Feed Your Mind

Your Journey

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Did you know you are on a journey? Maybe its an adventure of discovery. On your journey, you will discover talents and skills you at first did not know you had. You will face trials, battles, riddles and more while figuring out why you are here.

What if I told you that if you lived your life like you were on a quest. One in which the end goals was to come back and teach others what you have learned. That you would embrace the life, you have always dreamed of living.

The power of imagination is incredible. I don’t know about you, but when I turn my life into an adventure, it gets a hell of lot more fun.

Tough times become trials I must endure. Financial ups and downs are small battles to be won. Life gets fun when you know you are battling dark forces trying to keep you from your most significant victory.

So pick up your sword, wand, ax or bow and start living your journey. Start kicking some ass, and the rest of the team will show up to help you come back home and tell of your adventures.

Keep an eye out for the wizard or guide that will show up and start your journey.

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You Do Not Fail

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First time I heard the phrase you do not fail I Laughed. Confidently I responded, “Everybody fails sometime.”

Then my coach looked at me and said. “You do not fail you give up trying.” It was the uppercut for the knockout I wasn’t expecting. I think I sat there for a couple of minutes before responding. I realized he had described different parts of my life with one sentence.

That conversation changed my life. If you never stop going for it then do you indeed fail? Sure you learn some good stuff along the way. You learn how not to do something and learn how to do something better. That’s called life not failure.

For me, it wasn’t until later in life that I learned this lesson. My lifestyle was if life wasn’t going right then get out.

- At 18 not knowing what to do with my life I ran to the Marine Corps. 
- At 22 with no direction, I ran to Saint Louis, Mo. 
- At 25 with no path and my tail between my legs, I ran back to Texas. 
- At 28 I started a website company, one client complained, and I shut down the company. (We took a job we shouldn’t have in the first place)

Every time life got tough I removed myself from the situation. I thought that if I got out of there, then I would get passed whatever was uncomfortable or at least get away from it.

Now I realize most of those times I was giving up. I gave up on learning experiences I would have to learn later. When life gets difficult, it means you leveled up. It means you now have to learn a new level of badassery. You have to learn new skills and talents. You have to get after it.

The universe will throw things your way to teach you life lessons. It will never throw you more than you can handle so be strong and persevere. When you come out on the other side I promise you will look back and go wow that wasn’t so bad.

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Fail Again, Fail Better. A Secret to Success

I watched the video of Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Peter Dinklage when he delivered the June 1, 2012, Commencement address. This video of Peter who plays Tyrion in the Game of Thrones tv series inspires the hell out of me.

The entire address is great this snippet is my favorite part.

 

Ever Tried Ever Failed. Fail Again Fail Better.

Don’t you just love the thought of failing better? I never thought of it until this speech. I have heard the phrase fail to learn or learn to fail and I have used it most of my career. Failing better has so much more impact.

Failing better means you are going harder, bigger and crazier than you ever have. You are doing explosive things that challenge you to light up this world. Failing better means you are learning from your failures and correcting on the fly and making smarter decisions.

Most people won’t even try for fear of failure. Without putting yourself out there you can never succeed. You can’t chase your dreams if you are playing it safe. Go for it, fail for it and inspire yourself. Become the person you were destined to be and always thought you would become. Live out your daydreams by failing better.

Peter Dinklage drew a line in the sand and bet on himself. He went for it not giving himself and a backup plan. If you go for it then go for it big. Do what scares you and watch your failures turn into victories.

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The entire 2012 address can be watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuEfEv0OlsY

Stop Trying to Teach

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Racing through life people are quick to give advice. They are so geared up to help someone out by telling, they never stop to ask if its OK.

Early in my career, I was very guilty of this. I was constantly trying to walk people through some book I read or some seminar I went too. Luckily people tend to listen when I spoke but others did not. It was like I was trying to force this information on them. Willing them to learn. I thought if they knew what I knew then they could get the results I did.

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself — Galileo

This quote and some sage advice from a mentor changed everything. Living your life by telling what you know never works. If you want to help others then you must create an environment of discussion. Open verbal collaboration in where personal discoveries can be made. Allowing room for deeper thinking and allowing others to add their thoughts.

Sharing wisdom is a gift but only if the audience is receptive. If you want to share your knowledge then stop teaching and start asking questions. Help people to come up with their own discoveries. When speaking to an audience tell them not to take notes on what is said. They should take notes on what they think as a result of what is being said.

Change the conversation by being a willing participant and everyone grows.

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What are you Listening Too?

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Throughout my life, I have had a lot of windshield time. Driving to appointments, going on vacations or running errands. Most of the time I am feeding my mind with knowledge. It could be listening to a Youtube video, an audio book or having an enlightening conversation on the phone. What I find for me is that I get to choose what to listen too. Which sometimes means it is my thoughts that keep me company.

With this windshield time, the badasses of the day influence me. They inspired me to keep pushing farther and harder. They ride with me during the good days and the tough days and make every day easier. I talk all the time about feeding your mind, and the rest will follow, and this is precisely what I am talking about.

Life is a series stories we live then tell or teach later. What makes them spectacular is how we lived them the first time.

If you want to make sure your feeding you mind then change what you listen too. You might discover your destiny along the way and chase after your dreams.

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