Changing My Perspective on Success

Sign in the Hall

Sign in the Hall that Changed My Story Growing up, all I ever wanted to be was number five.  Number five for the Kansas City Royals.  George Brett was my idol.  From as early an age as I can remember, that was it for me; the pinnacle. While other kids my age were watching cartoons and bugging their parents for action figures, I was hounding mine for royal blue stirrup socks and mock baseball card...
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As the World Turns – Five Times

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Today is my birthday.  Today I turn 35.  I’m always the first to say that age is fairly meaningless.  To me, anyway.  Hell, there was a two year stretch in my early thirties where I forgot how old I was.  No joke.  I’ve never put much stock in the numbers or the “milestone” birthdays. For some reason, though, this one hits home.  I don’t think it’s the birthday or the age as much as it...
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Mastery: One Morning at a Time

My Morning Set Up

Through squinted eyes, I glanced over at the clock on the oven in our kitchen.  It read 5:38am.  I was sitting at the kitchen table, right in the middle of filling out my morning journal and simultaneously enjoying a big hot cup of bulletproof coffee. I had been up for roughly an hour-thirty at that point.  I had already been on a lengthy walk.  I’d sat in silence for a couple minutes while working on...
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Live Your Dream and Share Your Passion

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Recently I’ve been giving a lot of thought to life; what I’m doing, whether I love it and/or what changes I need to make.  I have a copy of the Holstee Manifesto up on the wall in my home office.  It’s also the background image on my laptop and iphone.  I really like the message.  They have some pretty cool stuff over at their website – check it out. The Holstee Manifesto This is your...
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Value-Driven Approach [Case Study]

Case Study - Cherisse Drive

Here are the facts . . . Ryan had our house under contract in less than 48 hours. We had 20+ showings in two and a half days and there were 6 offers on our house – all of them were over the asking price.  Many of the Realtors commented on how the house was “priced perfectly” thanks to Ryan’s advice. I followed all of Ryan’s suggestions for showing and staging the house, and the...
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A Very Simple Strategy for Better Habits

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“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” – Samuel Johnson Why are good habits so hard to sustain?  It’s not so much having the initial motivation to change.  It’s not so much taking the first step toward better action.  It’s not so much learning new behaviors.  It is so much taking the action, maintaining motivation and sustaining the will power long enough for the...
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Don’t Apologize For Having High Standards

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My wife, Kristin, remarked the other day that one of her co-workers expressed to her how much she enjoys receiving and reading the newsletter that I mail out on a consistent basis.  And she said, something to the effect of, “Boy he was sure hard on himself in the last one.” She was undoubtedly referring to My 2015 Manifesto that I wrote and included in the last edition of my newsletter.  I actually heard that...
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