March 28, 2016

Beware the Dangers of Quick Riches

In one of the pillars of success literature, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill states, “Quick riches are more dangerous than poverty.” Perhaps that’s why, according to the New York Daily News, almost 70% of lottery winners end up broke within 7 years. I can tell you whose fault it isn’t: the money. Money doesn’t make you broke. I know many people with a good amount of it, and they’ve managed to not only keep from going broke, but to grow that money, to invest and give generously, to do great things with that tool. One pretty crucial difference between […]
March 14, 2016

3 Lessons I Learned From a Mentor Just This Morning

This morning I sat at Frothy Monkey, a cozy little coffee shop in downtown Franklin, TN, and spoke with a man about 25 years my senior. Kent has a demeanor that I envy. He has a contentment and calm gentleness that I’d love to emulate. He is sincerely interested in who you are, and commands a genuineness that is rare these days. Interestingly, Kent is a highly successful businessman, despite not being the hard-edged shark that we like to envision. He’s enjoyed some good runs and also been humbled a time or two, and was gracious enough to sit with […]
March 9, 2016
Denver, USA - JANUARY 19: Denver Broncos vs New England Patriots AFC Championship at Sports Authority Field. The Denver Broncos defeat the New England Patriots. Peyton Manning celebrates after the win. (Photo by Anthony J. Causi)

What Can Peyton Manning Teach You About the Present?

The core belief of this blog is that life is a gift, that your time is a precious asset and that you therefore ought to be a purposeful steward of such a scarce and valuable resource. That is why I push myself toward excellence. That is why I want to push you toward excellence. That is why I hunger to grow, to rise to whatever version of greatness is available to me. In a word: stewardship. Tantamount to true stewardship is gratitude along the journey—not just once you arrive at the destination, but at many points along the way. If […]
March 7, 2016

How I Missed Out On 4 Years of My Life

I left Love and Theft in 2010 and walked straight out of a living daydream and into a cloud of uncertainty. Not long before I had purchased a new house in a wonderful area in Nashville called Hillsboro Village, and my wife Kelly and I, newly married, lived there with our baby boy Oliver and a cat named Paul. With that career move (that’s a pretty generous term) came a significant pay cut, so we moved out of that house and into a rental on the west side of town, an old 60’s built ranch home on the side of […]
January 25, 2016
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Getting team V Fit to fight (literally), the 30th Force Support Squadron offers a challenging boxing workout on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5-7 p.m. with boxing coach Don Green. For more information, call the Vandenberg Fitness Center at 606-3832. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kerelin Molina)

4 Ways to Combat the Comparison Trap Before it Kills Your Mindset

In my previous post, I talked about the dangers of the Comparison Trap. Comparing yourself, your circumstances or your accomplishments to other people robs you of gratitude, diminishes your perceived value and that of your actions, and places you in a victim mindset. I didn’t want to leave you hanging after delivering such a cautionary message. So here are a few strategies that we can use to combat this trap and continue taking powerful action from a sound mindset. Celebrate your own victories Take the time to celebrate your victories, however large or small. No, I may not accomplish the […]