Personal Growth

Begin With the End in Mind

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.

Commitment Issues

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

There's a Rattlesnake in the Dugout

There's a Rattlesnake in the Dugout

My buddy Coach Russell Lucas told me one of the craziest stories I’d heard in a long time lately.

He was in the middle of a full day of baseball games. They had some crazy weather, some game delays, and he was just filling me in on the day.

To be honest, I was kind of zoning out, when he said the following words: “We had to stop the game because there was a rattlesnake in the dugout.”