she becomes embroiled in a sinister conspiracy that holds the fate of the world in the balance. As if that werent enough, she also loses her phone. This modern day fantasy tale is told in Adobes own voice. Join the potty-mouthed Paladin as she confronts the terrors of an obnoxious speech impediment, an embarrassing viral video, a far more talented and handsome rival, a phantasmal dream-walking roommate, and a wizard armed with a cricket bat and a faulty memory. With all of that and being caught between her day job and former colleagues with murderous grudges, can she come to terms with her destiny in time to avert the destruction of the human race?

Girl V the World Things I Don t Know

'Fun idea, huh?' 'Anya,' says Soph, swinging a braid over her shoulder. 'Sorry, but
that's the dumbest idea ever.' I have to bite back a smile. That's pure Soph —
straightup and no messing around. Anya pulls a grumpy face, then turns to me.

Author: Meredith Badger

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont

ISBN: 9781742739298

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 140

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There's a reason that the number thirteen is bad luck: it sucks to be thirteen. You're definitely not a kid anymore, but your parents still treat you like one. No-one escapes thirteen unscathed - not even the best looking, most popular people with straight white teeth. The best you can do is be true to yourself, even when everything's changing. Girl v the World is a funny and inspiring series about thirteen-year-old girls taking on the world. Because you've got to be strong to take it on! Lenni can’t please anyone lately. At school, her friends want her to kiss someone for a stupid competition. At home, her grandmother wants her to be more ladylike. And on the athletics field, her friend Adam has started acting like a big weirdo around her. Then Lenni meets Jo, the new girl at school, and everything feels so normal. Jo is cool and fun, and unlike anyone Lenni’s ever known. Finally, someone’s on Lenni’s wavelength!

Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry

Instead you're met with,“That's the dumbest idea I've ever heard.” You get
defensive and consider throwing coffee at this former friend and shouting,“Get
behind me, Satan.” Testing is risky because your idea may be pulverized. It's
painful to ...

Author: Doug Fields

Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties

ISBN: 9780310569978

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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Since forever altering the course of the youth ministry world with his best-selling, groundbreaking book, Purpose-Driven® Youth Ministry, Doug Fields’ mind—but especially his heart—has been focused on the many unique needs of new youth workers.Doug translated his passion, insight, and vision for his beloved “rookies” into what you’re now reading, Your Fist Two Years in Youth Ministry—hands-down the most comprehensive companion to not only surviving, but also thriving, during the most crucial phase of youth ministry. Employing his renowned wisdom and humor—as if you and Doug were chatting over a long, relaxing meal—the author disarmingly relates stories and principles from his own successes and failures over 20-plus years in youth ministry. In the end, he offers treasure troves of practical advice, all in the hope that new youth workers can travel a smoother path and achieve real longevity in a church culture that all too often chews them and spits them out.Doug covers all-important issues such as:· Dealing with discouragement· Establishing a solid spiritual foundation· Building effective relationships with students· Resolving conflict· Ministering to parents and families· Trailblazing change· Working with volunteers· Defining a realistic job description· And many others!In addition, a chorus of insightful sidebar voices joins your conversation with Doug, among them ministry veterans Jim Burns, Steve Gerali, Mike Yaconelli, Helen Musick, Chap Clark, Marv Penner, Rick Warren, Jana L. Sundene, Bo Boshers, Duffy Robbins, Tony Campolo, and Richard Ross, all who’ve composed extensive, topical essays for each of the dozen chapters.Your First Two Years of Youth Ministry is a must-have tool for new youth workers, volunteers, seminary professors and students, senior pastors, elders, church boards—even veteran youth workers who’ve been ministering in unstructured environments and are now asking, “What did I miss? What can I still learn?”The first two years of youth ministry are never easy. But never fear. Doug fervently assures us: “Hang on. Hope’s coming!”

Smart Startup

Smart Startup: The Art of Being the Dumbest Guy in the Room addresses the realities of moving from idea to industry--what it takes to get started, what to expect along the way, and, in the end, why success isn't dependent on making millions ...

Author: Tim J Sinclair


ISBN: 1948080966

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 132

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So you have an idea. Now what? Taking a concept from the mind to the marketplace is a daunting task, especially when you don't feel academically, financially, or emotionally prepared to do so. But here's a little secret: no one is prepared. Ever. It's not natural for anyone to charge straight ahead when they think they're the dumbest (or poorest or least-qualified) person in the room. Normal people go find something else to do. Sane individuals avoid fear, insecurity, and pain. But entrepreneurs are far from normal or sane. If everyone who felt dumb or "less than" simply decided not to pursue whatever made them feel inadequate, nothing would ever change. Many companies wouldn't exist. Many people wouldn't have the rights they do today. Certain countries would never have tasted freedom. But, thankfully, history shows us the countless brave individuals who decided to take a chance and embrace their inadequacy, despite the inherent risks. Smart Startup: The Art of Being the Dumbest Guy in the Room addresses the realities of moving from idea to industry--what it takes to get started, what to expect along the way, and, in the end, why success isn't dependent on making millions. Who cares if you don't know enough code or make enough money or have enough schooling? Who cares if everyone else seems smarter or more qualified or better equipped? Who cares if the odds or the percentages or the math aren't in your favor? There can be no more excuses. Take a risk. Change the world. Dumb doesn't matter.

Celebration U S A

“Most of her staff thought that this was the dumbest idea they ever heard of,” said
Lewis. “The policy was, you impact an acre of wetland here, you rebuild an area
there. You don't ever go do it someplace over here. And thinking long term?

Author: Douglas Frantz

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 9781466815674

Category: Social Science

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A prize-winning reporter, his wife, and their two kids describe life in Disney's vision of the future. In 1997, six months after the first residents had moved into Celebration, Florida-Disney's town of the future with its distinctly retro link to a longed-for past-Doug and Cathy and their two kids closed on their new home and settled down to participate in (and observe) this new venture. Their report from the trenches will surprise both Disney haters and Disney fans. What is it like to start a new community-not a suburb or subdivision, but a town, inted to be a self-supporting community with the best of the new technologies (including the very latest in teaching techniques) and the most cherished elements in American towns that existed before the automobile turned everything into a mall? For almost two years the family lived this experiment firsthand. Their report is vivid, funny, and painful-and it tells us as much about ourselves and our hopes and dreams as it does about the daily reality of building a community from the ground up.