Things I happen To Think About (Part 2 of 2)

blog Feb 12, 2015

(The remaining issues that I’ve been thinking about in my life and in my business.)

4.     You are responsible for everything in life that affects your ability to become amazing, whether or not it’s your fault. One of my mantras is my disability is not my fault, but it’s my responsibility. I had absolutely nothing to do with my having a disability—it sucks…it really sucks—but I always had dreams, and I always knew that I had to fight for them.

5.     What you do professionally opens doors. I took two amazing trips in November. One to Seattle to watch the Seahawks beat the Giants and one to Vegas to celebrate my buddy Chris’ birthday party. I met Coach Carroll at USC when he agreed to endorse my first book, Love Your Life and It Will Love You Back. We became friends and when he received a coaching job in Seattle, I tried to make it a point of going up there once a year to see him. I root for the Seahawks because my...

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Things I Happen To Think About (Part 1 of 2)

blog Feb 05, 2015

January was a great month, but it was crazy. I had a baby, and I’m starting a new business venture with my buddy Chris Stevenson. I’m watching my son Andrew run amuck and just be a happy boy. I have a new office Manager, Jessica, who doesn’t know how neurotic I can be (but don’t tell her). I would also like to welcome Suzanne Evans who is going to be consulting me on my new business model.

Here are some issues that I have been really thinking about in my life and in my business. I have made so many mistakes in the past and want get this business venture (which I will talk about soon) right because it can mean a lot of money, a lot of fun and good times on the road with my buddy Chris Stevenson and my best friend Patrick.

1. Create an experience around what you do. If you have ever been to a professional sporting event, you know that it’s not what happens at the game or on the field or on the courts, it’s about the whole experience. Getting settled...

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How is Your New Year’s Resolution Going?

blog Feb 01, 2015

I get excited about my dreams…I can’t wait for them to come true. At the beginning of every year, people get excited about their dreams—they have a long list of things they want to do and they want to do them all at the same time. However, having your dreams and working on your dreams are two different activities, and should be separated.

Dreams and resolutions are exciting and fun to think about, but achieving them takes hard work, sacrifice and understanding the process of getting there. I have been a victim of this for years. I have been frustrated about where I was and would get excited about where I wanted to go, but the excitement only lasted a couple of days or weeks. No matter how exciting something is in the beginning, it becomes routine and monotonous. Even if it becomes boring, you have to execute. Here are my thoughts about why New Year’s resolutions die.

#1. Your friends and loved ones love you the way you are. Jim Rohn said that you are the...

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My Seahawks

blog Jan 22, 2015

As I was getting ready to go to print in 2006 with my first book, Love Your Life and it Will Love You Back, my then assistant called USC to see if Coach Carroll would be interested in providing a blurb for the book. We got on the list for practice, where I gave Coach my manuscript and took a couple of pictures in case that was the only encounter I had with him. Well, what happened next was truly amazing.

He had traveled to Washington with his team and when he landed, he left me a message saying that the book left him in tears and he had to hide behind the seats because he couldn’t let football players see him cry.

During the next two seasons, I spoke to the team half a dozen times and one of the speeches landed on ESPN.

When he decided to jump to the NFL, I was sad to see him leave, but excited for him and his new opportunity. I try to get up to Seattle once a year to see my buddy Pete, and even send the players books.

When I was up there in November, I asked Mike Flood (the...

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January 8, 2015

blog Jan 14, 2015

What happens when you get some of the best news of your professional life, but it gets trumped by some of the best news of your entire life…? Last Thursday—the 8th of January—was one of those days. I woke up and called my dad on his 69th birthday, checked my email and found out I’m going to be speaking to a thousand entrepreneurs this May in Orlando. It’s absolutely a dream come true because I will be sharing the stage with my mentor and good friend Larry Winget. Trust me, it gets better. What happened next is truly amazing. My wife was days from her anticipated due date. We had an appointment with the doctor. It was to be one of her last checkups and he said that she was almost ready to deliver—all she needed were the contractions. We picked up lunch on the way home and after we ate…the contractions started. She was in labor. She was in labor! We waited a couple of hours until they were five minutes apart, then we drove to the hospital...

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2014: My thoughts…and moving forward

blog Dec 17, 2014

My life is amazing.

