A great reminder to go after what you love…at any age.
I’m not an emotional person, but I about broke down this Saturday when the referee held my hand up and my name was announced as the winner of the fight. This was a very important moment for me and had been building up for some time. I’m writing about it on my music blog because a large portion of the lyrics for my new tape “God’s Creatures” were inspired by this exact journey.
A year ago exactly I was still living in New York City and was on my daily run. While running I pondered a question that has often bothered me. I have always wondered, what would life be like had I not followed my passion of music as far as I have? I always came back to this question and almost every time I arrived at the same conclusion: I probably would have gotten involved in mixed martial arts.
I grew up…
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Some interesting points to think about…
I have always been fascinated with social experiments. Be it the psychologist in me, but human behavior is intriguing. As I’ve written before, I believe we are intelligently designed. I believe our designer (God) created us to be in spiritual union with Him. However, I find it difficult in this society at times to “Silence the Other People” so that were able to hear our “Spirit Guide”. So much bombards us in a day, from the media to our co-workers, family and friends. Everyone seems to have an opinion on your life and the choices you make. Although, I am not implying that it is unhealthy to have positive people who are able to provide us with guidance from time to time; what I am saying is that we must be careful that “people guided” is not louder than “spirit guided”. There are sometimes in life when the choices you…
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Good mangers manage processes, while Great managers lead people. I have a saying I like to throw around and that is, “Companies(buildings) don’t run themselves.” It takes people working together to build a great company. People can make or break a business…daily.
Have you ever arrived at where you were going, when you never had a destination in the first place? What about getting to that same place, for the first time, without a map? That is precisely why companies have vision and mission statements. They also have an assortment of goals that keep them on the road(mission) to success(vision).
Those things are definitely needed for a company to become great. It is also highly recommended that current and potential clients be given first class treatment. You want them coming back and they are your biggest advertisers.
It is great to want to put the customers/clients first, but if your team is not happy, then you are not growing(in a healthy way). Sure, a company can grow, but the turnover will be higher, if the employees are not put first. Happy employees make for happier customers.
As a manager you need to control the processes, while tactfully leading your employees. They need to know you have their back, or a time will come when you need them to have yours and they will not be there. Employees are like plants that need to be nurtured. They also need breathing room and the ability to grow. Some need more attention than others. There needs to be a balance of positive feedback and constructive criticism.
There are some employees that are like loyal dogs. You can beat them daily and they keep coming back. Sometimes it is because the money is too good and other times it is because they cannot get another job…right now. The days of “old school” management are over. People want to be treated better than fair, whether customer or employee.
If you want to have a chance at becoming great, then you have to be great to those that work under you. Remember their birthdays. Throw them “thank you” lunches or parties. Have an “employee of the week” award. Walk by and shake their hand for a job well done. Thank them for a great idea. Admit when you are wrong. Laugh, or at the very least, smile more. BUT…more than anything, show them you care. And before you know it, you will have a company on its way to becoming great!
Best of luck!!
And like Zig Ziglar used to say, “I’ll see you at the top!”
It was thirty-eight years ago on this day, that into this world I made my way (With a little help). Born into a family I did not know, only to be loved so I would not go. They gave me two brothers who beat me in sports, for which later I beat them to which neither reports. I cannot complain about my life, for which there has been more blessing than strife. I have met some wonderful people on this road, who have definitely lightened up my load. The one beautiful friend who said, “I do” amazed me even more by giving me two. These sons, who look to me as their hero, bring joy to my life when I feel like a zero. And to end this story, I want to thank the One, who saved me long ago through His Son. Without Him I would not be as strong and without Him this poem would not be as long. 🙂
Thank you to all who took part in this day of wishing me a very happy birthday.
May each and every one of you know that you are remembered.
Thank you for allowing me to be part of your life.
What is one of the first things we do when we get out of bed? Yes…we head towards the bathroom, but what is one of the main things we do once we are in the bathroom? It has to do with a mirror. Yes, that’s right. We look at ourselves. And why do you suppose that is? Are we hoping to have perfect hair? What about sleep lines from our pillows? Are we hoping those don’t show up?
