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Tenacity — The BILLY Defined Series | BILLY Footwear

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Tenacity — The BILLY Defined Series | BILLY Footwear

There is an amazing documentary series that was first released in England in 2006 called, Planet Earth, narrated by David Attenborough. It is a ten part series focusing on the ten major environments found in nature: fresh water, caves, deserts, ice worlds, plains, jungles, shallow seas, forests, deep ocean, and mountains. In the mountain episode there is a powerful scene displaying a standoff between a markhor mountain goat and a snow leopard. The shot took months of waiting and tracking but patience prevailed and a jaw-dropping sequence was captured. On a sheer face in the mountains of Afghanistan, a young...

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Creativity — The BILLY Defined Series | BILLY Footwear

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Creativity — The BILLY Defined Series | BILLY Footwear

It may be common knowledge that the human brain is made up of two hemispheres but what may not be known is just how much the two sides work in concert. Each half has a rather distinct set of operations. And collectively, the sum of the two halves is greater than the two individual parts. In general, the left hemisphere is dominant in processing what you hear and addresses your speech. It also handles any logic or math computations you're trying to sort out. It's the more analytical side. The right hemisphere helps you comprehend what you're looking at and...

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Luck — The BILLY Defined Series | BILLY Footwear

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Luck — The BILLY Defined Series | BILLY Footwear

If you've never been to Alaska you have to take the time to visit sometime in your life. As the state slogan goes, which is also written on their license plates, it is The Last Frontier. And everything is just bigger—the mountains, the waters, and the beasts that fill both. Years ago my now wife and I had the opportunity to visit some dear friends, who purchased an old cannery on Chisik Island, which is across the Cook Inlet from the city of Kenai. On this particular adventure, we were out in a dory, which is a small, shallow-draft boat,...

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Persistence — The BILLY Defined Series | BILLY Footwear

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Persistence — The BILLY Defined Series | BILLY Footwear

In light of the recent New York City Marathon where American distant runner Shalane Flanagan finished first place, I am reminded of the power of persistence. Flanagan was the first American woman to break the finish line tape in forty years. When asked to describe the emotion she was feeling, the thirty-six-year-old victor stated, "This is the moment I've dreamed of since I was a little girl." This story is so beautiful on multiple levels. Simply looking at the race itself, marathons are grueling.  Very few people on earth can just show up to a marathon and run 26.2 miles...

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Capacity — The BILLY Defined Series | BILLY Footwear

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Capacity — The BILLY Defined Series | BILLY Footwear

Beginning in 1966 and running for only three seasons, Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, envisioned a story set in outer space, yet akin to Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. But more daring, his creation subliminally addressed contemporary issues of the time, which included social inequality. One of the classic characters of the multi-ethnic cast was Montgomery Scott. Scotty was the Chief Engineer on the starship Enterprise, and as luck would have it, he continually had the good fortune of coming to the rescue in terms of keeping the ship together when all was in harms way. And in dramatic form, when...

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