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The hardest thing

Posted: May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized
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Good morning and Happy Monday. I am writing this post on Monday morning. I like to post before work begins and after my morning run and commute. If you’ve read this blog before you may know that I enjoy running and I recently started a new job. With my new job came a new schedule and I had to move my afternoon jog to the mornings.

The first week was absolute hell. I am not much of a morning person but I have stuck with the morning runs and now, I look forward to the morning run. Did it stop being hell? Absolutely not it is still tough and hard but, after my morning run there is absolutely nothing that the workday can throw at me that will stop me even on Monday.

Workdays are full of tasks that can be hard. If you can, I encourage you too, do the hardest thing first, you will feel accomplished and you will reinforce the truth that, You can do anything!





You have to make it

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Uncategorized
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You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it. – Charles Robert Buxton

“John, I am not looking for a candidate with spare time I am looking for a candidate who does not have any time. Because that type of candidate knows how to make time.” I was listening to the sales pitch for a part time job with offered low pay yet high autonomy. I worked it for three months but then I found a replacement. The gig wasn’t for me. The concept of making time though has been a recurring thought for me.

There is an interesting story,  about a new element added to the periodic table. The element is Uup and was discovered when scientist made it through smashing atoms together. If you are a super geek this is exciting because of many reasons but for laypersons, the act of creation should always be exciting. Humans can make something out of nothing.

As soon as we understand this concept of creation and realize you hold the power to create, you will be truly empowered and the excuse that I ran out of time will leave your lexicon. If you need time make it! Everyone who does something great never ran out of time. Some of the most accomplished in their fields and the most influential mothers and fathers lived relatively short lives. Time didn’t stop these men and women from doing good and helping others. Think back to the influences in your life and the moments they influenced you. Aren’t you glad they made time for you? I know I am.

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You can create time. You have to be able to create time if you are not… Well than you are out of luck and out of time. So today take away the words I don’t have time and I can’t because you can do anything. Even make time!




Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you. – Jeffrey Gitomer

Ahh such powerful words. Is there a better way to end the week? Jeffrey Gitomer makes his living through encouraging and empowering others. He is one of the many motivational speakers and business trainer. Perhaps you can tell through his quote that he truly believes in self empowerment. He can be sort of brash in his delivery, some call it realistic.

You may or may not agree with his attitude but Jeffrery’s quote should help encourage you. Give you affirmation of the control you have over your life. for some more gentle encouragement I purpose you look to

Garth Brooks song “I will sail my Vessel”.

You know a dream is like a river,
Ever changing as it flows,
and the dreamer is just a vessel,
that must follow where it goes.

Trying to learn from whats behind you,
and never knowing whats in store.
Makes each day a constant battle,
just to stay between the shores.

And i will sail my vessel,
till the river runs dry.
Like a bird apon the wind,
these waters are my sky.
I’ll never reach my destination
If i never try,
So I will sail my vessel,
till the river runs dry!

Too many times we stand aside,
and let the water slip away.
And what we put off till tomorrow,
has now become today.
So don’t you sit apon the shore line,
and say you’re satisfied.
Choose the chance to rapids,
and dare to dance the tides.


There is bond to be rough waters,
and i know i’ll take some falls,
with the good lord as my captin,
I can make it through them all!




If it is a wonderful song or a tough quote remember today and tomorrow your life is yours. You are in charge, you are the captain. Set the sails and head out!




So I was 10 maybe twelve not sure but mom really wanted us to watch a movie as a family. The move was “The Ten Commandments“.  The story was about Moses and the Hebrew nations rise from slavery at the hands of the Egyptians. Charlton Heston played an older Moses who was a Hebrew raised as an Egyptian prince. After realizing he was a Hebrew he was able to sympathize with the Hebrew slaves and was then used by the Hebrew God to free the Hebrew people from his brother who was now the Egyptian leader. I remember, seeing chariots, horses the plagues and some crazy cool costumes the women and men wore, but what I remember most about the movie is how long it was and that it felt like every 15 minutes the Egyptian leader  would say “As it is written so shall it be done.” I had no idea what that meant and to be honest it is still kind of confusing.


I like to imagine it means that the leaders word is law. I also like to believe it means that this proclamation will happen. The later of the two ideas I have for the meaning of this part of the movies script speaks much to the resolution and finality of the world we live in.

Things happen everyday. Deep right? It is true work gets done everyday, I mention this to you in hope that you find encouragement. Whatever it is that you are working on and feel stuck will get done, maybe even today. Because, things happen, everyday. I think the decision is not whether or not something will get done it is whether or not you will be the one doing it or more aptly put will you be doing something when it gets done.

How do you do that? Ahh, I am so glad you asked. Simple do something. Crazy right??  Doing something sounds simple but you would be surprised at how many people do nothing and expect to be part of something. For example (and it is a bad example) “I want to win the lottery, but I never buy a ticket.” Another better example would be “I want a better job but never apply for another.” We have our reasons for doing nothing. A lottery ticket seems like a foolish investment, and I kind of like my job. Here’s the deal. Someone will win the lottery and companies are out there hiring people. You just will not be part of that something and it sounds as though you do not wish to be.

