Count the Passes

on Monday, February 04, 2013 | Category: General

Before you read anything further, please stop and watch the 1:22 minute video called “Selective Attention Test.” You will be asked to count the number of times that the people in white t-shirts pass the ball to each other. In order to make it more difficult, there are three other people in black t-shirts moving in random patterns, weaving in and out of the team in white tees. OK, stop and watch the video.

Dare to Dream

on Monday, January 21, 2013 | Category: General

My young friend, Garret Ellis, posted this on Facebook today:


MLK Day makes me reflect more than most holidays. Love this quote...

“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

- Martin Luther King Jr.


Here is a re-post of “Dare to Dream” from 2013:

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  His “I Have a Dream” speech continues to inspire people of all races even 49 years after he gave his dramatic oratory.  In fact, it so inspired me that I referenced it as the first TRINSPIRATION™ in my book, Recognize Your SignificanceTalk about someone making a “significant” impact on society.  I include the TRINSPIRATION™ here for your inspiration and motivation.

Shake It Up

on Thursday, January 17, 2013 | Category: General

January 17, 1994 Valerie and I were sleeping peacefully in our four bedroom West Hills house when at 4:20AM we were violently awakened with the force of a 6.7 earthquake…the likes of which I have never felt before or since. Our three children were fast asleep in their bedrooms and the two older ones had friends sleeping over. It felt like someone had picked up our little 1570 square foot Mid-Century home and was shaking it like you would shake out the dirt in a floor mat. We couldn’t stand upright to get to the kids so we crawled on our hands and knees, getting rug burns in the process. I’m not complaining as 60 people lost their lives in what later came to be called The Northridge Earthquake. Rug burns are nothing compared to loss of life.

Build Your Platform

on Thursday, January 10, 2013 | Category: General

I really enjoy social media because of the connections you can make and the information you can glean from it. At the beginning of the week, I came across New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and popular blogger Michael Hyatt on Twitter. Captured by his story of previously being the CEO of Thomas Nelson publishers to successfully transitioning as an author in his own right, I had to read his book, Platform Get Noticed in a Noisy World—A Step-by-Step Guide for Anyone with Something to Say or Sell. Since I have something to say…and sell, I dove right in to reading it. Before you X out of reading this blog, let me emphasize that EVERYONE is in sales. If you are an awkward teenager wanting to ask out the pretty girl who sits in front of you in biology class, you are definitely in sales. And son, you definitely need a platform if you want her to say, “Yes,” to a date with you. My wife who is a college counselor is selling her students on choosing the right college and their parents that she is knowledgeable enough to help them make that decision. The larger her platform, the more confident the parents and students will be in listening to her advice. Again, everyone is in sales, so I believe everyone can benefit from Hyatt’s book and I’ve only finished the Introduction. But here’s what I learned so far:


1.    The competition has never been greater. (Especially from the captain of the football team who also wants to ask out that cute girl in biology class).

2.    People are more distracted than ever. (Just ask my children who’ve tagged me a PDA—hole for spending too much time surfing the net on my smart/dumb phone).


See the Reaching

on Monday, January 07, 2013 | Category: General

Before the holidays, we lost a legend and a one-of-a-kind in Zig Ziglar. Zig was the quintessential motivational speaker. His words will stand the test of time. He’s famous for saying, “You need a check-up from the neck up to avoid stinkin’ thinkin’ and hardening of the attitudes.” Most recently I received a video from my friend and coach, Tom Ferry who passed along another Zig-ism that I had not heard before. This one quoted Zig as saying, “If you want to reach a goal, you must ‘see the reaching’ in your mind before you actually arrive.” Immediately I gravitated to this quote because of the TRINSPIRATION™ phrase that is embedded right in the middle of it—“See the reaching.”

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If there is a secret to success, it just might be little things done well.
John Wooden

On page 90-91 of Recognize Your Significance "Play Your Game"

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