Travels and Adventure

Cool stuff and fun adventures that I take part in.

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Hey all, just a short post today with a great video that rolled across my desk.

It’s only a minute and a half, so watch it. Ray Lewis, one of the greatest inside linebackers in history, talks about what’s made him successful and set him apart: Effort.

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I had an experience yesterday that provided an interesting lesson in perspective and patience that I think bears sharing.

*****I’ll preface this by saying that I’m not known as the most patient of guys when it comes with putting up with bullshit. As every girlfriend I’ve ever had knows, I hate crowds, lines, and shopping. Keep that in mind as you read this. Some of the people who know me personally will get a chuckle out of this story and me being in it, that’s without question.*****
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I was thinking the other day about the positive and negative attributes of my friends… Yes, I’m that guy.

My sociopathic behavior aside, it jumped out at me that one of my buddies possesses a great quality: He commits to action when he needs to and flows immediately from situation to decision.

He, like all of us, has his share of flaws and, like any good friend should, I inform him of them as frequently as possible. However, when the chips are down you can always count on him to do something.
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Hey! Nothing fancy today, I’m just dropping a note to crow a little bit:

Eric Rokeach and Greg Justice of Fitness Business Interviews have organized a competition for the title of Fitness Industry Rising Star and I have been nominated as one of the top 55 Rising Stars!

I’m flattered and humbled, to be honest. There’s no way I’d be here if it wasn’t for you all reading my stuff and helping me every step of the way. So thanks!

There’s a voting competition on Tuesday, September 13th. Go ahead and check out all of the awesome fitness pros that I have the honor to rub shoulders with and please vote away (for me, of course!)!

Fitness Industry Rising Star 2011 Competition

From Vern Hart on Flickr. Awesome, and a little creepy.

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Yesterday I met up with my father and brother to consolidate vehicles on a trip down for a family birthday celebration in southern Maine. The most convenient and central place to do this is in a to-not-be-named fast food parking lot (think clown, not king) in Newport, ME. Now that I think about it, that’s probably not the best place to leave my truck, but such is life.

Anyway, my father and brother don’t have my distaste for all things fast food and it seemed that they’d skipped breakfast, so into the spot we trekked so they could grab a bite. Since I wasn’t eating I thought I might as well sit down and take in the show, and I have to say I was pretty shocked at the spectacle that was strewn in front of me. Admittedly it had been a while since I’d been in one of these restaurants so my memories aren’t the sharpest, but the people watching was much more horrible than I’d imagined it would be.
Read more on A Trip Down the Rabbit Hole…

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A subject I preach about over and over is setting and accomplishing goals. In my mind, if a man doesn’t know what he’s trying to accomplish then he has almost no chance of truly accomplishing much of anything noteworthy. If you can’t do something noteworthy, then are you really living your life to its full potential?

It’s not just about setting concrete goals, though. If you don’t have the balls and staying power to overcome obstacles and crush the work required then there’s little chance of achieving the goal you’ve set, no matter how specific it is. Write that down, my friends, the secret of a great man’s life can be summed up in a couple of words: “Balls” and “Accomplishment”.

In light of that, one of the best ways to keep on task for a goal is to a) write it down, and b) grow a set of balls get it out to the world. Tell your friends, tell your spouse, tell the guy that hates you at work (that asshole will definitely keep up with your progress hoping to see you fail), or… tell the internet.

So to put my money where my Internet mouth is and also so you can see some of the craziness that I get up to in life, I’ve got a few of my personal goals to share today. I actually keep a running list of goals broken down into three categories: Short-term (three months or less, anything much under three months I consider to be more of a task than a goal), Mid-range (one year or less), and Long-term (several years or lifetime). Rather than post the entire list, especially since some are pretty personal, I’ll just drop some highlights.

Here’s my goals and my “why’s”.
Read more on A Look At My Goals – The Plan for Continued Awesomeness…

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Like pretty much everyone in America I was floating around Facebook the other day and a group title flashed up on my newsfeed. This group was titled “Inside Every Old Person Is a Younger Person Wondering What the Fuck Happened“. At first I kind of chuckled as it was a bit of a funny title, but then I let what the words meant sink in and really started to think on their meaning. The more I thought about it the more and more I felt my blood pressure rising. I was literally sitting there in the office, fingers on keys not typing, with a whole gym going on around me, and getting mad as hell. We’re talking I was heated after a few minutes!
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This weekend I had the opportunity to speak as an alumni and guest panel member at the 2011 HTKA Seminar in Red Bank, New Jersey. I’ve written about the How To Kick Ass Brotherhood, started by Paul Reddick and Zach Even-esh, before and I credit them to really helping me change my life.

As usual, I had a blast and it was great to meet the new brothers of the HTKA fraternity. I was able to both give and receive a lot of advice throughout the course of the weekend and something really struck me on the second day. We were talking about how the HTKA is an ongoing community where even after the seminar we continue to keep in touch and help each other out with advice, referrals, and usually lots of off-color jokes.

Read more on The Best Advice You’ve Ever Received – Make It Happen Monday…

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The other night I found myself sitting at the back table of a surprisingly-good-for-a-small-city Irish pub sharing a couple of Murphy’s and some good conversation with one of my old friends from grad school.

As a bit of background, “Big N” and I met while working a summer job where we both played the black sheep and bonded over the obvious fact that we were the two guys who were known for taking action and getting things done rather than simply “playing the game”. We see eye to eye on a lot of life philosophies and he’s one my favorite people to bounce ideas off of as, while he can be somewhat unorthodox in his approach, he has an uncanny ability to see through problems and reach a solution.
Read more on Strike Out on Your Own and Prove Yourself…

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to travel to Sea Girt, NJ, smack-dab in the middle of the Jersey Shore to take part in a closed-door, intensive business mastermind with some of the best upcoming fitness professionals. This was a mastermind built out of the HTKA Seminar I attended last October.

In addition to learning more from my mentors and networking with other fitness pros, the true draw of a mastermind is the hour we each had in the “hot seat”. The hot seat time is where the entire group was focused on a single member’s business. We focused on the successes that were working, what wasn’t working, where the business was headed, and developing an action plan for that person.

Since this was a closed-door event, I’m not going to get into the specifics of the individuals’ cases, but let’s just say that it was no-holds-barred, honest (brutally at times), and focused on advancing each individual’s success. It was definitely NOT focused on keeping their feelings warm and fuzzy.
Read more on Lessons From The Jersey Shore Part II – Successful Men and Taking the Gloves Off…