I find myself attracted to figures in life that are inspirational.  Sometimes it’s funny or silly and sometimes it’s real.  But I keep going back to it because it speaks to me on volume 10 out of 10.

I guess the reason I have such little interest in politics is there is such a void of real inspiration.  It’s a lot of canned crap.  Rehearsed and re-rehearsed messages that are constructed to serve those that pay for them.  Pretty lame in the overall scheme of “what is great in life” or “stuff that gets you juiced”.  Important issues that get melted into “what serves who” the best at the time.  It’s really unfortunate.

So let’s turn to Dabo Sweeney, Head Coach at University of Clemson Football.  I’ve always found Dabo to be a bit “clownish” but the more I see from him the more I can sense he is growing and developing as a person.  He is genuine.  He is fun.  He is not polished.  He is authentic.  And I love it………  And when I watch sports coaches I often get “juiced up” or “inspired” because so much of what they do and say is filled with passion and spontaneous enthusiasm.

So let’s rewind to the post game IMMEDIATELY after Clemson beat Notre Dame 3 months ago and the reporters and fans rush the field and there is a sea of humanity and they stick the microphone in front of Dabo to get his immediate comments on a 2 point win at the buzzer………you talk about inspirational……..for those that heard this interview it never gets old…for those that haven’t……read on and then immediately check it out for yourself by clicking on the link at the end of the page. (It’s worth sitting through the ten second ad to watch!)

“I can give you uniforms, and meals, and we can give you scholarships, but I can’t give you guts……and tonight it was BYOG, Bring your own guts”

I can hardly watch it without either smiling, thinking about how those kids were inspired to do something special and/or laughing because it is just so genuine.  And I find myself walking around the house some days when I want to get pumped up and just yelling out randomly “BYOG Bring your own guts”….I really do.  At the top of my lungs.  YELLING IT……why?  Cause it’s fun.  And it does something to me that gets me into a state that is higher than before I said it.  I highly recommend it if you aren’t feeling your best.  Watch it, repeat it, and yell it.  And then tell me it doesn’t immediately lighten your spirits or inspire you.

I guess that’s why I always go sport over politics.  Even though it doesn’t feel right and a “game” is so inconsequential in comparison to world issues.  But sports keeps drawing me in.  Passion, enthusiasm, emotion, something real.

I wish Dabo or someone worth watching would become a politician.  Nothing would be better than him telling some talking heads to “BYOG”.  America would be talking about it and the platform for inspiration would be well served.

Are you “inspired” by any of the 15 or so politicians we have seen in this Presidential run?  Isn’t that one of the top things we are looking for?  It’s kind of sad we can’t find one.



Do you “get to” or Do you “got to”?

Full disclosure – my friend Eric Thomas spoke about this last Wednesday and it was so good I had to blog about it this week.

Think about the difference in one letter and how it effects your entire outlook on life.

Case in point – I GET to vs I GOT to.

I got to go to the grocery store. I got to iron my kid’s clothes. I got to go to this dinner thing.

I GET to go to the grocery store. I GET to iron my kid’s clothes. I GET to go to this cool dinner thing.

Everything we GET to do is a privilege, an experience and something to be thankful for. Even the smallest, most mundane things. I GET to go and workout. I GET to try and make my connecting flight.

Get to vs. Got to.

That simple letter changes how you think, how you approach things, how other people perceive you and it’s nothing other than a very, very simple choice.

As a kid in school, I learned “I before E except after C”……….  As an adult I am coining my own phrase “E instead of O always and never let that go”.

As I head into this upcoming week, and the beginning of this new year, here are some of my “Get to’s”:

I get to continue to work on mastering my golf swing. I get to help lead and innovate for 1400 people at our company. I get to continue to recruit great talent. I get to collaborate with CEOs and visionaries from other companies to learn from them. I get to go through security at an airport to take a great trip with my friends and family.

The power of your mindset is invaluable. Think about all the great things you might have once viewed as a pain or inconvenience and instead view them from now on as a privilege.

Enjoy your Sunday!

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Happy Holidays!! And Happy Wednesday………

If you are like me (and I don’t wish that on anyone), you are wanting to feel productive today after a 3 day-binge-eating-festive weekend.

Here are my top 4 things you can do today to make yourself feel productive and finish the week right…….(if you do 2 of them you get an A+).

1. Find 5 things in your house you don’t use anymore and put in a bag and take to Salvation Army. People less fortunate need it.

2.   Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, find an issue that is on “the other side” and seek to understand “the other” point of view. Makes you more empathetic and well rounded.

3.   Write down your top 3 goals on a piece of paper and laminate it tomorrow at the office. Make it pocket size so you can carry it around every day of 2016.

4. Add 2 new apps to your phone today. Here are my top recommendations:
Evernote: Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app. Evernote can be used simply as a note taking app, it will also let you sync files across devices, among other things.
Dropbox: Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have. You can sync it to your laptop and other tablet type devices as well.

Ok, that’s it. Short and sweet. Holiday style.

Have a great Wednesday and here’s to a great 2016!