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It was a story worth reading.

It was an exciting moment for me to see my story “How to Feel Better” get so many people reading it. It might be routine for many Medium writers but this was the first time for me. Most of my stories get far fewer reads, so I thought I’d dig into why this one did so well.

Picked for further distribution?

Yes, the story was “picked for further distribution,” so are many of my other stories. I looked and that didn’t seem to be the reason. When it was distributed, it only gained a dozen or so views. …


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There is no such thing as a coincidence.

Why are we prompted to do things?

Where do promptings come from?

Are they from God or something else?

Yesterday, unlike my normal routine, I woke up early and had a feeling I should walk our dog. It is summer so this seemed like a good idea to take the dog out before it got too hot. I usually wait and go with my wife, but she sprained her ankle the week before and I felt like I should let her sleep in.

I got Buddy up and he was more than happy to go with me. Buddy is a…


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How to know when to ask for help

I see this often. Two teams are faced with the same challenge. Both teams are equally intelligent. They both have the same resources available to them. They both have the same time limits. One team succeeds. The other team flounders and fails. What is the difference?

The difference between success and failure often comes down to knowing when to ask for help.

I remember my first job out of school. I had worked extremely hard to impress my employer that I knew what I was doing and had the skills to do the job. I remember sitting down at my…


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No, I am not misquoting Daniel Webster, I’m quoting my father

My father’s word came at a pivotal time in my life. It was a time where I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders. I had big questions about my future and the direction my life would take. Here is my story.

The Decision

It was early fall 1980. I was a newly married freshman in college. We had just learned that my wife Kim was pregnant with our first child. We had no money and both of us were working part-time to pay tuition and bills. We lived in a three-room house that was older than my grandparents. …


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How to unlock your team’s creative powers

In this article, I will be giving concrete ways to enhance and improve your creative skills. First, I will tell you why I feel qualified to address the subject. Then I will define specific ways to improve creativity including concepts, examples, and exercises. I will be drawing on my own primary research, life experiences, and success stories.

I am writing this article because I want to share what has worked for me and my teams. I feel it is important that a person has some experience or knowledge of the topics they write about. …


What I’ve Learned

Hesitation is the thief of opportunity

Don’t hesitate. Grab opportunities you want with both hands. Photo by Leo Rivas on Unsplash

What have you missed in your life because you hesitated and did not act as quickly as you could have?

What is the difference between winners and losers?

At Mystery Escape Room, we run a lot of team-building events. We see thousands of teams every year try and solve the mysteries of our escape rooms. To help teams better understand how they can improve, we track team performance. One of the aspects of team performance that we track is time wasted through hesitation.

In one of our online escape room adventures, we have a puzzle where the team is split…


It’s all about what you know

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I understand from my writer friends that getting a book deal is a big deal. Many writers spend years writing before they catch the attention of a major publisher. For me, it happened without me even trying. I happened to know something the publisher needed. I learned a valuable lesson from that experience. It’s all about what you know.

My story

I create art for video games. After several years and dozens of published games, I started to gain a reputation in the industry. I got a speaking assignment at a video game convention. I remember working hard on the presentation. I…


Try using Nathan’s formula

Nathan Glad Photo supplied by his mother Rachel Glad.

One day I was feeling a bit down and worried. The pandemic had shut down my business and we had no idea when we would be able to reopen. I was facing a lot of financial pressure. Like many at the time, I felt isolated from friends and family. That day I was scheduled to run an online escape room. I wasn’t sure I was up to it. Seeing that it was the only source of income for my company, I felt I needed to do my best.

When I logged into the video conference to see who would be…


We were ordered to close our doors. Now what?

A chained front door.
A chained front door.
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When the pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, my company and all those like us faced a crisis. The government ordered us to close. I remember locking the doors to one of our locations after having told our employees we had no work for them.

It was a scary time for me. I still had huge obligations for rent and other commitments that did not go away because of the pandemic. I was looking at losing everything we had spent six years building. It was a long, lonely drive back home.

This is a story of how we were…


If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it might be a duck

COVID-19 has pushed a lot of companies to move their products online. Escape rooms are no exception. Prior to the world-wide pandemic, the terms online escape room and virtual escape room were almost unknown and unsearched for. I should know because I created an online escape room “Minutes to Midnight” as a team building event back in 2018. It saw little traffic and few requests over the two years leading up to the spring of 2020.

The pandemic changed everything.

Now there are hundreds of online escape room experiences. They range from print and play puzzles to full games with…

Leslie Pardew

I am an artist, designer, author, and entrepreneur who has a few things to share about life, art and business.

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