The freedom an entrepreneurial lifestyle brings

Howe ridge fire
It’s doubled since this photo a few days ago. Note the expected containment date, 2.5 months from now.


The freedom an entrepreneurial lifestyle brings is the payoff for the never-guaranteed success that only comes from taking the risk to do something that may not work.

But what actually makes it work is refusing to fail – in essence, refusing to quit.

You have to have a “burn-the-ships” passion.

Win or die.

Not becoming an entrepreneur leads to stress…

Stress is caused by the imbalance between effort and results.

We all want freedom, especially after we have spent decades in our careers, but few of us are willing to risk the effort required to get the results we dream of.


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Out work ’em

Disney leadership speaker
Are you on fire with what you get to do?


Out work ’em.

That’s what Tiger Woods told me.

Had the opportunity at my gym to ask Tiger a few questions. The first question, “What advice would you give to someone who wanted to be the best in the world at something?”

“Out work ’em.”

There you have it.

Context: Tiger Woods at one time was the best golfer the world had ever seen. He absolutely dominated the sport in a way that made the previous greats a distant second. And then there was the fiasco in his personal life and everything fell apart.


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Dear Son, can trying not so hard be a breakthrough?

Holy Family Catholic Church Orlando
Compelled to take this photo from the last row, next to the “Cry Room”.


i’ve always believed this to be true, but am not sure i can recall the last time it felt real – felt transformational.

Letting go of any motive that isn’t genuine.

i continue to write because i’ve discovered how much it transforms me – one single, solitary day (step) at a time.

i began writing seven years ago because i thought it was the best way to be a successful speaker.


But now i see why, and it is not for the reasons i originally thought.

The harder i work, the luckier i get. Seems so anyway.




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It’s the same for all of us

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These two met in 1999 and have remained thought partners ever since. Photo: yesterday outside the local grocery store.


Everything i do is either going to raise my average or lower it.

Same with you.

The choices we make.

The effort we put in.

The things we read.

Our thoughts.

Our dreams.

The people we hang to with.

Leadership isn’t about maintaining our average output, it’s about making our output better.

An output much better than anyone, including ourselves, believes is possible.

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Life is not fair

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(photo: MBA student’s daily homework.)

A graduating MBA student asked for advice because she is encountering one dead end after another.

But she’s smart because she realizes there are many other candidates with MBA’s.

An MBA doesn’t open the door for someone to come waltzing in.

Not fair is it?

Another option is to actually start your own business and administer it. A self-made MBA.

Nothing like the real thing to put things in perspective.

And yes, life is not fair.

The amount of work it takes to get picked is unfair.

Get used to it.

Because if you want something as badly as you want your next breathe, now is your time.

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