If I ask audience members to choose their preference between two words, UP and DOWN, the vast majority choose UP. We like to be up. We like the stock market to be up. We like our energy to be up. So, with that thought, here are what I consider the 5 ups that go a long way toward a life of success and fulfillment.
#1. Get UP. Sleep is a critical component of a healthy and successful life. A good night’s sleep is similar to taking your automobile in for a tune up. And, isn’t the feeling of picking up your car following a tune up great? All those little running- rough edges have been smoothed out. That engine is purring again and you feel great driving your car. Read More
As the son of a coach, and a former professional athlete, I learned early that accomplishing things usually required paying a price, and that price was painful. With that said, I’d like to comment on my recent experience with my wonderful dentist, Casey Dangle.
The words “root canal” are usually enough to inject immediate fear directly into the heart of the listener. It is one of those health stories we tell our friends that makes their faces turn ghostly white. Well, let me say that my recent experience with having a root canal procedure completed was about as painful as trimming your fingernails. Even the shots that they used to numb my mouth were relatively painless after my mouth after my gum was swabbed with some kind of surface pain killer. I actually fell asleep in the chair during the procedure. Read More
I don’t read a great deal of poetry, and yet my mother loved and knew so many wonderful verses. So, recently, my good friend and world class artist David LaMure Jr. sent me some inspirational poetry from David Whyte… The following is from one of his poems.
“Find your true inheritance…start close in…don’t take the second step or the third…start with the first thing…close in…the step you don’t want to take…don’t take the second step or the third..start with the first thing…close in…the step you don’t want to take..start with the ground you know…the pale ground beneath your feet…start with your own questions…give up on other people’s questions…don’t let them Read More
“When I was a kid and a teenager, I always wanted to be just like my Dad. He could do it all! He was a great athlete, an accomplished hunter, he was an MDRT qualifier in his first year in the business and every year following, totaling 43 years. He has made Top of the Table the last four out of five years. He could motivate me to take the hill at any moment. He truly follows Christ in his daily life and has served in community organizations giving back for over 30 years. I tell you this because there are few people that can measure up to my father, not necessarily because of his accolades, but simply because of his daily living of the Golden Rule. I realize more each day how hard it can be at times to be what we should be. I can say without hesitation that you are one of the very few who can measure up in my eyes to someone like my father. You cause me to look internally with comments like, “You can never underestimate the influence you have on the people you lead”, or “Life is about being all you can be, not about being better than someone else.” As we all know, we face adversity in life. It is at these times I pull from those who have coached me and influenced my life. Again, you are one of these people. Thank you for spending the time and energy that I know it takes to effectively coach me. You keep charging on purpose!”
“If you were to Google the word “success,” you would find approximately 465,000,000 results. To explore them all, it would take 442 years, assuming you could read one every 30 seconds. This begs the question… “Where does one begin?” I have been in business for almost 20 years. I have been fortunate to have worked with some of the most affluent and talented professionals in the country. I have listened to the most inspirational motivational speakers and performance psychologists. I have studied with experts on personal development and sales building. I have given seminars in front of thousands and shared the main platform with speakers such as President George Bush and Steven Covey. I will share this with you… there is nobody on this planet that I would be more fearful of speaking AFTER than John Wright. John is one of the most sought after consultants in business today, for many reasons. First, John understands the difference between thinking and doing. I cannot begin to explain how important this is to anyone who is trying to improve, or trying to help others improve. Secondly, John has a unique ability to extract a person’s true potential. I do not remember a single experience after spending time with him that I did not want to become better in some area of my life. Finally, John Wright is simply a winner. He has succeeded at every level throughout his life. He has excelled in college athletics at the University of Illinois, as a professional football player for the Detroit Lions, and as a Managing Partner for Northwestern Mutual (one of the most prestigious firms in the world.) John has also excelled in things I believe to be much more important… as a husband, father and a grandfather. My favorite characteristic of John is that he is a man of Faith, whose philosophies are grounded in something bigger than himself. Ask yourself this question… “If I had to choose to receive business and personal counsel from only one person for the rest of my career…”
Not many people can say with humble confidence that they have changed the lives of literally thousands, but you have. It’s a legacy, your legacy of serving others with life changing wisdom. Your impact will continue to grow and shape the lives of so many people. You really will never know exactly how big it is. But there is one thing you must know without a doubt; I’m a better husband, a better father and a better person because of the investment that you have made in me and in our friendship. Thank you.
“Last night at cocktail hour and over dinner it became clear how big an impact you made on the team yesterday. The group was electrified by your message and the delivery. You truly had everyone “shocked and awed.” A ton of ideas were being thrown around about how to execute on the concepts you shared. My focus now is on reinforcement which won’t be too hard, considering I absolutely believe the information, specifically around the Power of Full Engagement, is fundamental to high performance.”
Congratulations! It doesn’t seem possible that you would be retiring as Managing Partner already. I congratulate you on a fabulous career and the difference you have made in the lives of so many people over the years. It is nice to see you continuing to stay active and positively influencing other people with your coaching and management skills.
“Thank you again for your incredible generosity prior to the NCAA championship. Obviously, your words of wisdom and tremendous hospitality set the tone for a great championship run.”
“First and foremost is to thank you both for one of the “Top Ten” experiences of my 25 year career with Northwestern Mutual. The food, the fun the coaching – all exceptional.”