Continuing A “What It Takes” Legacy

The True Story:

On Thursday June 9th 2011, my fellow high school teacher and professional columnist Jaime Richards was reading an obituary of a dear friend he knew, Lauri Klobas, who passed of breast cancer in April 2010. In her obituary Lauri was best known for writing a weekly series of columns for The Disability Rag magazine. Lauri’s theme: “Phys Diz Show Biz.”

He then proceeded to ask the class if we, his students, knew the title theme of his columns, which then we all promptly responded with ‘What It Takes.’

So why “What It Takes” you may ask?

Here is what Jaime has to say about his columns:

What it Takes is about just that – what it takes to live an extraordinary life. Mastering this, the most important of all courses, requires us to “major in success.” We’ll immerse ourselves in the study of the best thoughts and ideas.

~ The header of Jaime’s page

I later on proceeded to ask Jaime that I needed an underlying theme for my columns as well. Jaime quickly replied, “Get to work on that. Gotta brand yourself.”

I was hoping he would have given me some suggestions but I could tell he was still busy lecturing at the moment.

Since June 2011, I’ve been deeply contemplating what kind of theme I’d like my columns to go by. I’ve already been inspired and motivated by Jaime and countless other individuals all teaching me some form of “What It Takes”, and coincidentally, I have not just absorbed these lessons very well. I have ventured out on my own trying to “see the blue” in everything I read and write about.

Several months ago, I have been re-thinking about a theme and eventually, a name came to me: Preaching off the Pulpit (POP).

The reason why I chose the acronym POP is to bring pop culture, psychology and Pentecostalism together and to present all three in a new light (no stereotypical puns intended). I call this a “Pop Trinity.” Get it?

TED talks are also great sources of inspiration to me. Love them!

See Jaime’s book What It Takes here:


~ Originally published on June 20, 2011; Updated on September 18, 2014 ~