We all have a phase here on earth. An amount of time that we are going to take up living on this spinning rock that we call home.
The flip side to that equation is this: we are all going to die. I don’t mean to be a bummer, but the statistics on death are not in our favor. Death will come for all of us.
Is your passing going to be an anchor that holds your family back, or is it going to be something that amplifies and propels them into the future and live into the fullness of who they were created to be?
May we live with the end in mind, and steward and shepard our families in such a way that our passing can be not a tragedy but a powerful catalyst.
If you will begin with the end in mind, it will change everything about today.
We live in a world of NO, don’t we?
We live in a world where doubt has become almost the default position. Doubt is sticky and it’s so easy to doubt even the things that we know to be true.
We doubt or beliefs and believe our doubts, even though doubts are never meant to be believed.
We go through our day doubting everything. We doubt every decision we make as parents, spouses, bosses, coaches, etc. No matter how good we get and no matter how much affirmation we get, there’s still this doubt that comes in and gnaws at us.
We have a commitment problem.
There are all different types of commitment. Financial, emotional, spiritual, time, and relational, just to name a few. But no matter what the commitment, we have a commitment problem, and it’s one that seems to have emerged in the past few decades.
My dad worked the same job for 45 years. Same place, same job, same coworkers for 45 years. I recently met a security guard at a High School who had been doing the job for 32 years.
Those people made commitments to a place, and their actions have been informed by those commitments.
We’ve got to be as diligent in the little things as we are in the big things. The little things give us the reps we need to be successful when the big things come.
Naaman was going to miss the blessing of God because he was too prideful to do the little thing. And so often we miss the best of life when we’re too prideful to do the little things.
Don’t let your pride keep you from going all in and giving your best to what you’re doing.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.