Greatest Defeat

Your greatest defeat is your greatest opportunity to understand that defeat is powerful. - "Topher Pike" Defeat is a requirement for anyone who ever created something unbelievable. Defeat can be demoralizing to anyone with a superficial hope that they will accomplish their goals. It can, however, be a powerful motivator to those who have an... Continue Reading →

Rising Expectations

"Never be afraid to reach for the stars, but don’t forget to hold on to your vision as you choose to rise above others’ expectations." - Topher Pike Fear is one of the most powerful emotions you will experience. It can motivate or destroy any dream you can conceive. One thing to learn from this... Continue Reading →

Fearless Mind

"Fear is not real when you decide it is only in your mind." - Topher Pike The power of fear can be felt from the deepest parts of your stomach to the most unfamiliar parts of your mind. It can only survive and break your will because you chose to see its negative personality. When... Continue Reading →

Simple Formula

"If someone could give you everything you wanted in life by giving you one simple formula, would you walk away or walk with purpose?" - Topher Pike The ideas in the book are not new, and you may be doing some of them every day. You may be great at one but don’t really follow... Continue Reading →

Raising Tomorrow

"Raise the standards of how you live today to free the person you know you can become tomorrow." - Topher Pike If your standard of life is unsuitable, raise the standards of how you live. There is a reason why you live the life you have today. There is no one to blame but yourself... Continue Reading →

Invisible Darkness

"Darkness is not the absence of light; it’s the absence of a purpose." - Topher Pike We all have days when nothing goes right, and we are unsure of how we will ever have the things in life that make us happy. You feel lost in your daily struggles and feel you will never be... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 10

Resurrected Dreams AFTER MY GRANDFATHER'S passing, my life looked completely different. The love I found within my passion became lost in an external world surrounded by shadows of lonely dreams. The business idea my brother and I were building hit a dead end. The small business I was trying to grow was only producing modest... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 9

Personal Crosses IT WAS EASTER Monday when my grandfather checked in to the local hospital. It seemed like one of his routine visits, so I kept checking in on his progress to see what the medical staff had to say. Nothing looked out of the ordinary, and he was doing so well that my aunt... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 6

Accidental Discovery WHEN THE STABLE aircraft made its final descent through the broken clouds, I observed the rocky landscape surrounding the calmness of the Atlantic Ocean. With each measured kilometer dropped I could almost hear the harmonic waves pushing up against the shore. It's only desire was to move forward and gracefully flow as intended.... Continue Reading →

Powerful Wishes

"A thousand wishes unasked are worth nothing, but one dream surrounded with passion and purpose is powerful beyond belief." - Topher Pike   Have you ever dreamed of a genie who would appear in your darkest days in a haze of happenstance? A mystical figure who could provide you with three wishes that would change... Continue Reading →

Poem XVIII – When in Doubt

Thank you father, for another glorious day. When in doubt I am grateful for the crimson sunrise behind the clouds as an auspicious beginning is presented today within a dream of tomorrow. Thank you father, for the journey of life. When in doubt I am grateful you shall accompany me within the wind flowing wild and free above the ashes floating... Continue Reading →

Poem XVII – Sweet Surrender

The oxygenated blood gushing from my being provides the ammunition for laying down my singular sword. The temptation to grab it with both hands cuts my mind into pieces. Whispering into the furious wind surrounding the infinite forest were it lays I gain strength. The glare from the warm steel invites me into battle while... Continue Reading →

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