Teach a Man to Fish

What makes GaryVee so popular? Why does he have the following that he does?

I think it’s because Gary doesn’t spend much time telling people what to do. He wants to help people change the way they think.

He doesn't spoon feed people answers. He shows people how to get the answers.

When we teach people how to think, we don’t have to give them an answer, and when we learn how to think, we don’t have to know the answers to every question.

Bring On The Pain!

We’re all going to experience pain.

It’s not a question of “if,” but a question of “when.” It’s been said before that every person on earth is either going through something tough, about to go through something tough, or just got out of something tough.

Pain looks different for everybody. Maybe it’s ridicule, bullying, divorce, abuse, or heartbreak.

Whatever it is, when you’re experiencing it, it’s the worst thing you can go through.

Chick-FilA Somebody

What is normal for you?

There things in my life that are absolutely normal to me that seem absurd to anybody else.

Waking up at 3AM, driving five hours to give a few 20 minute talks, then turning around and drive five hours home, only to wake up tomorrow and do it all over again?

For me, this is totally normal.

What’s normal for us is odd or different for others.

You'll Never Lose Helping Others Win

I’ve been struggling lately.

I get to do what I love for a living. I get to encourage students, speak in to their lives, and help make a difference in schools all across the state of Texas, and hopefully soon, all across the country.

But I also have to put food on the table. I have to feed my family.

If a school comes to me and asks me to give a 15 minute talk, but the school is four hours away, it’s not just a 15 minute talk. It’s eight hours in the car, gas, rental car, food, and in some cases, an overnight hotel stay.

So how do I balance this? How do I balance helping others succeed and keeping food on the table?

What's Luck Got to Do With It?

Has anybody ever told you, “this must be your lucky day?”

To be honest, I feel like the past year or so has been off the charts. We’ve seen 2Words blow up in ways that we never thought possible.

I won’t deny that I’ve been blessed, or that I’ve had breaks in my life, but I don’t buy for a second that I’ve just “been in the right place at the right time.”

If Ya Grippin', Ya Trippin'

A while back, I was talking with my buddy James, and he said to me, “I’m going to become a millionaire, and when I do, I don’t think much is going to change in my life.”

I looked at him kind of funny because obviously a lot changes in your life when you become a millionaire.

He responded by saying, “What I mean is, I’m already satisfied with my life, my family, my faith, and my values. I know that what I’m doing is making an impact in the world, so the only thing that will change is the percent that I can do what I’m already doing. I’m already doing what I love, I’ll just be able to do more of it.”

Dude, Is Your Boat Sinking?

A while back, my family was in Baltimore on vacation.

At one point, we were on a boat in the Baltimore harbor, when we came up on a couple of huge yachts. One of them shouted out to us, “Dude, is your boat sinking?”

Sure enough, we were taking on water.

This began a six hour process of Coast Guard, mayday calls, and the police. When the police got there, they immediately took charge of the situation, if i’m being honest, almost to the point where I thought they were kind of being jerks about it all.

Just One More Thing

Just One More Thing

The 3 Little Pigs taught me what it really meant to be present with my family.

The other night, as I was putting Jane to bed, we were going through our routine. We put on blankets, and then right as I was about to walk out of the room she said, “Just one more thing.”

She then told me a story. This one happened to be about her friend Olivia, and what they had done that day.

As I kissed her and began to walk out, she said again, “Just one more thing Dad” and proceeded to make up a different story.

The Hope Mistake

The Hope Mistake

Are you a learner or a loser?

What I mean by that is, when you make mistakes, do you learn from them? Do you take action to figure out why you made that mistake, and then do whatever you need to do to ensure that you don’t make that mistake again?

Or are you justifying your mistakes? Explaining them away. Or pretending that they're not there.

One makes you a learner, the other makes you a loser.

Where You Focus, You Finish

Where You Focus, You Finish

What comes to mind when you think of the word “accountability?”

Probably something along the lines of, “I have a problem, and I need you to help me defeat it or get better.”

There’s nothing inherently wrong with being self aware of your own issues. After all, we are all one bad decision away from the worst day of our lives. Stupid is sticky. But when we focus on the broken, we finish on the broken.

What if we looked at accountability differently?

My 7th Grade Band Director Made Me Cry

My 7th Grade Band Director Made Me Cry

My 7th grade band director made me cry.

In 7th grade, I was the fat kid that quit football on the first day because I didn't’ want to run sprints. I didn’t fit in, I didn’t wear the right clothes or have the right friends, and I couldn’t even decide what instrument to play in the band.

One day my director made me cry because I couldn’t play the drums right, and I was mortified that everybody was seeing that I had no idea what i was doing.

Why Not?

Why Not?

If you knew that you could have your dream job, but in order to get it, you would have to tell a white lie, would you do it?

Most of us would want to instinctively say no, but if we are really honest with ourselves, a lot of us would have to think about it.

Maybe it depends on what the lie is? Maybe we could just put a positive spin on it so that it’s technically not a lie?

Success is not possible without integrity. You can win and not be successful. You can be undefeated and still be unsuccessful.

Don't Widen the Plate

Don't Widen the Plate

I once read a story about a retired baseball coach who spoke at a coaching convention. He had coached for decades and had retired recently, but he was the keynote speaker.

As he sauntered onto the stage the audience couldn't help but notice the full size home plate hanging from a string around his neck. It stayed there for the entire speech, but he never referenced it.

As he was closing, he finally mentioned it. He asked coaches at every level of the game, from t-ball to the major leagues, how wide home plate was.

For every single one of them, the answer was the same: 17 inches.