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Failure: The Great Teacher?

 

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Picture this…Circa 2000. I’ve failed many times in my life. I’ve also had many successes. Both extremes have been part of my life. “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”, I have lived through both.

While victory and success have driven me forward to do greater things, I’ve probably learned more from failure. That’s because long ago, I decided to let failure be my life coach, inviting it to teach me what I REALLY needed to know.

Along the way, I decided that I...

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Are You All In?

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On February 5, 2012 the New York Football Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI by the score of 21–17. The game was played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the first time that the Super Bowl was played in the state of Indiana. Just another Super Bowl? Perhaps. But maybe, just maybe there was something special about this game and its champion. You see the Giants didn’t have a particularly awe inspiring season. Yes it was their fourth Super Bowl in team...

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Are You a Looker?

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Back in October of 2011 my 16 year old son Jordan asked me if I would take him driving. Normally I would have taken him to a big open lot near our home but because our house had been destroyed by Hurricane Irene we found ourselves in the parking lot of a local corporation. Furthermore we would have normally used my daughter’s toy car, a 2001 Toyota Corolla, but since she was out we took my leased car.

As he drove several times around the lot I was very relaxed…he was doing a good job....

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A World Serious Victory

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With one swing of the bat, New York Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez changed the complexion of the entire 1998 World Series against the San Diego Padres. Clearly, this was one of the most exciting games the Series has ever produced, and to have it occur in New York made it even bigger.

I have been a big Yankee fan since I was about 10. Quite frankly, the Yankees were the first thing I ever really locked onto. During a difficult childhood in which I had no self-esteem or...

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A Hand

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Circa 2014. Recently I was speaking with a 48 year old friend of mine who was the victim of a corporate downsizing a few months prior. During his “downtime” he was exploring what his next steps should be. He shared with me that during this time his son-in-law had injured his shoulder and since he was a foreman at a construction site this was going to seriously impact his ability to perform his job. My friend offered to step in by literally lending a hand. This meant...

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“Coffee!”

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Circa 1998. I had a friend who was under the impression that he was a good boss. He believed he spoke in the right tone and treated those under him with respect. NOT!

In reality, he was the type of guy that would bark requests at his secretary. For example, when he asked her to get him a cup of coffee, he thought he was being very polite. But what came out of his mouth was simply a gruff, “COFFEE!” 

Sometimes we don’t see ourselves as we really are. It’s like we...

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Would You Hire You?

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Circa 2011. Jim was a friend. A lazy friend. One day Jim, who use to work for me, came by the office to pay a visit. You see Jim was a nice guy, just lazy. (Did I point that out already?) On this particular visit we were talking about the state of my company and I mentioned how I really needed one more salesperson. After a few seconds he said, "Why don't you hire me?" Once the shock of what he said wore off I decided to ask him one simple question, "Would you hire you?"...

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Legacy in the Attic

For a few years my wife had been on me to clean up the attic. Now I am a very organized guy but I view the attic as a place where old memories retire and disturbing that hallowed place did not seem to be a something that I wanted to do much less a priority. Bottom line…I wanted my past to continue to be a part of my life. However, one day, in a moment of obvious weakness, my wife asked me once more to clean the attic and I finally agreed.


As I began to wade through the cobwebs and...

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The Lawn Legacy

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One day I was driving when on the radio I heard the hosts talking about crazy things people do. A caller started to tell the host that a friend of his is so looney about his lawn that before people leave a party at his house he begins to rake the foot prints his guests left behind! Funny but this didn’t sound abnormal to me. The caller went on to say “Yeah my friend, Joe, sure loves his lawn!” Gasp! Could they have been speaking about me? As the caller kept talking I...

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The Order

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Circa 1980. Many years ago I had a friend who was working on a construction site as a gopher (someone who does the dirty work.) One day the boss asked him to go to Burger King and gave him a piece of paper with the order on it. My friend, who was a boy at the time, rushed to BK, placed the order and brought it back to the site promptly. The rest of the crew was working inside and wondering where the kid was with their lunch. The boss finally had enough and headed outside....

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