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Your Big Idea Is Worthless

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I hate to break it to you, but your big idea is worthless.

You know, that idea you’ve had for a book, or business, or product. The one you’ve talked about for years. The one your family/friends/coworkers are sick of hearing about. Yeah, that one.

Now, it’s not worthless because it’s a bad idea. It’s actually pretty cool.

And it’s not worthless because you are incapable of pulling it off. You actually have a decent chance.

It’s worthless because it’s just an idea. Read More



James Bond Drives a Subaru

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When I was in high school I wanted to grow up to be James Bond.

Well, James Bond the businessman: In shape, sharply dressed, and pulling up to meet clients in an exotic sports car.

 Forty-five days ago the last piece of my boyhood dream came true, I bought that car.

The whole experience of buying was incredible and turning heads on Las Vegas Boulevard was even better. This was a reward for my hard work. I had finally made it.

I’ve owned the car for six weeks and it’s been in the shop half the time. Today a tow truck arrived to haul it away yet again. The dealer can’t tell me what is wrong, let alone when my car will return home. Read More


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Trading Awesome for Acceptable

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I have it all figured out. I know the ingredients in the secret sauce.

At least I have it figured out for me anyway. At least for now.

At 40 years old, I finally think I know what is best for me. I have found what seems to work best for my fitness and nutrition. I know what seems to be the best way to protect myself. A few months back, I made a list of skills that I think a human should be able to do. It included things that I am already skilled at, fighting and physical training. It also included things I wanted to learn like playing an instrument and hunting and butchering an animal.

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Overnight Success Isn’t

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It felt like a punch to my gut.

Being told you haven’t put in enough work to be successful is a heart-breaker.  Especially when it’s true …

As a Forging Leaders coach I have a commitment to write articles for the website.  I’ve had some challenges and up till now, none of my work has made the cut.

Each week I meet with Jeremiah (Forging Leaders founder, and my mentor), to review what I’ve written and to get feedback.

At our last meeting Jeremiah gave me critical feedback on a couple articles.  He said I explained too much of the story and left nothing for the reader to figure out.  In his own way, he told me my articles are long and boring and that I needed to start from scratch. Read More


The Three Root Causes of Failure

The Three Root Causes of Failure

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Failure comes in all shapes and sizes.

There are small failures, like the time in college when I had my new girlfriend over for dinner and served her a homemade strawberry milkshake that included chopped up bits of wooden spoon that I accidently blended in. I told her those bits were just strawberry seeds.

And there are big failures, like when I was the President of a mortgage company and lead it into bankruptcy, letting a lot of people down along the way.

But no matter the specifics or scope, all failures are the result of three root causes: lack of strategy, lack of effort, and lack of courage.

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My Box of Needs

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Last Sunday evening, I was getting myself organized for the week. Planning it out, where I needed to go, what I needed to do.

My son said, “Do you have any days free this week?”

“Buddy, probably not,” I told him. “It is pretty full. Why? What do you need?” I won’t lie. I was kind of dreading the answer.

“I just wanted to hang out with you,” he said.

I keep my life pretty full. Between work, CrossFit training and coaching, self-defense classes, combatives classes etc. – my time gets pretty thin. I try to plan time specifically with the family and kids, but I know I am not always successful. Read More



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Our guiding philosophy is that everything is a leadership issue. Our clients learn how get better results in business and in life by focusing on the things they can truly control, their own attitude and actions.

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