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The stories that others have loved most

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Hi, I’m JR “Jack” Heimbigner!

I have been writing for nearly four years now and have hundreds of posts all over the internet. However, I wanted to make things easier for you, so I have consolidated all of these stories down to the ones that have been most helpful to others, along with a few of my personal favorites.

Chances are, you found me by reading one of these two posts:

These three pieces have had a lot of readers stop by, but you’ll come to find out more about me and why I write with the following pieces.

But first, a little more about me…

I am a husband, father, author, creator, and dedicated friend. …

Everyone starts at zero

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Photo by Morgan Housel on Unsplash

If you write on Medium long enough, you can eventually get to 1,000 followers.

But why take months or even years when you can do it in weeks.

My journey to 1k followers was one that took about a year. Since then, I have grown to 4.2k in about two years.

What I have learned is how to continually add followers to your Medium without being slimy about it.

In this story, I’m going to share everything I have learned, done, and continue to do to grow my following. You might want to bookmark this to come back to it later. Did you bookmark? …

No matter who that person is, they will fall short of your expectations

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Photo by René DeAnda on Unsplash

Today is an important day for the United States of America. It is the day that the next president of our country assumes office and begins their four years as Commander and Chief. It is one of the most steadfast events that our country has seen throughout its history.

Yet, this year, it feels different.

Sure, there is a lot of strife over President Trump, his comments, actions, and deeds. There is also a lot of excitement for President Biden along with a lot of concern too. …

Take out all the guesswork

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Photo by Marek Piwnicki on Unsplash

Every day of the workweek I make breakfast for my daughters. I let my wife sleep longer than me, mostly because I am up already, but also because she takes care of our girls during the day while I work.

So, that means I make breakfast for my family before I get ready and start working.

One thing I have learned from doing this over the years is that I can’t I have a lot of guesswork going into breakfast. Otherwise, I start getting behind. So, I remove that guesswork altogether.

How do I do that?

3 Ways To Keep Your Morning Productive

Fatherhood Superpowers

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By: Brad Creech

I don’t mean to brag, but I have superpowers. I didn’t always have them. Like most superheroes, there was a defining moment that brought them on. Superman got his, when he traveled to a planet with a yellow sun. The Hulk was exposed to gamma radiation. Captain America was injected with a serum. Batman…

Batman didn’t get superpowers. He just got angry. But he doesn’t like to talk about it.

Anyway, what was my defining, superpower endowing moment? Having children. I’m not kidding. It legitimately gave me powers. Let me tell you about a few of them.


Sooner or later you are going to run out

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Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash

I ran out of inspiration today. Flat out, I didn’t have anything new and exciting to write about. Some people would call this writer’s block. But I’m convinced this is part of being a writer.

While we have tons of ideas flowing through our minds at any given time, the “inspiration” of writing will dry up sometimes.

Not because we don’t have ideas. We have plenty of those. Sometimes though, we lose the desire to open up those ideas to put them into words on a page. We like the idea, we don’t like the work.

This is when inspiration fails us.

Where you work impacts the way you work

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Photo by Bench Accounting on Unsplash

If you hate your workspace, you are not going to get anything done. Likewise, if you love your workspace, you are going to be extremely productive. There is no in-between on this.

People might tell you that where you work doesn’t matter, but I think those people are in denial. After all, we are seeing how this plays out every day with people who work from home. Many people who love working from home have a workspace they love. …

Breaking down Romans 6:23 and understanding the invitation

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Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on Unsplash

Do you think most people or good, bad, or somewhere in between?

Where do you think you fall all this spectrum? Good, bad, somewhere in between? Over the years, I have asked these questions to a lot of people. Most people answer that they are somewhere in between. Typically like this:

“Well, I’m a pretty good person overall, I don’t (name something that breaks one of the ten commandments).”

To be completely honest with you, when someone asked me these questions in February of 2004, I answered the same way. I wouldn’t say that I was a bad person, but I didn’t think I was all that good either. …

Wisdom & Consequences

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By: Adam Hillis

Learning comes from one of two places: wisdom or consequences. Either we’re taught from others who already have the knowledge, or we learn from the consequences of our choices.

The more “pleasant” way to learn is from others, as lessons from consequences are often taught through pain. The emotions felt in our painful experiences imprint lessons into our psyche. Emotions are the printer, pain is the ink, our heart and mind the paper.

While it may be more pleasant to learn from others, others can fail us. …

They are bad for you and here’s why

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Photo by Shane on Unsplash

This year, I am going to stop reading the articles that say, “This is how I made X amount of money on X platform.” Want to know why? Because they are killing me. And chances are, they are killing you too.

It drives me crazy and I hate it. Because I always click. Read the same, lame old tips. Then I move on feeling cheated.

Especially because I know that most of these writers have succeeded, but I’m not convinced it’s because they ‘write a lot, publish with the big publications, and all of that other stuff you read over and over again.’ …

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