2014 is another chapter in my journey, but I want more. I am willing to put in the hard work to make my dreams a reality. Here are a couple of highlights of 2014, in no particular order.

The year began with a house in escrow, because I needed something a little bigger as my family grew. Also, I was putting the finishing touches on my new book Big Dreams Take Small Sacrifices. In April, I found out my wife was pregnant with our second child. I witnessed my boy Andrew take his first steps, and say the words Mama, Dada, and—of course—touchdown, which his Grandma taught him. I also had fun taking trips to Vegas, Seattle and Lake Tahoe. I watched friends get married and welcomed my first nephew Ezra into the world.

Years ago, I thought an amazing night was going out to the clubs and getting home no earlier than 3am, but now an amazing night is having a 7pm dinner with the people I love and getting slapped by my son Andrew as he’s laughing at Daddy.


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A Holiday Note

blog Dec 05, 2014

We are coming upon the holidays and bombarded by what to buy and what to eat and who to hang out with. We also put our dreams and goals on hold during December while we eat a lot, drink a lot, and wear stupid sweaters. The last thing that we want to do during the holidays is think about our waistlines, our hopes, our dreams etc….

After all, isn’t that what January is for? On January 1st, when we are all hung over and bloated, we realize things need to change. We unpack our dreams, our goals, our desire to lose 10lbs…and we feel ashamed.

Holidays are all about reflection, good food, good drinks and having an excellent time. But this time of year should not be about excess or going into debt because you want to make other people happy.

The holidays are a great time to get a jump start on everybody else that waits until mid-January to set up the next year. I’m not implying that you should lock yourself in your house, not hang out with your friends, or not go...

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Thanksgiving 2014

blog Nov 26, 2014

This year was one of the best years of my life: I moved to a slightly bigger house. I found out that my wife Leslie and I are having our second child. I watched my other son Andrew take his first steps. I published another book. I even snuck in a couple of trips with the guys. I have so much to be thankful for. Here is a brief list. (I have been doing this ever since I blogged for the USC football team back when Pete Carroll was the coach.)

  1. Watching my son sleep, take his first steps, and a hundred other things that only my wife and I care about.
  2. My amazing parents, who always take the time to make sure I’m OK.
  3. My amazing friends, especially Patrick Saylor, who I’ve known since second grade.
  4. Chris Stevenson, who is my speaking partner; we did some amazing work this year.
  5. Smile TV, who I’m talking with to produce a documentary about me and invited me to speak to four hundred people at Contagious Optimism LIVE, where I got to share the stage with two of my mentors,...
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An Amazing Couple of Days

blog Nov 20, 2014

On Friday morning, I woke up early because I was going to give a speech at USC (which is always on honor). A film crew from Smile TV came to record my speech. On top of everything else, my baby sister Sanaz was getting ready to give birth to my nephew. I woke up at 5:30 in the morning, took a shower, and met my speaking partner, Chris. We drove down the Pacific Coast Highway, and cut across the 10 freeway into downtown L.A.  When we arrived, I was greeted by the Smile TV crew and my former communication professor, Stacy Geck. (As Chris and I were getting mic’d up, we were cracking jokes about nothing in particular and I was wondering if our mics were on!) Then Jim Ellis, the Dean of the business school, walked in and introduced me to the class. When I was at USC, he was a marketing professor and we continued a fourteen-year relationship. It’s an honor to be invited as a guest speaker at USC, especially by Jim.

There was a time when I assumed that I could never...

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The Resources Exchange

blog Oct 31, 2014

Being amazing requires time, energy, money, love, inspiration, motivation, and many more resources. There are two types of resources: hard resources and soft resources.

Hard resources are quantifiable–they include time and money. Everybody has 24 hours in a day and a buck is a buck. They might have different meanings to different people, but they are tangible and quantifiable.

How you look at each resource is important to becoming amazing. Your relationship with time, money, knowledge, and other resources can propel you into an amazing life. When many high school students graduate, they have the choice of exchanging their time for money or investing their money and time into getting an education, which in the long run, will lead to an amazing life. Everybody has the choice every day to either just get by, keep up with the cycle, or invest their time, money, and energy into having an amazing life.

There are three types of activities you can perform with your resources. You...

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