Not everyone will treat you with respect. Most people don't follow the golden rule. People lie, cheat and steal without regard to how their actions may impact others. Some people will use you as a stepping stone to get ahead in life and then push you to the curb and sometimes, you do everything right and things still don't go your way. When it comes down to it, life is challenging and it often appears … Continue reading It Depends Where You Look
I can't believe it is finally here. The day has come where my second book, Secrets from Strangers: Life Changing Lessons I Learned Through A Valuable Perspective, is published! This book and all of the life changing secrets it shares, is available on Amazon Prime! I also offer special discount pricing for signed copies and those of you looking to purchase multiple copies in my online store (discount codes at bottom of this post)! Click … Continue reading My second book is finally published and ready for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We teach ourselves a very important lesson as babies without even realizing it. We crawl until we learn to walk. We walk until we learn to run. We run until we learn to sprint. Regardless of how ugly our first steps may have been, without them we would never learn to walk, run or sprint. I know that once set my sights on something, that's it. It doesn't matter how long it takes, I … Continue reading Just Take A Step
The old cliche that "fear is not real" has never sat well with me because I couldn't disagree more. Fear is very real and it's everywhere. It can accompany a lot of the obstacles that we face throughout our lives and make overcoming those obstacles that much more challenging. Fear can bring even the strongest people to their knees but can also be molded into a powerful tool if we decide to face it head … Continue reading Fear Is Real
I spent the better portion of my teenage years like so many others trying to fit in with the crowd. I chased the newest trends and as they changed, so did I. I wanted approval from my peers and I wanted to be right in the middle of the crowd. Now I want the exact opposite. What changed? I realized the value in being unique. I realized that I don't want to fit in. I … Continue reading I don’t want to fit in.
TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. Motivate. Inspire. Grow. Willpower to change As rational human beings we can easily become intimidated by the thought of change. We become comfortable with what we know and that often leads to complacency in the continuation of what comes easy to us. For most of us, the thought of taking risks to explore anything new can be challenging and anxiety producing. That is where the fourth principle of TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. takes over; … Continue reading The Fourth Principle: Willpower to Change
TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. Motivate. Inspire. Grow. Obstacles Vs. Opportunities The third principle of TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. requires a willingness to embrace a new perspective on the value that obstacles and opportunities can bring to our lives. Instead of viewing these two core principles as polar opposite, TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. integrates them both together for maximum effect. Instinctually, we view obstacles as negative challenges instead of building blocks to a stronger version of ourselves. The only difference … Continue reading The Third Principle: Obstacles vs. Opportunities
Motivate. Inspire. Grow. It is easy to cast blame when things don't go our way. We blame everything around us when we are not in the position we want to be in throughout life. Especially those of us in my generation who have embraced this mentality that if we fall, it must be because someone else tripped us. We struggle to accept the true value that self-accountability can bring to our lives. I myself, lived … Continue reading It’s Easy to Blame Others
Motivate. Inspire. Grow. One of my favorite movie quotes of all time is from the movie Tommy Boy. Chris Farley, "Tommy", barely skates through his final exam and graduates college and when David Spade "Richard" picks him up from the airport Tommy says, "A lot of people go to school for seven years" with Richard replying "Yea, they're called doctors!" Maybe this quote is just that funny or maybe I like it because it hits close … Continue reading A lot of people go to school for seven years…
Motivate. Inspire. Grow. TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. G. Good People: The first step towards development and growth comes with the understanding that life is the ultimate team sport. Surround yourself with good people and the opportunities are endless. As we create aspirations for our future, we must identify those who will help keep us on our path. As strong as we believe we are as individuals, we are exponentially stronger together. Whether we are running a business, … Continue reading The First Principle of TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H.
Chasing accomplishments is a never ending journey if we fail to realize why we started on that journey in the first place. The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to realize the truth in this. We establish our resolutions and often fail to realize why they are important to us. We set out for higher paying jobs, better relationships, healthier lifestyles and bigger houses - but why? Why do we want the … Continue reading Ask yourself…”why”?
Life is about challenging ourselves today in a way we never thought possible yesterday. It's about setting goals that scare us. Some people are ok with minor improvements throughout their lives and honestly, there is nothing wrong with that. Some people are more comfortable living in the shadows and blending in with the crowd - but that's not me. Put me smack in the middle of the spotlight. My flaws and all. Put the pressure … Continue reading Spotlight or shadow?
It sucks that life doesn't always go our way. It also sucks that as soon as we take life in stride, obstacles suddenly appear to slow us down. But maybe they aren't there to slow us down but rather to make sure we don't become complacent. To ensure that we don't take life for granted and we don't lose sight of where we were headed. To remind us of how strong we actually are and … Continue reading Bend don’t break…
Take a moment and ask yourself; what is it in your life that you are beyond passionate about? It's not an easy question to answer, and if it is, you likely answered it wrong. I am not talking about what makes you happy, like going to the gym, or your job, but I mean the true reason you wake up every day. What is it that lights that fuse every morning for you to leave … Continue reading What sets your soul on fire?
How is it possible that I learned one of life's greatest leadership lessons from doing yard work as a kid? Like most kids, I hated doing yard work. I grew up in a beautiful house with an incredible landscape with a huge yard that my father insisted we could maintain ourselves. My father's attention to detail was unprecedented. My brothers and I used to joke that he would make us cut the grass with scissors … Continue reading What could yard work possibly teach me about leadership?
Why is it that so many leaders in today's world view unsolicited input from those they lead as a threat to their leadership authority? I've experienced this in both my civilian and military careers. For some strange reason, leaders are unwelcoming to advice from their subordinates and I just can't understand why. Is it because it makes the leader feel inadequate in some way? Is it because leaders expect themselves to be the sole source … Continue reading It’s time to embrace the “good idea fairy”…
As many of you already know, my wife Kelsey Rose and I are expecting our first child (a daughter) in the next week! As ecstatic as we are to welcome Isabella Rose into this world, the nerves are finally starting to set in. The room is painted, I've hung the shelves in the nursery closet and the furniture is all put together which makes this feel so much more real. A few weeks ago, a … Continue reading Hell yes I’m nervous to be a dad! Here’s why…
As I'm sure is the same for many of you, my parents constantly stressed the importance of one of life's most valuable lessons; saying please and thank you. I was taught to say please before I asked for something and thank you after I received it. Sounds familiar, right? But if I'm being honest, this was one of my least favorite lessons as a kid. Despite being so simple, somehow it was also so difficult … Continue reading Here’s what happens when we apply one of life’s simplest lessons to our leadership approach but…in reverse order.
If your childhood was anything like mine then you've likely heard the phrases "take the high road" and "be the bigger person" more than once. Like many of you, I heard those phrases after an "argument" with my brothers or friends or after someone mistreated me. But I must admit, I struggled to understand how it was my responsibility to "be the bigger person" if I was the one being wronged. I understood that … Continue reading Stop running from conflict. In fact, it’s time to embrace it.