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I grew up listening to music.  Like many teenagers, when they are first able to drive, as soon as I turned my ignition to start the car the stereo would automatically fill the air with the classic rock legends of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, or AC/DC.  No, I’m not that old, I was just super…

Compete!

Competition sometimes gets a bad reputation.  The older we get the more we look at competition as a negative.  There’s a feeling that we’ve got nothing to prove.  And often it’s based on good intentions.  We know who we are so there’s no reason to go out and “prove” something.  Or, especially if it’s relational…

Self Awareness

In the movie classic Terminator 2 we hear the story of the beginning of the Terminator. Skynet’s artificial intelligence backfires when the machines become self aware and begin destroying the human race. There is so much power in being self aware. Not only could you take control of your life, you could be a Terminator…

Today’s Gratitude: Family

Today my parents and brother make the long drive back to Boise.  They drove out here for a 4 day trip, pulling a U-Haul trailer bringing us a 100+year old family bed for my daughter, a Christmas present for my wife that my brother designed, welded and built.  My dad made several loads back and…

Sitting is the new gluten

It’s become all the rage as of late, and after my experience, for good reason.  If you’re like many white collar workers you spend hours upon hours sitting at a desk on your computer.  The internet has been such a revolutionary tool and has allowed us to be very productive, connected, and distracted, all at…

Complacency killed the cat

It’s mid January 2016 and my phone is ringing off the hook.  The stock markets are in turmoil.  It’s the worst start to a year in stock market history.  Clients are worried.  They’re scared that their investments are losing money and want to know what my take is and if they are going to be…

Don’t live the life you grew up living

Many of you are reading this and thinking that you that you grew up in a great household with great parents and wouldn’t trade your life for the world.  Some of you will say that you grew up with a very difficult childhood and you want to change the direction of your life’s path.  Others…

Take responsibility for EVERYTHING

If you’re like me you heard it as a kid and heard it throughout the teenage years, “Take responsibility for your actions.”  In hindsight it is great advice, and even then I’m thankful because I was able to grasp the idea of taking responsibility for my actions. It wasn’t until my mid-30s though that I…

“Does it make you money or make you happy?”

“Does it make you money or does it make you happy?  The great orator Adam Carolla, my guilty podcast pleasure, has always stated this quote on his show and in his first book.  I don’t know if he was the first to coin the term or if it was someone else, but I first heard…

Be Level 10

The one book that I read last year that I’ve recommended to others more than any other book up to that point is The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.  I read about morning routines all the time and had my own version of a morning routine that I was happy with so I really wasn’t expecting…

Everything is negotiable

Have you ever made a major purchase; say a car, or even a house?  If you have then you’re familiar with the often unpleasant task of negotiation.  Some people love the thrill of the deal making process.  Many people hate it and even dread the thought of going back and forth with a sales person…

Learn something new

So this weekend I had finished my honey-do list, worked out, did what I needed to do for work and had things ready for the week.  But it was 2pm on Sunday and I wasn’t sure what to do for myself.  As I was wondering through my bedroom, trying to look busy, I stumbled across…