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Burpees 2017 of Everything

That was the headline that caught my eye. It was a post by Jesse Itzler that popped up in my Facebook feed, just a few days before the new year. The text of the post read … THE CHALLENGE: Starting 1/1/17 — you have 31 days to complete 2017 reps of each of these exercises [Burpees, Sit-ups, Push-ups, Squats and Chair Dips]. We will donate $400 to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation for everyone who finishes (up to...
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Stop Searching for Balance

Stop Searching for Balance

I subscribe to the theory that who you become is a direct reflection of the caliber and the character of people that you surround yourself with. And with that in mind, I am always looking for a seat at the table with the best and brightest. A couple days before the turn of the new year, I joined a new online community of entrepreneurs and business owners. Yet, given the recent circumstances with my dad’s health — amongst...
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Give Someone a Hug Today

Give Someone a Hug

Just before 7pm last Friday night, my phone chirped. A voicemail from my mom. After a brief discussion, Kristin looked at me pointedly and said, “you have to go.” I knew I had no choice. By 7:20pm I was pulling in to the emergency room parking lot at Seton Northwest, still uncertain exactly what was happening. By 8:45pm I was trailing the ambulance that was transporting my mom and dad to Brackenridge hospital, near downtown....
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Goals Are For Losers

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“Goals Are For Losers, Literally.” That’s a direct quote taken from Scott Adams’s book, How to Fail at Anything and Still Win Big. A book that I read at the beginning of 2016 and one that I’d easily count amongst the top 5–10 I read all year. His Rationale: Goal oriented people exist in a state of near continuous failure, that they are hoping will only be temporary. “Goals people,” he says “are fighting the...
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Thank You – I Am Humbled

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Monday morning 8:50am I was settling in at my desk, about to get after it, when Kevin’s message popped up on my phone … “We just got done with our Monday morning team meeting and … Unanimous feedback … they loved your message! Thanks for being vulnerable. You shifted and shaped some young minds for the better on Friday!” His message, of course, in reference to the presentation that I gave on Friday morning. The one that I...
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Today Is The Big Day

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Last week, I mentioned that I’d been asked to be a guest speaker at a team building/planning meeting that a friend of mine holds each year – for his growing team of financial advisors. As always, I appreciate the positive response and well wishes. Tim, a buddy of mine, wrote back with the advice, “Just be YOU Brother. Be authentically you! You have a lot to share that will help people.” I have to say,...
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It’s Just Going to Have to Wait

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Back after a one week hiatus. I hope that your Thanksgiving break was full of good food and family. Our week was chock full of activity, to say the least. Tuesday afternoon Kristin and I took the kids to see the Trolls movie. It was only our second attempt in a movie theater. The first, coming last Christmas break when we tried taking them to see the Peanuts movie. We had to pull plug after...
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