We are all Creators

Check it out…but first the back ground:

Jon Weiner, my Sensei in Aikido (Weiner Sensei) just completed an epic project: a new building! Half of the building is his media studio but the other half is a huge Aikido dojo.  Last Friday he got the certificate of occupancy, on Sunday the students did serious work to relocate all of the mats, flooring and other equipment from the storage area to the new dojo, on Monday they continued working and on Monday evening we had our first class in the new dojo.  This was extraordinarily exciting for those of us who hadn’t practiced for almost 3 months!  In the photograph above (from the new facility is Weiner Sensei in the front row 4th from the left.)


Now here’s the story:
5th from the left in the photo is Dennis Main.  Main Sensei is a 6th Degree Black Belt and has been practicing Aikido for well over 40 years.  Not only did he start Aikido in Charlotte but he is also Weiner Sensei’s teacher.  Main Sensei told the story of how for the last 16 years Weiner Sensei has been training and teaching.  And since day 1 he told Main Sensei, “…someday I’m going to build a dojo…”

I heard this story at the conclusion of a 2 hour session of fight club and was hurting like hell but I heard what Main Sensei said.

Weiner Sensei spoke a thing.  He created something.

For 16 years he carried this creation.

On January 18 I got to practice inside the physical manifestation of his creation.

Think about that for a second.  He created a vision in his mind 16 years ago.  Through thick and thin, trials and tribulations, ups and downs; he managed to hold on to a dream and it just came true.  I got to be part of the end product but there’s a lesson to be learned.

We are all Creators.  The visions we create in our mind can come true but we have to pay the price.  I wish it was easy.  I wish I got paid residual income on all the idiots who promote how easy it is.  It’s not easy!  It’s never been easy.  But the act of creating a vision, doing the work and staying true to that vision…that’s just plain exemplary.

Tell me this, what vision are you creating , I really would like to know.

Congrats WS, you’ve done awesome!

How Are You Handling Adversity In Your Life by Brandon LaRue

Brandon is a very close friend and super wise dude.


You can’t hide from adversity. You can’t hide your children from life’s ups and downs. The ones who achieve do so by experiencing and conquering obstacles, even from their childhood days. These are the ones who were never denied their right to face some struggle, some adversity. Others were, in reality, cheated. Those who attempted to shelter their children from every conceivable germ in our society…never really inoculated them from fear, worry, and the feeling of dependency. Not at all.

Let The Fur Fly by Brandon LaRue

Brandon is a very close friend and super wise dude.




My father, Robert “Bob,” used to tell me before big wrestling matches, “let the fur fly Brandon.” Those 4 words seemed so insignificant at the time, yet it has become one of my life’s most valuable lessons. You see, in the sport of wrestling it’s not only a physical grind, but it’s really more of a psychological grind. Wrestlers, including me, would get caught up in the hype and defeat himself before he even step foot on the mat. “He looks stronger than me…..he is ranked higher than me….he beat a guy that I lost to….ect….” That simple statement before I stepped out onto the mat left me feeling confident that if I wrestled my match, and most importantly, that I didn’t leave anything left on the mat, the outcome wouldn’t matter. He was right. Most often times that mindset led to victory, but even when my hand didn’t get raised, victory still remained in my heart because I had no regrets.

Let’s apply that to our lives outside of sports, but then again, life is very much a reflection of sport isn’t it? Are you “letting the fur fly” in your life? Are you leaving your best out on the mat of life? Are you playing to win, or are you playing not to lose? As we near the New Year, I hope you read this and let the story of my Dad, telling me to “let the fur fly” inspire you to take action and not just circumstantially exist. Play to win! ‪#‎letthefurfly‬