It is not your conditions that cause unhappiness. It is the story your mind tells you about the experience that causes your unhappiness. Your mind tells you that ‘this should not be happening’ and you choose to believe it (and suffer).” – Eckhart Tolle

To truly pursue excellence, you need to WATCH, READ and DO!



A teacher once told me that life is nothing more than a series of attempts. Literally, everything you do, personally or professionally, is simply another at bat. And whether the attempt goes well or not, you choose how you react.

You can choose to react in a way that will serve you or set you back.

If you consistently choose to react in ways that serve you, you will stay on a path of continual development and will take advantage of every chance you get to sharpen your sword and master your craft.

Please know that continual development is the key to happiness, fulfillment, success and significance. To stay on the path of continual development, you must remain humble and acknowledge you don’t have all of the answers (and you never will). You must be open to learning anything and everything you can from anyone and everyone you can. Read. Watch. Listen. There is no shortage of quality information out there… but the responsibility falls on you to find it.

It’s OK to be content with what you have, but never with what you are.

You will always be under construction.

You will always be a work in progress.

There is no finish line when it comes to personal development and improvement.

The number one investment you can make is an investment in yourself. You have to want to get better. But simply wanting it is not enough.

Everyone wants it.

You have to deserve it.

And how do you deserve it? You work hard. You work smart. You work consistently. You have passion. You have grit. You have optimism.

And you strive for continual development.


Partner up with a teammate that you feel you know on a fairly deep level. Answer the 12 questions below on behalf of the other person (in other words, answer the questions as if you were them!). Ask them to do the same. Then share with your partner and evaluate your accuracy. Do you really know them as well as you thought you did? What insight do these answers really give you?

  1. Best childhood memory:
  2. Scariest moment ever:
  3. Happiest moment ever:
  4. The most influential person in my life is:
  5. Best advice I’ve been given:
  6. Worst advice I’ve been given:
  7. I would really like to meet:
  8. I would really like to visit:
  9. My most valuable material possession is:
  10. I hope I never have to:
  11. My biggest pet peeves are:
  12. I define success as:

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Thanks for taking this Full Time Out with me. I appreciate your presence!