The Dark Side of Having Grit

Sort of weird to think there’s a dark side of having Grit but it’s true.

Here’s a real life story:
Years ago we owned vending machines. They were truly a pain in the ass. I had to negotiate prices with stores, then had to do the leg work of lugging the food to the machines and loading them. Not to mention beg my way into offices to actually place the machine. On top of all it the business didn’t make any money. One day on a bike ride I was talking to my friend Mark, who was worth $500,000,000 at the time (half a BILLION) about what I was going to do now that I had gotten laid off from my job as a Network Engineer. I told him about my vending machine business and how it was going and his response was simply, “Z, I know you. You’re in the wrong business. Get out of it as fast as you can.” The next week I sold all the machines to some guy from Alabama via Ebay.

Here is a play by play of my thoughts:
– the almost Billionaire says it’s the wrong biz for my personality.
– the almost Billionaire was an excellent athlete and listened to everything I taught him about cycling for the 3 prior years.
– he’d earned my trust… so I didn’t hesitate I got out of the business.
– he explained to me that the traits that made me an elite athlete wouldn’t necessarily translate into business. Meaning as an athlete you NEVER give up. As a business owner you need to know when to cut your losses and move on.

Mark showed me the dark side of having Grit.

In this podcast you’ll learn how to develop your Grit and if you’re a parent how to develope Grit in your kids.

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Living Legacy


Me, Weiner Sensei, Demko Sensei, Main Sensei and Brent Goodroe.

Due to an injury I wasn’t able to attend our annual seminar but I got a chance to visit on Friday afternoon.  This photograph shows something deeply significant.  Demko Sensei is the teacher of Main Sensei, who is the teacher of Weiner Sensei, who is Brent and my teacher.  Between the 3 Sensei’s there’s over 100 years of experience.  Living, breathing collections of experience and perspective that are willing to teach, train and mentor the willing – people like Brent, myself and many other students.  This photograph shows a living legacy.

Made me think about people who undertake ventures without the guidance of someone more experienced.

Do you have mentors in your life?  If so, what areas.

4 Steps that define “…think about it…”

You hear people (usually leaders) say “…think about it…”  What EXACTLY does that mean?  Over time I’ve come to learn there are a few things that phrase means to me.

  • Give myself a minute (literally 60 seconds or less) in a place without distraction (often times driving or drinking my morning Spark).  The key is to not be doing something but be just ending something.
  • Asking myself these 4 questions about the thing that I read, heard or saw:
  • How does this apply to me?
  • Am I guilty of not doing this thought?
  • Do I do this thought?
  • How am I going to make a change (if necessary).

You can see it’s a very selfish process but then again that’s why it’s called SELF growth!

10 Things I Wish I Would Have Known in High School

Really good article recommended by Ron Paul Curriculum.
In our culture today, almost nothing is expected of our youth until after they reach adulthood, that glorious day that we have held up for decades, the day one graduates from college. It’s the beautiful day in which all young people are supposed to magically stop wasting all their time, blowing all their money, get their first job, start saving for retirement, start paying their own cell phone bill, car insurance, health insurance, food, rent, and begin paying off that little mountain of student loan debt. They are expected to do this with a perfect job that was going to be handed to them upon graduation. Instead, record numbers are back living with their parents, in debt up to their eyeballs, unemployed or underemployed and completely disillusioned. (read the rest)

25 Habits Of People Who Are Happy, Healthy & Successful

Who among us doesn’t want to be a happy, healthy and successful human being? Still, it can be easy to lose your way, which is why I’ve compiled a list of habits you can use to help reach your goals.

So what is it about happy people that makes them the way they are? Below are just some of the ways they separate themselves from the rest of the crowd.

1. They don’t hold grudges.

2. They think outside of the box.

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How-to: Setup and start using Evernote

I use this tool.

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Evernote is one of the most popular and talked about apps in the App Store. In this article, you’ll learn how to install and configure the app, gather and organize notes, and review workflows that include sharing and advanced features. You’ll also learn about Evernote’s accessories and “baby apps” that are fully integrated into it’s functionality. This article will enable you to use Evernote and its integrated apps as effective organizational tools. (read the rest)