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The Power of Enthusiasm

Jun 07, 2020

“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success.  When you do a thing, do it with all your might.  Put your whole soul into it.  Stamp it with your own personality.  Be active, be energetic and faithful and you will accomplish your object.  Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

                                                                                                - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Last year, I attended a concert with my son, Jason to see one of his favorite musical artists, David Gray. 


While not being a particularly big follower of Gray before the event, I left the concert as a huge fan.  Part of that came certainly because of the quality of his...

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Your Eulogy in Three Words

May 31, 2020

“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of.  There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”

                                                                                   - Fred Rogers, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood



Impact.  Whether we know it or not, each one of us has the ability to impact others in profound ways. 


This is usually recognized for those who positively affect the masses through speaking to large audiences, television appearances or internet posts that go viral. 


But most of the time it is done in ordinary ways, by ordinary people.  It comes in our...

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A Lesson Learned from My Camino

May 24, 2020

“Solvitur Ambulando ………………..It is solved by walking.”


                                                                                        - Saint Augustine


June 1, 2020, marks my sixth anniversary of completing one of the most remarkable experiences of my life, when I walked the Camino de Santiago


Popularized in the United States by the movie, The Way, starring Martin Sheen, the Camino, or the Way of St. James is a 500-mile trek across northern Spain which begins in western France, ascends up into the Pyrenees mountains and then descends into Spain for the duration of the journey.


For most who embark upon this journey, it is life changing.  It certainly was for me. ...

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May Your Choices Reflect Your Hopes, Not Your Fears

May 17, 2020

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears”

                                                                                      – Nelson Mandela


I recently watched, for the third or fourth time, the movie Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman and his amazing portrayal of Nelson Mandela. 


The movie chronicles Mandela’s journey after he had been released from a 27-year prison sentence and would then emerge to become president of South Africa, beginning the process of healing...

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Leaders Know the Power of Holding Others Capable

May 10, 2020

“Don’t chase after success, chase after capability.  If you are capable of anything, then success will be chasing you.”

                                                                                                         - Meme


I love the distinction from my good friend, Kelly Anne Zielinski, CEO of Self Leadership Global, often shares, “It is much more effective to hold someone capable, than to hold them accountable.” 


In studying attributes of success in the world of leadership, the concept of accountability is often identified for its importance and effectiveness.  Taking personal accountability for the...

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He Said He Never "Lost" a Match

May 03, 2020

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”

                                                                                        - Scott Fitzgerald


I began my martial arts training when I was a young boy of ten.  As many youngsters, I had heroes that I idolized. 


Unlike many of my friends who admired heroes from more traditional sports like football, basketball and baseball, my heroes came from the world of martial arts.  Names like World Kickboxing Champions, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace (who would later become my instructor), Joe Lewis and Jeff Smith (both of who I would also later get the opportunity to train with) were who I held in the highest of esteem. 


And of course, there was Chuck...

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Leaders Know We Are Never Too Old to Learn or Too Young to Teach

Apr 26, 2020

“Commit yourself to life-long learning.  The most valuable asset you’ll ever have is your mind and what you put into it.”

                                                                                                   - Brian Tracy


While our current state of home-confinement has curtailed many of the activities we are used to engaging in, what it has afforded many of us is the opportunity to slow down.


This decrease in the pace of our regular routines can provide us time to take a pause and evaluate where we have been, where we are going and where we might learn and grow, both personally and professionally, to be our best selves.


In saying this, I am reminded of a conference...

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Self-Care: The Often Forgotten Quality of Leadership

Apr 19, 2020

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”

                                                                                     – Jean Shinoda Bolen


During many of these blog posts, I have discussed the importance of being of service to living a an impactful and fulfilling life.  Specifically, when one combines what they love doing, with what they are great at and with that, provide a high degree of service to others, a recipe for a truly Championship Life can be realized. 


However, while doing acts of service is an integral part of experiencing happiness and fulfillment in our lives, who is the one person we tend to take care of...

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The 3 Abilities of Leadership

Apr 12, 2020

“The moment you take Responsibility for everything in your life, is the moment you can change Anything in your life.”

                                                                                                                   - Hal Elrod


As a speaker, I am honored each year to share my Mind of a Champion message with wide variety of audiences.  Groups range from elementary school children all the way to corporate leaders. 


While it does take a diverse set of skills and strategies to be able to communicate with, and hold the attention of audiences of such a wide range, I believe that we are “all big kids anyway” and as a result the essence of...

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3 Keys to Finding Clarity and Purpose in Uncertain Times

Apr 05, 2020

“When [what you are deeply passionate about, what you can be best in the world at and what drives your economic engine] come together, not only does your work move toward greatness, but so does your life. For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life.”

                                                                                                - Jim Collins, author, Good to Great


In this current time of quarantine, social distancing and uncertainty, if you’re like me, you may be taking some time to reflect on where you have been and what direction you would like to go in this new world.


Recently, I was...

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