I was talking with Mark, a sales rep for one of our suppliers. He has been coming by the shop for so many years now, he is more of a friend than a salesman. We were talking about the economy, growth, new equipment, etc. and he told me his division was up over a million dollars in sales this year! He was very pleased and excited with the increase. I asked him how they did it, hoping to glean some information and ideas. His countenance changed a little from happy to calm and serious, then he said “The growth and new business we are experiencing this year is the result of 4+ years of hard work.”Continue reading “Base Hit, Better Life.”
Labor not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that with is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
It seems contradictory, but it is OK to have money and earn money and use money. However, if that is your main goal in life, you will find no satisfaction or fulfillment. Money is just a tool… like a hammer. Wouldn’t you think I was crazy if I thought my soul purpose in life was to have a pile of hammers? 🙂
Keep pressing toward the mark!
It is sad and comical how we try to escape our problems. Sad because we blame to avoid responsibility and comical because humans never change. The first man, Adam, blamed God and his wife for his mistake. (Genesis 1-3), “It’s your fault you gave me the woman and her fault she gave me the fruit.” (paraphrase mine).Continue reading “Repent. Repair. Release.”
FEAR has to be the most over used excuse of all time. I’m not talking about eminent danger fear; I’m talking about the fear we experience most in our daily lives. The fear that when faced… vanishes into thin air and then shows up the next day wearing a different mask. Conquering this elusive beast is not easy, but the odds may be stacked in our favor.Continue reading “The F-Bomb”
Writing this morning, I noticed the words appeared to be a random selection of loosely connected thoughts from books, podcasts, and videos I have been consuming over the past few weeks. I was a little taken back at first, then flooded with the realization… “This is NOT good!”Continue reading “Not My Thoughts”
I was having a debate with my 13 year old son this morning about the importance of school. Of course, he doesn’t want to go because it is stupid and a waste of his valuable time. “How is this going to help me in my future?” he asked. My reply, “Learning is like putting sand in your box. If you want to build a sand castle, you must first have the sand. If you refuse to learn, you cannot build anything.”Continue reading “Sand In Your Box”
Everybody has them; everybody needs them; few take the time and effort to analyze and modify them. They help us make mundane, repetitive, and complex decisions with speed and accuracy. You guessed it – I’m talking about habits. Many of our habits are helpful but some of them can really hurt us when the’re out of alignment with who we want to be. Let’s look at how they are formed and how to improve them.Continue reading “12 Percent Upgrade”
Most of us need to have a paradigm shift from goal setting to goal getting. Pie-in-the-sky wishes and long term goals are often very difficult to translate into actionable items. Instead of asking yourself, “How do I achieve my long term goals?” ask yourself, “What type of person could achieve my goals?“Continue reading “Who can achieve YOUR GOALS?”
It takes a driven individual with an almost unimaginable amount of grit and determination to start and run a small business. I CAN and I WILL is our mantra. However, 100+ hour work weeks, miss-hires, and loads of stress can turn your “I CAN” into “I CANNOT do this any more”! If you have reached this point or see it coming over the horizon, do what Jocko Willink suggests in his book Extreme Ownership – relax, look around, and make a call.Continue reading “I can, I cannot”
Instruction from a mentor or a coach is vital to your success regardless of your profession. Why do the greatest athletes in the world seek out and hire the best trainers and coaches? They realize that no matter how talented or skilled they are, someone else could hold the key to their next level of success.Continue reading “Read. Lead. Succeed.”