I have not posted in a couple months and that will never happen again. I have been working on a project with my 2 partners Chris Stevenson and Marty Velasco. In the next couple months you will be hearing from us more and more. Marty will be blogging about Marketing, Chris will be blogging about Management and I will be talking about Mindset.
This year is a journey, both personally and professionally, I have been writing and thinking about what I want. What I want is quite simple, I want amazing experiences, so every year when I sit down to write this post, the post will be better and better every year. I believe that all people want is amazing experiences, but amazing experiences just don’t come to you, you have to go after it.
Here is a list of experiences that I am thankful for in 2015:
1. Watching my baby boy Tyler being born.
2. Speaking at amazing events.
3. Meeting and networking with Suzanne Evans and her team.
4. Speaking at “Be the Change”...
My partner Chris and I consulted with the incomparable Suzanne Evans and her amazing team. I have known about Suzanne for a couple of years and I even met her when I went to an event cohosted by her and my buddy Larry Winget back in 2013. One day last fall I listened to a Webinar that she shot with Larry. Both of them explain the different approaches for business. I was very aware about the way Larry approached business because I have been following him for over 10 years, consulted with him and even been to his house in Scottsdale.
What grabbed my attention was Suzanne’s approach to business and I was hooked. At the time Chris and I were gaining momentum but I wanted more, for those that know me that won’t be a big surprise. I literally had to convince Chris that we should do this and to shut me up he agreed.
We signed a contract with Suzanne and we are scheduled to speak next week at a big event called “Be the Change” in Orlando. We are also scheduled to...
I know the feeling. And if you’re an entrepreneur, you know it too:
The pressure to look perfect. To talk perfect. To be perfect.
Feeling afraid? Don’t let it show.
Well … what if I told you that’s the fastest path to crash and burn?
And what if I told you the key to more money you can imagine is to come clean. Well it is! And I want to show you how to make it happen!
That’s because my friend and colleague, the incomparable Suzanne Evans, has created a ground-breaking, absolutely FREE uncompromisingly honest World Premiere livestream. That shows you how all the things you’re trying to hide are the key to the business you’ve always wanted.
Make Your Mess Your Message:
5 Simple Decisions to Turn...
There are two parts of success. The first part is emotional, and the second part is the actionable process of getting there.
The first part is the dream, and the emotion attached to the dream.
We all have experiences that we want to live out, and we have unique reasons why we want to achieve our goals. We want to have unique experiences. We want freedom, fun. We want to travel. We want to help the people that we love. We want spiritual experiences. All we want is a great life.
A great life begins with wanting a great life. I know how that sounds. It sounds like a statement by a second grader, but it’s actually by a goofball who’s trying to live a great life. Every day I wonder what makes an amazing life amazing. Wanting it, I mean, really wanting it is a key, not the key, but the first key, to unlock the first of many doors. I spend a lot of time daydreaming of a great life.
Don’t get too excited. It’s not all about the dream, it’s about executing on...
(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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.