The Early Bird Doesn't Get The Only Worm

I am not a morning person

I beat myself up for countless years about not being a morning person. I was taught for what feels like a lifetime that “the sun should never catch you sleeping.” I read countless stories, posts and studies stating that a common trait of all successful people is getting up at before the butt crack of dawn. I grew up with one sister who is 3 years older than me. When mom went to get us out of the bed, she barely had to wake my sister and “BING!” she was up and out of bed. Me? Well let’s just s...

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The Most Important Story You Will Ever Read

The story you tell yourself about yourself is the most important story you will ever read.

In each of us is an author and a reader. Every day we are speaking to ourselves, creating a story about ourselves. The story you tell yourself about yourself is the most important story you will ever read. The most important human relationship you have in your lifetime is not with another human being; it’s with yourself. What is that relationship like? What story are you telling yourself about yourself every single day? What about in difficult moments? What about moments of temporary defeat or...

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Who's Paint Is On The Canvas Of Your Life?

Take control or it will become another's painting.

As I sit here I am looking up at 5 extremely tall palm trees blowing in the wind in Tijuana Mexico. I didn’t realize palm trees could grow so tall, so I did some research on Google. I was surprised to learn that there are over 2,500 species of palm trees, the tallest of which can grow as tall as 197 feet tall! Instantly I was reminded of a question Jim Rohn liked to ask his audience: “How tall will a tree grow?“ “As tall as it can.” ~Jim Rohn I read a book under the cabana by the pool this morni...

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Your Struggles And Circumstances Are Not Unique

Google them and see.

Ten years ago as a broke construction worker by day and a more than full-time college student at night, I used to believe that there was almost nothing I could do to change my circumstances. Tired of construction, I shopped my resume around looking for another job that would pay me the same amount that I was used to making in construction. I couldn't find it. I felt like a helpless victim, one that worked exceptionally hard and very long hours, went to school more than full-time hours on a very ...

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Choose Your Hard - Hard Choices In Life Make Life Easy

It's ALL hard.

I know of a guy who is outstanding to say the least. He is a best-selling self-published author. He has a supportive family. He mentors countless people. He is a phenomenal and highly requested speaker, and a very driven and determined individual. He is not afraid of hard work, gets back up when he is kicked down, and is the image of determination. He can go against insurmountable odds and crush them in order to win. In fact, he coaches other people to do the same. The only fallback he has, is h...

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A Broader Perspective

An Attitude of Gratitude

Being an entrepreneur now for over 10 years, I find myself in an exceptional attitude of gratitude. It amazes me how the infinite wisdom of God has given each of us different passions, interest and talents to make this world go around. Some say you should live life like you are dying, and some say you should prepare for the future and sacrifice today for a better tomorrow. I personally believe a healthy balance of both. The truth is, tomorrow is not promised, however, you just might live to be a...

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The Difference In Failing And Being A Failure

There is a difference

Everything is on big display these days in time. Social media and google expose us to the large world in which we find ourselves living. This has increased the fear of failure for many people. However… "There is a big difference in failing and being a failure.”...

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A Spun view on marriage success

Why things get stale and how to prevent it

“Look at those two. Sighhhhh... Young love.” How many times have you heard a statement like that from a couple that has been married for a length of time? The young “puppy love” is definitely something that changes with time, but certain elements of it can be preserved for the long haul. I am writing this while flying to speak for a week in Columbus Ohio. My wife and I stayed this weekend in Biloxi at the Beau Rivage Resort Casino. We got a couple's massage at the IP Casino (Ahhhh... Their sp...

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Taking the time to think

The world attempts to rob you of thinking time. Take that time back.

Bing! Your attention is averted from what you were doing because a text message just came in. You impulsively grab your phone to check the message and the message totally takes your mind away from what you were focusing on to what was in the text message. You respond to the text message and ask yourself “where was I” Oh yes, I recall.” 3 minutes later your computer dings as a new email comes in. You repeat the cycle until you look up and it’s time to leave work. On your way home, you are focusi...

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What if you jumped?

Life is too short to wait any longer.

I had a dream of being a scuba diver for a long time. I wanted to feel what it was like to be totally comfortable under water, breathe normally, relax and explore the unexplored sea without having to hold my breath. My wife, several years ago, surprised me for my birthday and got me a scuba certification course. We both got certified together, and when we went out to dive, I realized that scuba diving was even better than I had ever dreamed of. It was amazing! Oh if I had only known, I would hav...

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