Cool Stuff

Posts about cool stuff.

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I’ve posted a video of Ray Lewis (Pro Bowl Inside ‘Backer for the Ravens) giving an inspirational speech about effort before. The man is a great player and inspirational speaker, that much is obvious.

Another video clip just went up showing that he’s being a great leader as well.

The Ravens didn’t win this past weekend. New England beat them to go to the Super Bowl. It could be contended that the Ravens played better than the Patriots, but the bottom line is that neither team played to perfection and the score didn’t fall in their favor.
Read more on Ray Lewis Showing How Leadership Is Done…

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Hey all, sorry I’ve been a little slack with the communications lately. I’ve been working on some big projects, both in the online business and especially in the local business, that have been sucking a bunch of time lately. That being said, when they’re done they’re going to be, as my mentor Paul Reddick so eloquently puts it, “The Tits”.

Enough about that. I’ve got some stuff in the tank for the rest of the week, but today I wanted to highlight an article and an interview that you might have missed.
Read more on Passion, Distractions, and a Little Sip from the Hate Tank…

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One of my buddies from South Carolina had a pretty cool project a while back called LifeWOD. He doesn’t update it as much anymore, but it’s a pretty awesome idea.

*****For those who don’t know, the CrossFit culture uses the term “WOD” as an acronym for “Workout Of the Day“. Various specific training iterations like mobility or strength are likewise termed “mobilityWOD”, “strengthWOD”, etc. See where I’m going with that?*****

Anyway, as you can see if you click on the link, he built this blog up as an exercise where you did one thing every day to improve your life. Pretty awesome stuff.

For Make It Happen Monday I’m going to hold you to a higher standard than that, though. Instead of just one thing, I’m going to give you three things to do today that will improve your life this week. No ifs, ands, or buts about it, if you do these things then you will be living better.

Ready for some black magic, deep down, mysterious, super life-enhancing, ninja shit?

Ok, here you go:
Read more on Make It Happen Monday – 3 Actions To Improve Life…

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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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Last night we experienced the closest thing the state of Maine has had to a hurricane in quite some time. Despite warnings from the meteorologists and other assorted media hysteria-mongers, Hurricane Irene limped into the state as a tropical storm, dropped a fair amount of rain and blew over a few trees. This resulted in some power outages and general inconvenience for everyone, but didn’t really cause a ton of heavy damage here.

Other areas of the East Coast didn’t get off so lightly, but in general Irene didn’t live up to the hype that was built around it. Such is the way of media and sometimes (luckily) the way of storms. Having spent time in the southern U.S., I am a little more aware of what hurricanes can do (and I didn’t even go through a major one when I was down there) than a lot of my northern neighbors tend to be. So in light of different perspectives, it’s been interesting to watch the build up to the storm and how people are reacting.
Read more on Observations From Hurricane Irene…

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A few days ago I posted a quick question to my Facebook Page
which read:

“What is one thing the (now older and wiser) you of today would like to tell the you of 5, 10, or 15 years ago… assuming that young you would actually follow the advice?”

I got some great responses (great enough to post it to my personal page, too, for more input) and some of them got me thinking about what I’d say myself. I honestly hadn’t thought of any of my own answers when I posed the question as I was curious about others’ thoughts. However, given that I went ahead and asked, I guess it’s only fair that I come up with my own answers.
Read more on “Write That Down” – The Van Wilder Moments…

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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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When you push yourself in the gym or on the playing field for any length of time eventually you’re going to get some aches and pains. As a performance coach I always have clients bitching about being sore and walking in with some variation of “my elbow/shoulder/knee/pussy hurts!”. Sometimes this is just a result of a hard game or training session, sometimes it’s a client trying to be lazy, and sometimes there’s actually something wrong. The bottom line is that if you’re taking things to the limit then sooner or later something’s going to hurt. As a result of dealing with this type of thing a lot in my own training as well as working with clients, I’ve gotten pretty good at playing “Mr. Fix-it” when my clients have a minor situation.
Read more on If It Hurts Just Put Your Balls On It!…

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In honor of my recently-passed 31st birthday I’ve come up with 31 things I’ve picked up over the past 31 years. I posted the first eleven here. On to the next ten!
Read more on 31 Things I’ve Learned in 31 Years – Part II…

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Not to date myself, but I recently celebrated my 31st birthday. There’s no real societal significance to the 31st birthday. I mean, it’s not like number 16, where you’re allowed to get your driver’s license here in the States. It’s not nearly as exciting as 18 where you sign up for Selective Service (if you’re a male) and immediately go to your nearest convenience store to purchase the Taboo Trifecta (a lottery ticket, a pack of smokes, and a Playboy). Number 31 is especially not as cool as Number 21, which is the legal drinking age in the U.S. and you go out with your buddies to abuse yourself with newly-legal-for-you-to-purchase alcohol.

***As a side note on Birthday Number 21, speaking as a long-time Door Man: Trust me, the bouncer at the door is not nearly as excited as you are for your birthday. Do not expect him to be. He might be a little more interested if you’re female and decided to celebrate by wearing a really low-cut shirt, but honestly even then he just wants you to shut up and go in the bar.***

Any way you wanna slice it Number 31 pretty much just marks off another year. However, the occasion of my birthday has given me some cause and time to reflect a little bit. In that reflection I sort of haphazardly started coming up with a list of observations, ideas, and things I’ve learned over the past 31 years. At first I thought I might be able to come up with a good “Top 10” list, but soon I found it swelling to the point where I’ve had to cut it down to get 31 things in 31 years.

Without further preamble and in not much of a particular order, here they are 31 things I’ve learned in my 31 years.
Read more on 31 Things I’ve Learned in 31 Years – Part I…