Blog

3 Keys to Living With Balance and Leading With Impact.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t always got this one right. It took me a few years to structure my life in a way that would help me…

1. Love God more
2. Love my wife better
3. Lead my kids intentionally
4. Take care of my body and mind better
5. Grow and scale my businesses faster
6. Serve my community with greater impact
7. Give my time and money more consistently
8. Just simply lead an all around better life.

Through years of trial and error, trying to balance so many aspects of life and making mistakes along the way, I realized that it is possible to achieve both balance and impact.

There were 3 key realizations I had that helped me make significant strides towards this (although at times I still fail).

Realization #1

The more I tried to please others, the more I said “yes” to things that truly didn’t align with what I needed to do and who I needed to be. Therefore, saying “yes” to those things practically derailed any type of progress I could...

Continue Reading...

How I Read 70 Books in 2017 + 8 Pro Tips To Read More for 2018

leadership life reads Jan 03, 2018

I had a typical goal last year. I wanted to read more... a lot more! I wanted 2017 to be a huge boost in my self development journey, so I did what many people do and headed to Barnes and Nobles Bookstore to look at some books that I could read throughout the year. I pulled out my iPhone, made a new note in my Evernote app entitled "Books to Read in 2017" and started making a list of the books that peaked my interest. My goal was to choose 12 books in the bookstore so that I could read one book per month. I gazed through the many book titles by highly acclaimed authors, I couldn't help but continue to build my list.

My list kept getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger. Finally, I stepped away and found a table nearby and started to go through my long list of books. I was shocked to find that my book tally was well over one hundred! I reminded myself that I could only choose 12 books from the list, and then did that math and figured that at this rate it would take almost 10 years to...

Continue Reading...

The Way You Treat Mondays Will Determine Your Future

leadership life May 01, 2017

The "UGHHH... It's Monday..." attitude is one that plagued me for years of my life. Maybe you have been there, living for the weekend and dreading weekdays. Depending on our circumstances and our season in life, it's almost inevitable that we wake up feeling exhausted, worn out, and wishing we had a three (or maybe 4) day weekend at some point. Unfortunately, those who are "stuck" here consistently may suffer from a discontentment in some area of their lives. Maybe it's the reality that you are waking up to go to a job that you hate, and it's sucking the life right out of you. For everyone who has been here, you know that you need a change. Some of those changes might be hard, uncomfortable, and even risky... but regardless of the change, you know it's needed.

Let me present you with a simple change that anyone can make, and it may just impact the rest of your life.

You see, I'm convinced there are two types of people in this world.

(1) The "IT'S MONDAYYYYY" people. And the...
...

Continue Reading...

The ONE Thing You Must Master To Develop Successful Habits

Think of your favorite athlete. Now think about your favorite musician. How about your favorite businessman, entrepreneur, speaker, writer? Many successful people may have several things in common such as determination, persistence and a hard-work ethic. These traits are good to have but there is one quality that sets these successful people apart from the rest.  I discovered something that is arguably more important. The lazy answer is to say developing successful habits because habits sustain you over a long period of time. Simply stating that it is important to develop successful habits doesn't really mean anything to me. I'm the type of person that asks way too many annoying questions like...

 
  1. How did you develop these successful habits?
  2. When you say successful, what does that mean to you?
  3. By the way, what are these so-called "successful habits"?
  4. How can I apply successful habits to my career?
  5. Out of all your successful habits, which one was the most important?...
Continue Reading...

Life Hack: The 90 Minute Difference That Makes All The Difference

leadership productivity Mar 07, 2017

We live in the technology age where nearly anything can be read, accessed, or learned with the device we hold in our fingertips. Here's one life hack you can use to take MAJOR advantage of it. The average American spends 101 minutes per day in their car. In addition to commuting to work, those who drop their kids off and pick them up everyday may spend more. A few years ago I decided I would take full advantage of this time. Rather than listening to biased media garbage, sports talk radio, or the latest mainstream music... I decided to listen to podcasts and audiobooks. One of the best decisions of my life. I rotate between a few major categories: 1. Spiritual 2. Business/Entrepreneurial 3. Leadership & Productivity 4. Marriage & Family 5. Other self development You're probably wondering just how productive this can be... Well, I never used to track anything, I just developed the habit of going back and forth between podcasts and audiobooks... this year I'm tracking...

