Brand Statement

Professional antagonist, and meaning this in the nicest way, although many think I’m a pain in the you-know-what.

He that wrestles with us, strengthens us. Our antagonist is our helper. – Edmond Burke

Thank me later.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    After reading your blog, I was reminded of a college professor, mentor, and ordained minister that my wife and I knew when we were in college. He was a psychology professor at our college, but he also ran a Christian counseling center as well as preached on the side. Dr. Cutherberson was the man who married us, but he wouldn’t marry anyone unless they went through his premarital counseling. And this wasn’t easy, because he did the full psychological inventory that brought out a lot for discussion. One thing that stuck with me was that he looked at us and said with a smile, “I am not here to rubber stamp your marriage. I am here as an irritant. My goal is to bring out the potential problems now so you can see what you are heading toward instead of being blindsided later.” And he was irritating, but we gained a much better understanding of each other before we got married.

    You are right – the antagonist is a helper!


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