Archive for April, 2010

Success Is No Accident

April 28, 2010
I had the remarkable opportunity yesterday to interview Coach Larry Gelwix who has been coaching the Highland High School Rugby Team for the past 35 years.  This team was recently featured in a powerful and inspiring movie, “Forever Strong.”  Larry has led the team to an amazing record of 401 wins and 9 losses in his time as coach.  The success of the team is not luck or fortunate genetics, but application of principles year after year.  He shared with me five strategies for the team’s success, which also apply in every other aspect of life. 
  1. Choose which team you play for.
  2. Don’t play with snakes.
  3. Hit the ground running – attitude and effort are everything.
  4. Plan and play to W.I.N. (what’s important now).
  5. Keep your focus on the final score.

Listen in on my conversation with this inspiring man at Live On Purpose Radio.

Attitude and effort are everything!

– Coach Larry Gelwix, Highland Rugby



Hard Things First

April 20, 2010

Your life is made up of a variety of activities, some of which you really enjoy and look forward to, and some of which you may dread.  The hard stuff seems to always be there waiting for you.  Today there is likely to be at least one challenging task that you just don’t want to do.  Move that one to the top of your list and do it first.  Imagine how you will feel when that one thing is behind you rather than in front of you.  Do the hard things first and watch your energy multiply!

I often hear people say that I’m lucky to have a job I love.  Personally I don’t see how it is luck, when I chose this job.

Nikki Stone – Olympic Gold Medalist

Two Kinds of People

April 6, 2010

I attended an event this past weekend where there were around 21,000 people present.  Most of that throng of people looked like nothing more than a sea of humanity from where I sat.  The faces nearer to me were distinguishable as individuals.  I realized that among those I could see, perhaps a dozen or so were people I recognized and knew in one way or another.  A wise friend once pointed out to me that there are only two kinds of people in the world; the kind you know, and the kind you don’t know.  Your human treasury includes all of them.  Just consider for a moment the vast array of possibilities that exists just in the people you already know (a much smaller group by the way).  My favorite teacher of all time once said, “For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?… And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others?” (Matthew 5: 46-47).  What could begin to happen for you if you were to start connecting with that much larger group?  Today’s challenge:  Make a meaningful difference in the life of someone you didn’t already know.

There are only two kinds of people in the world; the kind you know, and the kind you don’t.

Les McGuire