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Have you ever been so broke you had to sell your dog at the local 7-Eleven?

This may seem like a very strange blog post for a site dedicated to leadership. But not really.

N ot if you’re committed to managing your life, controlling your day and fighting for what you believe.

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Recently, I saw a profile of Sylvester Stallone and, serendipitously, stumbled across several articles and interviews about him at the same time. One of the stories was featured on CBS Sunday Morning which featured him and spotlighted his movie, Creed.

In the process, I learned that Stallone broke through with his own writing and NOT with his acting. After some of his early acting failures, he began writing, relentlessly.

He wrote almost 30 scripts.

He says 29 of them were crappy.

Rocky Balboa – Stallone’s breakout role

The 30th script was for Rocky, a $500 Million blockbuster movie … but as interest began to build in his script, he saw this as a unique opportunity to kickstart his career.

How did he do it?

What can we learn from Sylvester Stallone and his iconic characters?

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Have you got my back … or will you fold your tent when the going gets tough?

Resourcefulness has nothing to do with access to resources.

W e have more resources than ever before. That’s not what makes us resourceful.

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Early this morning, I headed to a favorite place just down the street to bring home a couple of lattes for my wife and I.

I think Jefferson or Franklin or another of our forefathers was looking down at that moment, shaking his head in wonder. He looked a little disgusted at our lack of self-sufficiency.

Would You Work This Hard for a Cup of Coffee?

Our ancestors would have awakened in woolen underwear, stepped onto a cold wooden or dirt floor, and would have gone outside to chop some wood to start a fire in the cook stove or set a campfire with a few nearby rocks.

Don’t mistake resources for resourcefulness. Keep reading ….

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Don’t you sometimes wish you could stay under the covers and never get out of bed?

All of us have felt this way at one time or another. Nothing is going our way and it’s just too hard to slog through the quicksand to get anything done.

So, what do we do to pull ourselves out of that funk? How do we fire up the engine to rally up and get ourselves moving again?

How Do We Get Back on Track?

With all of the devastating fires surrounding Northern California, I continue to think about the countless tragedies our neighbors face … and how they will find the strength to carry on.

In fact, there are many other painful disappointments that cross the paths of us humans, aren’t there?

So, I thought I’d share with you a short list of some simple swing thoughts that all of us can grab to help us get moving again.

You only need one of these mantras to recite, over and over again as needed, to help you get out of bed and give ’em hell.

7 Swing Thoughts to Overcome Adversity


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What Would You Scribble on the Back of an Envelope?

Who hasn’t grabbed a napkin to jot down a note when nothing else was available?

But did you capture memorable lines like these?

On The Back of an Envelope

It’s exciting, isn’t it, when we stumble across crumpled notes that have been lodged in our wallet for years … to discover timeless gems that we may have forgotten?

John Wooden, the famed UCLA basketball coach, always carried a crumpled note which bore the words written by his father on Wooden’s high school graduation:

“Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day. Pray for guidance, count and give thanks for your blessings every day.”

Simple. Clear. Unequivocal.

More Life Lessons … Scribbled


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Start Drinking. Coffee First. Then, a Nice Chilled Mug of Amnesia

Have a seat and start sipping on that delicious mug of amnesia.

You can down more than one of these if you need it.

We just concluded a three-day Labor Day weekend and just maybe we had a few too many burgers, dogs and mugs of adult beverages over the holiday?

After all that practice with adult beverages, maybe it’s time to sober up with an even more powerful adult beverage.

How About a Mug of Amnesia?

No calories. Low carbs. Non fat … AND loaded with the protein you need to turbocharge your organization.

Finally, a Hangover That Feels Good


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Lessons Learned from The Prizefighter & The Preacher

Among some of us dads, we often remark, “Dads never get any credit.

Dads teach their kids how to play ball, run, catch, dodge … but if they score a run, a touchdown or a basket … and the camera zooms in on them, don’t they always say,

“Hi Mom!”

Dad’s Christmas gift of an ornament he thought I’d like. The cow sings, too!

Dads Never Get Any Credit

Have you ever heard the phrase,

“… as good as Dad and apple pie?.”

I doubt it. I never have.

How about,

“the father of all storms”?

Nope … I think you catch my point.

A Man in Full

My father lived a full life … as both a professional boxer and a minister. He had an interesting Audio/Visual business as a hobby, but I was also fascinated by the characters who came through his studio as he cut the master recording … yes, the old vinyl 78 format.

When you read, The Prizefighter & The Preacher, you’ll learn about his remarkably diverse career … and at least one of the drawings he submitted to a local art contest. It’s a classic that still makes me laugh out loud.

What Does This Mean for our Business?

You may recall that humility was the centerpiece of 5X leaders famously cataloged in Jim Collin’s book, Good to Great.

If you want to learn what that looks like up close and personal, don’t miss the chance to learn about the humility that was essence of my father’s character and the 5 Lessons it offers for setting humility as the cornerstone of your leadership approach.

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This Has Been My Universal Experience: No Momentum? No Results!

How often have you started a project which ran out of steam?

It’s not because the idea is no longer valid or the results desirable … but because other priorities jumped in line … energy was diverted to new projects … and the original project died on the vine.

Isn’t it interesting that Sir Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion perfectly predicted this?

“An object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”

In other words … if an object is in motion, it tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by another force which slows it down … like unexpected obstacles, new priorities, emergencies … really, anything that gets in the way.

I’ve described this phenomenon in greater detail in Why the Lack of Momentum is the Most Lethal Force in Your Business because I want you to create and harness the concept of Momentum. You’ll find that while it’s invisible to the touch, it’s paramount to the energy that’s needed to successfully complete … almost anything.

So, the next time you find a project flailing about … and its energy dissipating … be sure to consider what you can do to jumpstart that project and renew its energy

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