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Rocky McElveen

February 13, 2009

Rocky with friend President Bush

Rocky McElveen grew up living on the edge of the world in Alaska. The owner of the world-renowned lodge Alaskan Adventures and author of Wild Men Wild Alasaka and Wild Men Wild Alaska II. You can find Rocky leading guided hunting expeditions through the Alaskan wilderness in a location that can only be accessed by plane. Many prominent people have entrusted their lives to Rocky on past expeditions; among them are U. S. Presidents, professional athletes, and high power executives. As the author of ‘Wild Men Wild Alaska’ a book that captures his stories and lessons on how to find what lies beyond the limits of this life in the wild.  Continue to full STARWINAR story of Rocky McElveen

Jordan Winar

January 14, 2009

Jordan Winar was born and raised in Cleveland, OH but currently resides in Austin, TX. He studied at Cedarville University where he was the distinguished recipient of the James R. Phipps Communication Award. After surviving an ATV head trauma accident, and a brain hemorrhage due to the misguided trajectory of a golf ball at age 16, Jordan Winar is alive and well. Here is his message regarding Star Winar Magazine and what you will see through out the year.

jordan2Imagine with me the countless “beginnings” that have occurred throughout all of human history. Many ”beginnings” have led to greatness, and are now locked in time forever. Others are happening even as you read this article, and many still remain to be written about in history books to come. These events have changed the way we live and think, and will remain legendary stories passed down for generations. A few stories you can recount are the Titanic’s maiden voyage, the attack at Pearl Harbor, and the assassination of JFK. You can agree those stories are true; those events are real points in time.

Take a moment and picture yourself in the shoes of someone experiencing one of these historic events. Feel the fresh sea breeze rush into your lungs as you board the unsinkable ship. Awake to the sun shining on your face in Hawaii while your family is hundreds of miles across the Pacific Ocean on the US mainland sleeping quietly as snowflakes fall gently outside. Visualize yourself as the President of the United States, young and invincible, preparing to greet your supporters in Dallas.

The common theme in all these stories is that they start with a ‘beginning’ but come to an end. If that passenger could go back in time, would they still spend their savings on a ticket for the Titanic’s maiden voyage? Would that brave soldier on the shores of Pearl Harbor still have enlisted? Would JFK run for President again if he knew he would be assassinated?

These three stories end in tragedy, but many others have ended in victory. Baseball players have hit home-runs to win the World Series, Presidents have abolished slavery, entrepreneurs like Henry Ford created the assembly line, making it possible for the average consumer to own a car, the Wright brothers invented modern flight.

Regardless of their outcome, there’s no denying these stories have changed history forever! Each one of these stories had a “beginning,” a moment in time when risks were taken, and sacrifice was made for the pursuit of a dream. JFK decided to run for President. He was told he was too young. He was told he would never be elected because of his religion. The young soldier in Hawaii was warned of the fate he might endure for entering the service. Ford was told building an affordable car was simply impossible. The Wright brothers were perceived as lost boys wasting their lives on a fantasy.

Taking the initiative to establish a new “beginning” is the most daunting part of a new story. In the words of the famous novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand, “Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.” Let this encourage you to start your own “beginning,” to make a difference, to give back, to live an adventure.

For many, the “beginning” remains only in their imagination, driven by fear to stifle the birth of their dream into this world. Over the following months, StarWinar Magazine will tell the stories of men and women who let their dreams begin and are now pursuing them with vitality. You will hear stories of pain, victory, commitment, strength and passion.

Sincerely,

Jordan Winar

Send your story or dream to Jordan Winar at jordan@starwinar.com for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to iTunes and StarWinar T-shirt. Include your name and phone number. Winner will be announced in the next edition.