Continue Reading...

How To Design The Life of Your Dreams

leadership life Feb 14, 2017

I recently wrote a blog on How To Turn Your Resolutions Into SMARTER Goals to show the clear distinction between making a counterproductive resolutions, setting generic goals, and setting SMARTER goals. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with resolutions or goal setting, but I do have a problem with goal setting that has an extreme lack of details, planning, and accountability. A New Year's resolution, to me, is a baby step in the right direction of goal setting, but they aren't equal. Even goal setting is decent on it's own, but there is something that is much more effective! If everyone did this, it would be an absolute KILLER for New Year's Resolutions. People would have much more clarity in their lives, they would live every single day with more intention, and they would absolutely crush their goals. More dreams would be achieved, more small businesses would thrive, and six-pack abs would be more common among top-performing professionals (that's not a...

Continue Reading...

How to Turn Your Resolutions into SMARTER Goals

Every year, millions of people make New Year resolutions to get into shape, eat healthier, make more money, etc. The concept seems great from the surface, but digging a little deeper it seems that many people are setting themselves up for failure. This doesn't apply to everyone, but it will apply to many of those who have failed a time or two. Statistics show that almost half of those who made a New Year's Resolution, didn't end up keeping it. So are your New Year's Resolutions setting you up for failure? Are you setting SMARTER resolutions and goals? Here are 7 reasons why your resolutions may have already failed.

 

1. They Might Be Too Generic

Making a New Year's resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. Many people go into the new year telling themselves that this is the year that they lose weight, or this is the year that their business will thrive! The problem with this is that many resolutions lack specificity. Rather than saying, "I'm going to...

Continue Reading...

3 Actionable Ways To Achieve Your Life's Purpose

leadership life Jan 05, 2017

You want to be a leader and not a follower. You long for more meaning in your life and for more experiences that will launch you into leadership roles. When you wake up everyday, you want to feel accomplished and feel that you are making a huge difference in the world. Many millennials just like you were born to lead, to create opportunities, and to inspire positive change. There are countless ways to make this possible, but what leads you to action? Where is your value found? And more importantly, what will you contribute to this world? Leaders are not simply born to lead, but developed over a period of time with clear and actionable direction. You may not find this direction immediately, as it may lead to many hours, days and months of digging deep into your soul to extract the purpose and direction for your life. Your journey may end up being a roller coaster filled with many twists and turns, but those who establish a clear direction will go much...

Continue Reading...

How To Outperform Even Your Smartest Competition

Performance is not always measured in how smart you are. It's also measured on how well you communicate, how well you nurture relationships, and how well you respond to certain situations. In other words, performance is measured more by your Emotional Intelligence (EQ) than your Intelligence Quotient (IQ). Let me tell you how your EQ will help you outperform the smartest of your peers. How many times do you truly reflect on yourself? And I mean really digging deep to find out what makes you TICK. How often do you recognize the emotions of others, and what makes THEM tick?

Understanding your EQ (Emotional Intelligence) is a small difference that can make all the difference.

EQ is half about understanding you and half about understanding others. Here are the four parts of EQ: -Self-Awareness (YOU) -Self-Management (YOU) -Social Awareness (OTHERS) -Relationship Management (OTHERS)

Emotions can help you and they can hurt you, but you have no say in the matter until you...

Continue Reading...

3 Principles That Have Changed My Life

leadership life Nov 28, 2016

I have come to realize that three things have really contributed to my goal of progressing myself as a person and businessman. These three things have changed my life. If you haven't done these, you are already behind.

DEFINE YOUR PURPOSE:

“What a different story men would have to tell if only they would adopt a definite purpose, and stand by that purpose until it had time to become an all-consuming obsession.” -Napoleon Hill I clip news articles, read biographies, and watch documentaries on the lives of successful entrepreneurs. What I try to decipher from their individual stories is a common pattern for achievement. What did these people do differently? Were they smarter or better educated? Did they come from high-achieving families? Were they exceptionally gifted or hardworking? The primary characteristic I’ve found in the lives of high achievers is that they had a strong drive to succeed. They had a compelling, personal reason to achieve. It’s what I...

Continue Reading...
Close

50% Complete

Two Step

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.