I think the answer lies much deeper and truer than those questions ask. I think we are hoping to see someone amazing. We are hoping that today picks up where yesterday left off (if yesterday was a great day). Or we are hoping that today is completely different and altogether better. Either way, we want today to be great. And most likely we want to be a factor in its greatness.
Whether we admit it or not, each of us wants to be great. We want to know our lives matter or make a difference. Life has a way of bringing us back to an all too common reality. My question though is this, “Is reality real?” If we wake up everyday hoping today is the day where we succeed, win, achieve more or whatever your goal might be, then doesn’t it make sense that we were made for more…?
Why do some people impact the world at such a young age and others do not? Could it be our drive? I wouldn’t put money on that one. What about our personality type? Maybe, but I would hold out for something else.
If I had to take an educated guess I would say passion. And then, what is our “Why”. If you believe in something with every fiber of your being and have a reason for it coming to fruition, then and only then can you make it happen. Nothing happens without action. Where there is no belief and action…dreams do not become reality.
Bruce Lee changed martial arts forever, because of his belief in a better fighting philosophy. Jesus Christ changed the world, because of his love for humanity. Both died before they saw the age of 35! There is still time for you to realize your dreams and become the person you were created to be.
From now on, when you get out of bed trust yourself to who you want to be and not who you might currently think you are. Surround yourself with positive people. Read books and magazines that inspire you. Keep learning and growing. Always be a student and self educate yourself. Exercise your body and brain. Create something new. Go somewhere new. Try something new.
But most of all…Stop fighting your current fear of greatness and who you were really meant to be. Dare yourself to fail. Learn from your mistakes and press on. We are waiting for you to change the world!
When you hear the word “Family” what images or thoughts are brought to mind?
Everyone has experienced “Family” in different ways. Some of us have come from big traditional families and others of us have come from small non-traditional families. We may be related by blood, contract or love. Each of us have a different idea of what a family is. Even brothers and sisters, who have grown up in the same family, can have differing opinions of what a family constitutes.
No matter what someone else thinks a family is, you know what it is to you. The point I want to drive home is that when you make up your mind of what a family looks like, then spend the rest of your life designing your family to the best of your abilities. Put everything you have into it.
Will there be times when that perfect picture cracks, splits, or even brakes? Yes. That does not mean it is over. Anything in life that could be beautiful is worth going after. Worth building…Worth rebuilding. I would really like to tell you to just put more love into it, but we all know what that means…. Absolutely different things to everyone. Love…more than a feeling…is really an action.
I can attest to that and I am sure many of you can too. There are times, days, weeks and even months where we do not “feel” love. Love is an action and every time we decide to do something for someone, because it is the right thing, then we are putting love into action. By showing or doing love, we are that much closer do designing the family we want.
You can’t lose weight by sitting in a chair and eating your favorite foods in large consumptions. You can’t have your dream job, if you don’t put in an application and develop the skills needed. You can’t write your first book, by watching videos, reading how-to-books, and buying blank journals, only to watch the blank journals pile up, beside the books and videos. Wishing and dreaming are fun, but they don’t get anything accomplished without action.
Family falls into that same thought process. We have to continually work…and I mean WORK…at what we want to come from our family. Life will throw you lemons, curve balls, and straight crap, but we have to know it is coming and react to it with a prepared mind. Easier said than done? Absolutely! Life is not about “Easy”. Life is about “Learning”. Learn from your mistakes. Learn from others’ mistakes. Learn from your successes, as well as, others’ too. Then, pass those same thoughts, morals, and traditions onto those you love…your family. And watch how they respond and possibly even change it as they grow.
Whatever you do, just don’t forget to be there for your family. When everyone else is gone and the toys have lost their appeal, just remember that your family is there waiting for you.
Love to Live and Learn to Laugh….and in the middle you have Live and Learn