Farmer Ted and the King of the Dipsh*ts!

If you grew up in the 80’s, you likely grew up with John Hughes films.  “Ferris Buehler’s Day Off”, “Weird Science”, and “The Breakfast Club”, just to name a few. With the exception of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (another classic!), all of the Hughes-directed films of the 80’s dealt with upper-middle class teens in some… Read More »

Stuck on Party Island Without a Plan

I am not sure if Agnar ever made it off the island of Ios. His two nights may have turned into a lifetime. And while that is not a bad place to get “stuck”, we cannot let that same thing happen to us!
We need to fight complacency! We need to recognize that we are stuck. We need to break out of our rut! And we need to come up with a plan and execute!

Are We Breaking Down or Breaking Through?

After a VERY long hiatus, I am easing my way back into the swimming pool. Growing up, swimming was the ultimate competitive outlet and a great form of exercise.  In the summer, I would swim for miles every morning.  It was effortless and automatic.  But that was then, this is now. Four lengths into my first… Read More »

You and Me, Baby!

Our lives are filled with competition that often boil down to critical one-on-one moments.   Our ability to recognize the importance of these moments, and rise to the challenge, will ultimately define our personal and professional success. And one simple story illustrates the power of these moments. It All Comes Down to One Play For several years after college, a close group… Read More »

Sean Gaiser: Changing the World with Talent and Hustle

Sean Gaiser is enormously talented.  Watching him perform or listening to one of his albums is musical nirvana.  But talent alone does not dictate success.  The world is littered with gifted people (musicians, actors, writers, entrepreneurs) who never reach their potential.  Sharing our talent and influencing our communities takes perseverance and persistence.  But more than anything it… Read More »

Never Underestimate Your Opponent

Life is all about competition.  And I learned my greatest competitive lesson on the football field at the tender age of 11. At the time, our Chevy Chase Boys Club Youth Football team was a dominant force in the Washington, DC area.  Through 8 weeks, we had run up an impressive string of lopsided victories… Read More »

Stop Asking the Wrong Questions

Questions.  They are central to our human existence.  They uncover deep knowledge and can lead to glorious enlightenment.  At the very least, they separate us from the apes. Good questions can reveal the truth about our relationships.  They can help pinpoint the genuine needs in a sales situation. And they can provide the strength and motivation we crave to overcome… Read More »

Not Every Setback Provides a “Teachable Moment”

There are no guarantees of success in life. If there were, then resiliency would be easy! If we knew that success was always on the other side of effort, then we would push ourselves all the time.

But it isn’t, and we don’t. And that is what makes sustained resiliency the most difficult yet greatest virtue of all!

Long Time Listener, First Time Caller!

In difficult times, we need to retrench and re-evaluate our lives. We need to lean on the strength of our inner circle. We need to listen to the advice of those closest to us and embrace a new perspective. And then we need to take action!

We cannot grow without taking action. We cannot move our lives forward without taking action. We cannot stay resilient without taking action!