The question is which something you want to be part. That is step one (and it is a big one) deciding what you want to be part of. Step two is easy yet necessary, that is do something that makes you part of that. You support some politician (another bad example (I am not a fan of any politician)), stuff some envelopes, organize a local rally. You want a new job, develop a resume, apply call job agencies.

We live in an era where information moves at light speeds and with fast information we have far greater tools to make ourselves part of some of these wonderful things that are happening we just have to do stuff.

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I read an interesting article this morning titled “11 Celebrated Artist Who Didn’t quit Their Day Job”. When you get the chance do yourself a favor and read the article as well (very good piece and short, I like short articles). The article was about some brilliant artists, accomplished artists, published and pretty well known artists who were more than just artists. One of the 11 (no I will not tell), wrote poems, books and had some of his books turned into movies, he also sold cars, for Saab. Another poet worked full time as a publisher list goes on (well for like, 9 more people).  The article got me to thinking about the duality of man and woman. How we can be so much more than our jobs.

It can be easy to pigeon hole someone or yourself. “Hello Jim. What do you do for a living?” When I was younger those words, that phrase, they bugged me. I would make stuff up at the family reunions. “Oh Hi Jim. I sell drugs for a living.” Most of the family members did not appreciate the joke and my mother killed the jokes life by threatening to kill me, but I could feel myself being pigeonholed. Measured and boxed up and I didn’t like it. I suppose a more proper response could have been avoiding the question. “Why hello uncle Jim, so nice to meet you. I am son to Tammy and John. I heard an interesting story about you and cousin Bob involving a bb gun. I had a similar thing happen to me once.” Or I could have attacked it head on “Hello uncle Jim. I am so much more than my profession let me tell you about myself….” I didn’t do that I handled it with my weapon of choice.. humor (albeit bad tasting humor. selling drugs is nothing to joke around about). When I think about the duality of man and women and the multiple talents they employ on a daily basis, two things come to mind.  First it is foolish to define someone by their current career choices and second I can come up with multiple instances beside these 11 were men and women have many talents and use them concurrently.


I began to run through my mental Rolodex to find examples of men and women doing multiple jobs and all I could come up with were individuals I personally knew.  I considered enthralling my one reader  (hello dad) with a personal anecdote, but I had already gave him the one about the family reunion. So, Google search to the rescue! I Googled it and found a gem of a story about 8 celebrities with multiple talents (do yourself another favor and read that story as well (ohh look at that that story is like this one, a wordpress blog, man wordpress is awesome!)).

So many people you know, and many people I know have multiple talents and do many things. We should make an effort to never sell ourselves short. You are more than your day job and I am inclined to believe you can truly do anything

“If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”

― William Arthur Ward

Second, so can I. So next time you see me ask me something about me and not my career.



As a child I would be carted around every summer on all of my moms errands and as a child I was a sponge. I heard and saw all different kinds of places and people and I remember hearing people say things like “well this is how they do this” or, “we will be fine if I don’t do that”.

I remember thinking who is this “we” or the “they” that I heard so much about and I also remember thinking that they must be tired. After getting older graduating from school and entering the work place I realized quickly that the they is really us. In case you couldn’t already tell todays rant has to do with personal responsibility.

Chores at work and home can seem mundane and tiresome but they have to be done. In an office I used to work at a woman had a paper taped to her desk it read like this:

“There were once four brothers: Everyone, Someone, Anyone and Noone. They had a very important task to do. Everyone was sure that Someone will do it. Anyone could have done it, but Noone did it in the end. Someone was angry because it’d have been Everyone’s job. Everyone thought that Anyone could have done it, but Noone realized that Noone will do it in the end. In the end, Everyone was angry at Someone because No one did what Anyone would’ve done.”

I love that paper. I have seen and, shamefully, must admit have been involved in that exact situation before.  Today there will be tasks that you face and although it can be tempting to walk away and let someone handle them I challenge you to see what you can do. Because it is like Christopher Robin told Winnie the Pooh ” You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”  

I am sure whatever task you face you can take care of it and I am also sure that you will feel so good about yourself after you have taken care of it.


I think I should close with the words of a man who has made an impact on the world and continues to make an impact.

We all have hopes. We hope to accomplish something see someone be somewhere and we all if we are lucky will live long enough to see these hopes crushed. We will be disappointed. Life is a struggle.

If life is a struggle, and hope will be lost, why would I call those who live long enough to lose hope lucky? Because, when we lose hope that is given to us, we have the opportunity to make it happen on our own.  Just ask one of the greatest singers ever… “You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.” Diana Ross.

Through hard work blood, sweat and tears, we build our hope and manifest our dreams. When you create your own hopes and dreams you will find that the rewards are immeasurable and the limits are gone. You can truly do anything. Sweat makes a big difference. “Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower will never reach.”

Maybe you have had your hopes destroyed. You might feel like the carpet has been yanked out from under you and the universe conspires against you but all this is just your chance to start sweating.