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.”
I vividly remember an aged piece of copy paper hanging on the dull beige block wall in the boys locker room. The large thick block letters read “LUCK is when preparation meets opportunity”. Sports are an excellent teacher of teamwork and in many ways a metaphor for life in general. I learned a lot playing high school basketball, but the thing I remember most often is the block letters on that ratty piece of paper.Continue reading “Buying Luck”
Since grade-school, I’ve heard this repeated over and over again, “You’re not good at this, you need to work hard and get better.” This might be the wrong way to think. Let me explain.Continue reading “One thing you can do to “Level-Up””
You have to work long, hard, and smart.
If you leave anything on the table, someone else will do it… and when you collide they will win.
Last second plays and amazing comebacks capture our imagination, but what I saw last night in the SEC Championship game between Alabama and Georgia rang so true in my spirit that I’m still thinking about it. By the way, I’m a die hard Auburn fan – Class of ’92. Continue reading “Hurts. So Good!”