Dear Steve, thank you for saying this

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Early logo design sample (Feb 2015)


Steve Jobs would have been 60 yesterday, February 24, 2015….

Dear Steve, thank you for saying this:

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

So yeah, retired from Disney to raise money to give to the good people searching for a cure for Crohn’s. A great speaker with an amazing platform can make a lot of money.

Kinda like a for-profit, non-profit.


In a small way, next time you’re on Amazon consider typing “jeff noel”… there you can read the first few pages for free and if it intrigues you, and you buy the book, you’ll be helping. Plus, decent chance the one-hour read might contain enough crazy ideas to change you. Forever.


Today is not a good day to put your dreams on hold.

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Why the original goal of a million dollars is not appropriate

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Happy Valentine’s Day 2014


Most authors make no money from book sales. When you factor time, and expense, it’s pretty much a losing proposition by itself. The exception is when a book goes viral (like getting on Oprah).

The opportunity to generate revenue is from speaking (and perhaps products related to the book’s cause – think “Life is good” brand).

Writing a book adds decent credibility. It’s gutsy – because if it wasn’t, more of us would do it.

Driving a 24-year old car, and keeping expenses low, and determined to raise money until a cure is found.

The original goal was to raise one million dollars, but decided not to limit the amount. Nor stop trying until the cure is here.

Once that’s done, we can move on to the next thing that needs serious help.

A friend’s spouse has had 33 surgeries from Crohn’s disease, and the last one was to remove the only remaining portion of his digestive system.

Our son has Crohn’s and is exponentially more likely to get colon cancer than a person without Crohn’s. Last anyone checked, colon cancer is bad news.

Make no small plans.

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Addicted to Thankfulness?

It is extraordinarily uncommon to be fully conscious and in the moment all day, every day.

Why?  No seriously, why?

If being thankful is such a blessing, why do we spend so little time doing it?  Perhaps the same can be said for being healthy.

If being healthy is such a blessing, why do we spend so little time getting and staying healthy?

I think it’s because we over commit, over schedule, and, under plan. There’s a saying, “Failure to plan is planning to fail.”

I’m addicted to thankfulness.  Grateful for the ability to think about issues like this. Excited to have daily challenges. Encouraged by slow and steady progress toward reconciliation.

Yes indeed, thankfulness is a drug. Don’t forget to take your medicine.

Shhhh, It’s a Secret

Is it a secret?


The vision for Mid Life Celebration.

No, it’s not a secret. But it is crazy.

Crazy? Why?

Because who am I to think that I could rally enough Baby Boomer men to help make the world a better place?

There’s roughly 80 million Baby Boomers. Let’s say half are men, that’s 40 million.

Let’s suppose, since 97% of the world’s wealth is controlled by 3% of the population, there’s an assumption that says 3% in any category are “movers and shakers”.

Three percent of 40 Mil is 1.2 Million Baby Boomer men who are predisposed to be excellent.

Initially, I’d like to challenge these 1.2 million men, as they start to retire and have, theoretically, more disposable money and certainly more disposable time, to do something great.

To turn off the television, get up of their butts and “do something great“!

The “doing something great” definition encompasses this:

  • As simple as mending an important Family relationship
  • Help raise enough money to find a cure for an incurable disease
  • Or, anything in between the first two suggestions

The world needs a ton of help. Elder men ought to assume enough responsibility to proactively start the momentum for positive change.

If we’re lucky, these Baby Boomer men will create a ripple effect.

And then, Baby Boomer women, Gen X, Gen Y, Millennials and on down to elementary schools will be predisposed – to plants seeds of social, spiritual, physical, emotional and financial responsibility.

As President Obama has said, “We can.  We Will.  IF, we all work together”.

Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

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