July 11, 2016
What I Chick-Fil-A Taught Me About Excellence

What Chick-Fil-A Taught Me About Excellence

I’m sitting at a Chick-Fil-A having my mind blown. They are proving to me that you can take whatever it is that you’re doing—in this case, fast food—and find purposeful ways to improve the experience of those whom you’re serving, that you can pursue excellence in any setting, however glamorous it may or may not be. The young guy who took my order—I’m almost positive that he can’t legally drive yet—looked me in the eye, made me feel welcome, and asked me unprompted and very sincerely how my day has been so far. I could hear that he was speaking […]
February 3, 2016
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What My 4-Year-Old Taught Me About Work

I’ve recently gotten into woodworking. Nothing fancy, mind you, but I built a decent dining room table, a cool shelf, and now I’m working on a coffee table. We have a bit of a ritual: I head out into the garage to do a little work, and my two sons come out with me. They play with baseball bats or they swing on my weight rack, or they ride scooters around the garage, or they grab my tools and put them somewhere where I can’t find them later. A couple days ago, during this ritual, my 4-year-old asked me if […]
January 27, 2016
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Why I’m Experimenting With Affirmations and Big Goals

I’m conducting a little experiment and I’d love for you to try it with me. I recruited my very amicable wife to join me as well. (She’s a really good sport and commendably open-minded.) I recently listened to one of my favorite podcast episodes in a long time. It was Tim Ferriss’ interview with Scott Adams of Dilbert fame. (He has a really cool blog of his own actually. Very sharp guy!) Now, I’ll begin by admitting that I went through a period of time where I read Dilbert avidly, and there’s certainly an element of fandom to my enjoyment, but […]
January 13, 2016
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How to Get a Record Deal in 5 Easy Steps

I got a record deal. I did! I did it. I dreamed about it, cried about it, prayed about it and obsessed over it for over a decade, and then… I got one. I’m not going to downplay my experience, because it was awesome. I got to do things that many a 15-year-old daydreams about. When I reflect back on that process, I realize that there are principles that can be applied to the building of any business, to the building of any significant project that is worth conquering, to the accomplishment of any worthy goal. So you’re ready to take […]
January 6, 2016
We all have rough days--the most successful leaders, entrepreneurs and business people learn how to be proactive in combating the doldrums.

5 Ways to Snap Out of a Bad Day

So you’re not on your A-game today, huh? It’s hard coming back from a holiday; instead of feeling rested you just feel fried (and perhaps broke), your kids woke you up like 5 times last night, your spouse doesn’t seem to appreciate how hard you work, or it just seems like your work is in vain. The reality is, not every day is going to be your best. Every day can’t be your birthday, and you accepted that many years ago. Now accept that on some days, you’re going to wake up at 5am with your sneakers already tied, run […]
December 2, 2015
Where there is no vision, the people perish, says an ancient Biblical text. Vision is crucial to the achievement of any worthy goal, whether you're an entrepreneur or small business person, blogger or athlete, anyone aspiring to leadership needs vision for success.

Do You Have Vision?

First of all, if you’re not a sports fan, just hang in there with me for a moment, we’ll get to the point, I promise. I was watching Monday Night Football on… well, Monday night. I’m sure many of you got to watch the same circus act that I did. Somehow, the Cleveland Browns managed to snatch the game from the jaws of victory, conserving their precious culture of having no vision and borderline refusing to win. A quick summary, for those who missed it: with only a few seconds to go and the score tied up, all the Browns had […]