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Prelude to the Teachings

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Prelude to the Teachings

Fellow Christian,

I believe the teachings of virtue will shake your soul as they shook mine. I take no credit for the contents; I am simply the deliverer of a long-lost message that must be heard.

I’ve made many mistakes in my life, but I’ve always desired to get better and to be better. I’ve always wanted to be a person of excellence with regard to my character and impact. I’ve always wanted to live with purpose—to fulfill the calling God created me for. The problem was, there was never a clear path and process to follow; not until I found virtue.

I credit my wife for discovering virtue first. She started learning about it in a small group at church led by a man named Andrew Logan, and would share what she learned with me each week. I was fascinated.

Eventually, I also joined a small group on the subject of virtue. Although the group was brief, it was enough to inspire me to continue learning on my own. I invested innumerable hours studying to further my knowledge. I quickly realized there were a lot of good resources, but also a lot of bad ones. I also realized there were many key principles that worked together but were taught separately, making it very difficult and complicated to connect all the dots.

But over time, with a deeper reflection of Scripture, intense examination of the teachings of virtue by ancient philosophers and theologians, and countless hours of research, reflection, meditation, and prayer—I finally began to connect all the dots clearly and steadily grew from knowledge to understanding.

When the light bulb went off for me, I was honestly upset. Upset I lived so much of my life without this knowledge. Why hadn’t anyone ever taught this to me? This was the most important information a person could ever learn. It should have been taught every year in school. It should have been its own subject like math, science, or English. It should have been the most important subject!

My eyes were opened to all the problems in the world and how they were a result of a lack of virtue, character, and purpose. People were leading with all emotion and no reason—living in emptiness, not fulfillment. How could this be? If we were only taught this information from youth, things would be so much different—so much better.

So I continued to study virtue relentlessly for years. The more I learned of virtue (fueling my intellect), the stronger my will to live a virtuous life became. As a result, the stronger I felt of mind and soul. I finally knew I was on the path to living the life God willed me to live. I was living with true purpose.

So I started to diligently write what I learned to one day share with others. Between writing, I’d spend hours upon hours in thought and silence. Many times, I told myself this was not something I should be doing—I should stop. My life was beyond busy; I had a family to support and love, a company to run, my son’s team to coach, and a million other balls in the air at any given time. But something would always pull me back. I couldn’t escape it. I would literally feel a weight in my heart every time I started to walk away—the Holy Spirit pulling me back. So I continued writing.

Eventually, I was able to take a subject quite deep and complex, with many different parts, and break it down into individual teachings of virtue that are simple and intuitive to comprehend. It’s what led me to this point, and I’m excited to share it with you.

The teachings of virtue are inspired by the Word of God (the Holy Bible), and some of the greatest minds in human history—including saints, stoics, philosophers, and many other noble men and women and various leaders and difference-makers throughout time. You can trust this information because it’s stood the test of time, is founded in Scripture, and has been pressure-tested and refined over thousands of years by the world’s greatest intellects.

Are you meant for this? Absolutely. Everyone is born with the potential to be virtuous; but we need education, training, and practice to master the skills of character required to live a virtuous life. As Seneca suggested, “[we all have] a desire for what is honorable; for in every one of us nature has laid the foundations and sown the seeds of the virtues. We are born to them all, all of us, and when a person comes along with the necessary stimulus, then those qualities of the personality are awakened, so to speak, from their slumber.”

God has planted the seeds of character and virtue deep within your soul. I pray these teachings will provide the fertile soil and nourishment they need to sprout and grow into the light.

If you stay invested, stay focused, stay dedicated, and see this through—I’m confident you will discover newfound purpose in your life—and learn what it takes to maximize the potential of your mind and soul by living a life that glorifies God in all you do through the practice and pursuit of virtue.

The goal of these teachings is not meant to be motivational but educational, not inspirational but transformational. However, I trust you will find this information highly motivating and inspiring regarding how you’ll live the remainder of your life and the impact you have on others as the fruit of being armed with a strong intellect in virtue.

Before we begin our journey together, I’d like to share a quote with you by Ann Landers that I’m hopeful will excite you about becoming a person of class and character as it does me:

“Class has a sense of humor. It knows a good laugh is the best lubricant for oiling the machinery of human relations. Class never makes excuses. It takes its lumps and learns from past mistakes…Some extremely wealthy people have no class at all, while others who are struggling to make ends meet are loaded with it. Class is real. You can’t fake it. Class never tries to build itself up by tearing others down. Class is already up and need not attempt to look better by making others look worse. Everyone is comfortable with the person who has class because [they are] comfortable with [themself]. If you have class, you’ve got it made. If you don’t have class, no matter what else you have, it won’t make up for it.”

I have good news for you. Despite what you may have heard, the potential to be of high class and high character is something you're born with; it’s a gift from God given to you by way of potential—you just have to put forth the will and the work to pull it out and maximize it.

Just as a block of stone has the potential to be a beautiful sculpture, but must be sculpted into one, so too does your soul have the potential to be of Christ-like character, it just needs to be hammered and chiseled into such by repeated acts of virtue.

George Dana Boardman once said, “Every [person] is the architect of [their] own character.” You can—become who God wills you to be. It’s a process, and the process is revealed through the teachings of virtue.

In the words of Saint Joan of Arc, “All battles are first won or lost in the mind.” I believe the teachings of virtue unfolded herein will win the battle of your mind, and as a result, uplift your soul and transform your life—and the lives of those you influence, as they have mine.

Let the teachings of virtue begin.

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