Living in Your Own Skin

Last week, I was hanging out with some kids and we were talking about how everyone is different and being comfortable with who you are. I ended up explaining it as being in your own skin and they liked it. It grooved with them, and it grooved with me too.

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The Landscape and Leadership

Last week I gave you a little taste of the natural beauty of where I live in the Minocqua area of Northern Wisconsin. Again, I sit and watch loons and eagles as I write. The other birds carry on a chorus in the background with the frogs chiming in. Nature is almost everywhere.

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On a drive through to town the other day I almost hit a bear! In the summer, people come from across the country to enjoy this area because of its natural beauty and the 2,500 lakes that freckle Oneida and Vilas county (just 2 of the 72 counties in Wisconsin). I live in the 3rd most lake-rich area of the world, and the lakes are fresh and clean because of our natural wooded landscape and the extensive wetlands here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leading Your Own Life

Well, the festivities of the 4th of July are over and summer is officially under way. I spend my summers on Red Wing Island, a piece of property that has been in my family for 69 years this year. Right now I am sitting in my A-frame on my couch at 5 a.m. watching two Loons float by as Bluegills snatch insects off the water’s surface and Kingfishers chatter on. Soon, I’ll paddle off the island and go do my horse chores.

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A Change in Plans, Update on Scarlet

Well this month’s theme was supposed to be camping, and with social media, that is what it has been. However in my own life I have had NO time for camping. We were supposed to go to Colorado for a camping vacation, but when my horse Scarlet got injured (see blog post from May 24th 2016) and we weren’t ready for her expected foal, we postponed our trip. Summer trips are hard for me anyway because we get so busy here in Minocqua, but now we are just overloaded, and… there is more.

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What You Need to Know to Build Your Wilderness Map

Last week we talked about how having a map is pretty essential when hiking in the wilderness. We also talked about how many of us feel that we don’t really need a map to get through our own lives. Finally, I told you I would talk about some ways to map out your priorities and build this tool for your Earthly travels.

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Mapping the Wilderness

By: Rad Watkins

As you hike in a wilderness area you wind around this bend and that. You zigzag up switch backs, and maybe even traverse talus slopes. The real decisive point in your whole journey comes when you hit the split in the trail and the signs point to two different destinations. How do you know where to go?

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Prioritize Your Stress – video blog

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Tragedy Struck the Watkins House

By: Rad Watkins

This last Sunday, tragedy struck the Watkins house. I had borrowed a friend’s skid steer to get some work done around the barn. It was a great deal of work and I was at it for hours, from Friday night through most of the beautiful 85° weekend. By Sunday afternoon, I was running out of time and had a ways to go. By the time 3:30p rolled around, I could see the end was in site.

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Two Important Principles Learned from Horses

By Rad Watkins

This month I have been focusing on lessons learned from horses. This is a big part of my life these days and I am actually working on a new book that will explore leadership lessons learned from horses. There are two lessons from horsemanship that have proven to be very helpful to me lately. The first has to do with requests we put on the horse and the second has to do with expected outcomes.

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John Lyons, America’s Most Trusted Horseman Talks ANIMAL LEADERSHIP

By Rad Watkins

Recently I was lucky enough to interview John Lyons, America’s Most Trusted Horseman. John has been a hero of mine since I discovered horses. He is very gentle, and develops willing partners in his horses. He follows the horseman’s rule and always puts the horse first. I have lots of his videos and books and I have learned a ton from him. In fact, because of him, I went from not knowing how to ride a horse at all to getting paid to “break” or better put “start” a horse for people. Read the rest of this entry »

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