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Derek Snook
Derek Snook is committed to living the story written for him by helping others do the same. He lives and works with In Every Story Labor Services ( in Charleston, South Carolina.

Entries by Derek Snook

The CHANGE Before the SOLUTION to Charleston's Tent City

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 3:09 PM

Roughly one hundred and fifty people now live in a tent city under the main interstate and entry to Charleston. Tent cities are nothing new to Charleston but the visibility of this one is. What could once be ignored is now in plain sight. It's interesting to think about how...

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Why People With Meaningful Lives Paint Their Faces Blue

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 11:41 AM

Every muscle longs for comfort and security, except one: the heart. While the rest of us looks for the easy way out, the heart beats for meaning and purpose. It's a ruthless, open and yet deceptive war.

Perhaps no story demonstrates this tension better than Braveheart. William Wallace lives into...

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Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 10:49 AM

Had I known the monks rise at 3 am to begin daily meditations I might have reconsidered showing up for the 5 day meditation course at Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery, where Buddhism first arrived in north Vietnam as far back as 300 BC. "Why did you come here?"...

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The Best New Year's Resolution Ever

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 10:10 AM

As I began thinking through my New Year's Resolutions, the bottom fell out. It began with a casual conversation with a financial advisor who told me how much money I should have saved for retirement by age 30, continued with a Fortune article on this year's fastest growing companies,...

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Read This Before You Give to Those "in Need"

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 5:16 PM

Have you ever received a gift that offended you? Or a gift that as you put on a smile made you think, "Do you even know me?" Or a gift that as you tried to hide your hurt feelings made you wonder, "Why do you think I need this?" Please...

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Living on $8 an Hour: White Elephants in the Room

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 7:27 PM

As the President of In Every Story, a social business that helps low income workers advance towards self sufficiency through temporary employment, I'm spending the months of October, November and December living on $8 in transitional housing. So here I am to talk about the first month, what it's been...

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The Power of Limitations

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Limitations cause change and innovation. Through limitations by not retaliating to opposing players, teams, fans and media who balked at him for breaking the color barrier, Jackie Robinson changed Major League Baseball. Through limitations Gandhi drove his political agenda, on multiple occasions fasting for peace and India's independence. Through limitations...

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Tidbits for Social Entrepreneurship

(4) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 11:04 AM

At the Unlimited event in New Orleans I told the story of In Every Story: how I voluntarily decided to move into a halfway house for the homeless and from living there noticed the social issue of day labor and how we as a team have grown a...

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