Throughout my life and career I’ve been mentored by NUMEROUS individuals (starting with my awesome parents), have become a voracious reader, a continuous learner and willing to go the extra miles. The result: I’m now, truly, “living my dream” and working on accomplishing “the next.” What is my dream? Back in 1988 I defined my dream as:
- Having a solid, loving family of my own
- Being self-employed
- Being completely debt-free
- Experiencing the world (travel and adventure)
- Living in a house on a crystal clear lake
At this point, I can check off the first 4 items on the list 🙂
Increasingly, I’ve had the opportunity to mentor others, not the least of which are my 4 absolutely AMAZING sons (ages 24, 21, 19 and 16, at time of writing)! I thoroughly enjoy the process of meeting with people, learning what they are up to and offering insight, advice, guidance and connections that may help them get to the next level.
When I chat with someone about their goals, dreams and aspirations I typically recommend (or give them) a book based on what they would seem to need at the time. Or, I share wisdom that I’ve learned from others that helped me accomplish specific goals, objectives and dreams.
To that end, I realized it would be helpful to others if I shared this information more broadly. Hence, the purpose of this blog.
Now that you’ve arrived take a look around. If you like what you see click “Follow”, bookmark it and/or come back often as more info is posted to hopefully aid in YOUR success.
Wishing Success for You!
Hey Craig, I think this is a great idea, and a great gift to give people. One of the quotes I saw recently (I don’t remember where or who it was by) that I love is “I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday!” How true this statement is for all of us. I obviously haven’t made the best choices in life, but every one that I have made has been a building block to where I am now, and the choices that I make in the future. Going to prison wasn’t the best choice I made, but it made me make better choices in my life. Through that learning experience I got sober, more focused, determined and in touch with who I want to be.
Your blog is a great inspiration in seeing how hard work and smart thinking can put you where you want to be, but I think most people (like myself) are so caught up in the day to day grind with a million and one things coming at them that it is hard to see the forest through the trees. I personally feel like I always have so much going on(which is how I work best) just to catch up with the rest of the world that I don’t know where to start. I feel like as soon as I start to find time and get some clarity, something else comes up to fill the void or another problem comes along that I have to focus attention on.
I enjoy reading your emails and business news (when I can make time) and always find them inspirational and motivating, but at the same time find myself saying where do I start. Its like a game of billiards. The game Is going well, you’ve got a plan, some of your balls are lined up, but every time you go to take a shot, your opponent (life) is blocking your goal. You are too far into the game to formulate a new plan, but if you don’t you now you can’t win. What do I do?
First, I would suggest that you rip the rear view mirror out of your mind 🙂 Yes, your past is important, but not nearly as important as where you can go from here. Often, some of our distractions that meet us in the face on a day-to-day basis relate to thinking about past mistakes. Once you’ve ripped the rear view mirror out, you remove that source of distraction.
From there, I’d suggest, defining your dream life (what are the key goals you want to accomplish in life). Only 5 +/- items. Keep them “in your face” when you wake up, refer to them during the day and review them last thing before you go to sleep.
Read books, attend training, continue to grow and learn — AND YOU CANNOT HELP BUT ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS! Yes, it will take time. But, the time will pass anyway 🙂
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