AUSTIN GUTWEIN

Founder of Hoops of Hope. Selected as one of the top 10 most "Caring Americans".
Author of Take Your Best Shot and Live to Give.

Fireworks and Craters

March 7, 2013

Fireworks and Craters

My buddy Dana has one of the nicest yards I've ever seen. Sure, it's partly because he lives in the beautiful, rainy, northwest but also because Dana spends his Saturday tirelessly working on his lawn. Pristine is the word I would use to describe it. All in all, his lawn was the bomb...literally.

Growing up in Arizona, it was always too dry to have fireworks that were anything bigger than a small noisemaker. So granted, when I interned with Washington based World Vision for the summer, and lived with Dana & his wife Grace, I was pretty excited to see what a firework really could do. 

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Tags: Trials, Craters, Fireworks


Integrity

February 14, 2013

Integrity

A good man will rise and battle with adversity; while a great man will rise, but is never willing to compromise his integrity even if it means he loses the battle. It is the war, not the battle. It is the race, not the sprint. It is the entire game, not just the minutes.

Not too long ago, I had a little run in with integrity. For many years, I have had a dream, a very noble dream, if I might say so. I have always wanted to serve my nation, to give back to my country by serving in the military. 

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Tags: Choices, Integrity, Honesty


God's Will and a Tennis Ball

February 6, 2013

God's Will and a Tennis Ball

Have you ever found yourself wondering how to interpret God's will or direction in your life? I'm sure most of us can answer, "yes" to that question, but I'm sure very few of us have ever used a tennis ball as part of the process.

Last semester, I was really wrestling with a decision. Finals were only a week away, so of course this wasn't the most convenient time to be pondering my future. As I was thinking, I began bouncing a tennis ball against the wall. 

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Tags: Choices


Not an Ideal Idea

February 1, 2013

Not an Ideal Idea

Have you ever had a great idea? An idea that if it worked perfectly would sky rocket you to the top of your career? How about an idea that would make you extremely successful? Well, unless you were the inventor of Facebook, you probably haven't had a near "perfect" idea in awhile.

I was just thinking about this as I sit here in my dorm room reading my Entrepreneur Magazine and thinking about how Mark Zuckerburg started Facebook in his college dorm room. Naturally, if I'm anything like Zuckerburg, or any of the other college-aged inventors, I should be dreaming some amazing ideas and be drawing them, feverishly, all over my dorm room walls. 

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Tags: Ice, Risk, Reward, Ideas


Choose Joy

January 29, 2013

Choose Joy

When I was younger, we lived in beautiful Southern California. Driving throughout the state was always spectacular, but one drive I especially loved was my drive home from elementary school.

I still don't know if I enjoyed the drive specifically because school was done for the day or because of the conversations I would have with my Mom as we drove home. Maybe it was a combination of both. Mom, if you're reading this, it was definitely just because of our conversations. 

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Tags: Joy, Sunshine, Family, Choices


Walking on Ice

January 24, 2013

Walking on Ice

I’m from Arizona, so seeing ice around my school, Anderson University, is a new and exciting experience for me. Last week, as we were walking from class, my friends and I decided to walk on the ice. And I lived to write about it.

The picture above was right after our little adventure. Fortunately, I didn’t have to dive onto the tree for safety or find myself in 3 inches of freezing cold water. Granted, I didn’t walk across an entire lake, but walking across a patch of frozen ice for the first time was pretty exciting.

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Tags: Choices, Ice, Risk, Reward


I think I'm going to start a blog.

January 24, 2013

I think I'm going to start a blog.

Most people probably don’t start their blogs with that first sentence but then again, I’ve been told most of my life than I’m not like most people. I’m a freshman in college. I’m 18. I’m originally from sunny Arizona but currently going to school in the frozen tundra of Indiana. The first two statements sound normal. The third, not so much!

You might be asking why I want to start a blog. No, it’s not because I tweet too much and run out of my allotted 140 characters. The truth is, the world’s an amazing place and full of some incredible people. I love hearing stories, going through experiences, discovering knew things, and then finding how I can grow through each of those opportunities. The only thing that would make those better would be to share those things with others.

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