Seven Lessons I Learned From My Son at the Gym

I’ve been on a personal health quest over the last few months, proactively taking control of what I’m eating and the quality and frequency of the physical exercise I get. The results are clear. I’ve lost over 20 pounds, had to buy a new belt, and had to buy some new clothes. I have a lot more progress to make, but it’s been a very encouraging, if somewhat challenging experience.

Athletes Exercising At gym

I’ve tried to take control of my health in the past, and frankly didn’t have a great deal of success, at least not long-term. This time, I decided to try something different: I have enlisted an accountability partner that I absolutely don’t want to disappoint. That accountability partner is my son, Sean Edwards

How to Thrive In a Turbulent Economy

Yes, there is chaos in the marketplace. The economy can be described as turbulent.  But that doesn’t matter.

Powerful Tornado

There is no reason for you, my entrepreneurial friend, to fear the storm. Bedrock principles will keep you on course. Here are seven keys to thriving even in a turbulent economy…

  1. Faith. You will receive what you believe. Carefully guard where you are placing your faith. It makes a difference.
  2. Foundations. Most people crumble when their core values are challenged-because they never made those values a conscious decision.  Most of us simply inherit our values and beliefs from our family and friends. Make yours a choice. Don’t just know what you believe, know why you believe it.
  3. Family. After your connection to your Creator, the most important link to your ultimate success is your family. Even if you have no family, as it is traditionally understood.
  4. Friends. How you relate to friends-even how you define that word-is of vital importance to how effective you will be in the world. Especially in the world of business.
  5. Focus. What you focus on expands. If your constant focus is on the negativity and the chaos of the environment around you, expect to see more of the same. Take responsibility for what goes on inside your head.
  6. Finances. Business is a game won (or lost) by the numbers. The rules are simple: make money, save money, spend as little as possible.
  7. Fun. Make it a goal to be more joyful than all of your companions. Joy is magnetic, and draws people to you. It has the added benefit of drawing cheerful people to you, helping eliminate the “Eeyore Factor” from your life.

More Information, Better Decisions?

Years ago I took a job in a large radio market, as the Program Director of the most successful radio station in the city. In less than three weeks, I knew the job was a mistake.

Man looks up contemplating

The business was dysfunctional, because the person who hired me was mentally ill. He was a psychological maelstrom, and inexorably pulled everyone and everything around him into the battles that raged inside his own besieged mind. He was both hated and feared by his staff.

Clean up Your Messes

Every “mess” in your life creates additional stress.

I define a “mess” as any incomplete task, obligation, or other unresolved commitment.

Think of each “mess” as a program running on your computer.

Dirty dishes piled up in sink after a party

As you know, if you run too many programs at once on your computer (even tiny ones), eventually the computer slows down. It begins to perform at less than optimum levels.

Sometimes it even crashes.

Your brain works the same way. Keep too many programs open simultaneously, and at best your mind slows down. You become forgetful, edgy, irritable.

At worst, you “crash”.

Is Your Business Destroying Your Life?

One of the worst mistakes we can make as entrepreneurs is allowing our commitment to our business to undermine our commitment to our family.

Happy Asian couple

As entrepreneurs we do things that others aren’t necessarily willing to do in order to enjoy a life that others can’t – we work long hours, long past the “normal” business hours that employees work, we can’t remember the last time we had more than six hours of sleep in a night and our families plot a rescue mission to get us out of the office at a decent time for special occasions.

The New TGIF

The great Os Hillman has a website, and a book, called Today God Is First (TGIF)

This is a reframing of the old cliche, TGIF, which for most of the world means “thank God it’s Friday”.

The point Os is trying to make, I believe, is that we need a shift in the way we think about work and our life.

If your perspective on life is: you hate what you do 40-60 hours per week, and you are only thanking God when Friday comes around, so you can step out of that hellish workplace that you are forced to occupy…

Wake Up Wealthy

What does it mean to be wealthy?

Does it mean to have vast amounts of material goods? Homes, cars, money?

Does it mean to be recognized, lauded, praised?

Does being wealthy mean you have great power over others, that you are able to bend them to your will?

Wealth is none of these things. These things may (or may not) be external indicators, or symptoms, of wealth. But they are not wealth itself.

Ask anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one what wealth is.

Ask anyone who struggles with a degenerative disease or terminal illness what wealth is.

They can tell you.

Wealth has nothing to do with external circumstances, and has everything to do with internal reality.

If you don’t understand what I’m talking about, you have never tested your definition of wealth.

One day you will.

Whether you want to or not.

While there is nothing inherently wrong with houses, cars, or money, they are not wealth itself. All these things deteriorate, and pass away.

Better to store up the wealth that does not pass away. That wealth is found in a knowledge of who you are, and why you are here.

When you have the true wealth, you wake up wealthy no matter what circumstances you find yourself facing.

Something worth thinking about today.