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The one powerful thing I’ve been doing all wrong…

I was sitting down at my desk trying to figure out what I should work on next. Refreshing my five email accounts every 30 seconds waiting for that next message I was sure was going to pop up. The one that was going to change everything. It was during one of those times when I then went to refresh my Instagram feed and a quote from one of the folks I read often (Jesse Itzler) popped up and smacked me in the face…. “People are always waiting for something to happen before they change their lives. But they have it…

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And.. They are back. Let that school bell ring!

The town has never, in its history, owned school buses, so streets are designed to ensure that every child can walk or bike to school. It is August 11th – the day the kids have secretly waiting for (they won’t tell you that though). It’s time for them to go back to school. In our house, that means the youngest hits kindergarten, the middle in 3rd Grade and our oldest in 6th. Wow. One of my FAVORITE parts of the school year is the 7 or so minute walk I get to take with my boys as we hoof it…

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This is a long story.. I’ll keep it brief.

I would say one of THE MOST asked questions when I sit down to talk coffee, business, etc… with other is this: How did you get into coffee? The answer? I have no clue. No, really. I think I have written before that I really backed into coffee more than blazed some known path from college to coffee shop. I was a music guy (well, more like someone that liked to host, plan, promote and manage music) and this was the day of the “Daily Buzz, Java, Grind” sort of shops. You know.. the ones with the little stage for…

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The Biggest Little Farm

Have you ever had a nagging thought, feeling, or dream about something that seems so far off your normal scope that it just seems like a whim? That’s been happening to me. I might even say that it’s been sitting on the fringe of my thoughts not unlike coffee did way back in 2001. Some strange desire to do something more but having no tools or ideas on what it actually means or where to even begin. Last night, Jenni and I sat down to watch The Biggest Little Farm (thanks to our friend Amber for the suggestion!) Have you…

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Babylon, Belmont, and the banner years that followed.

Hey friends. It’s been awhile. There are lots of reasons that words seem to evade me these days but that’s another time and another post probably for an entirely different blog. Before you read further, will you take 4 minutes and 29 seconds to watch David Gray sing? (Yes I know… it’s a Howard Stern clip. (As an aside) He has THE BEST music guests and quality on the internet right now. Prove me wrong.) You watch it? That song was off David Gray’s 1998 album White Ladder. It was then re-released a few years later which gets us to…

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The Exchange – An Oklahoma City Entrepreneurship Club

Tomorrow, March 29th, I have the honor of joining a great group of entrepreneurs to talk some real talk. I will be jumping on to talk with the members of The Exchange to talk about life, business, and to tell a bit of how my story has played out so far. The Exchange is creating a community for entrepreneurs who want a new way to network. I think this is going to be good! As I say often when talking to folks about my story – I’m an open book and all I ask in return is that when we…

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I don’t want to hear it (and you shouldn’t either).

I hear it a lot. I hear it at City meetings. When talking about opening new businesses. On bicycles and skis. At the dinner table with my kids. I hear it everywhere and I decided something. I hear it because we aren’t willing to put in the effort to make it possible. It got me thinking to a time when I was sitting in a meeting with many of the City’s leadership staff. I remember telling one of them to stop telling me that what I thought was best was impossible but, rather, use that energy to tell me all…

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It’s not as much about a degree as it is the opportunity of the future.

But here is the crazy one. I have had this itch for the past couple of weeks to go back to school. Then, out of the blue, I heard about a degree that Western Colorado (or, Western State for those that have grown up in and out of the Gunnison / Crested Butte valley) is offering online. I can’t stop thinking about it! Western has been a school I have thought about often and I pretty much thought I’d end up there for my undergrad work before I landed at Belmont. Maybe now is my chance. Crazy. Jason Duncan | A Thought Over Coffee | A Crazy…

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Can this industry really change?

I figured it is a good time to talk about what I do right now.. You know, my current “career” now that I am out of coffee. Back in 2018, my wife and I started a real estate team (then with Keller Williams Central OK). In July of 2019, we moved our group to the “new to Oklahoma” Engel & Volkers – a global luxury brand of real estate advisors and professionals that we felt like cared about details, people, and brand like we did. The Duncan Group has enjoyed the national support of Engel & Volkers and the people…

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