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Unleashed! The first book!

December 30, 2013 Leave a comment

My first ordered books arrived today. Numbers 1, 2, and 3 go to my wife and daughters. Others are now being shipped (a new one came through today). Maybe you need to jump on the early Unleashed! bandwagon!

Unleashed! Arrives

 

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Extra Points – Action

December 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Action

I love my birthday.

It’s not because of presents or well wishes, although both are nice. I just really love the celebration of life. Since my birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, it adds to the whole calendar year thinking because it not only forces me to look at my life as a whole, but encourages me to look back on the prior year and the one about to begin. It also means that everyone is celebrating with me, whether they think they are or not. After all, it is my birthday and I can think that way if I want to!

This year is a little different, however. Every end of the decade has added significance to me. I’m turning 49 and that means that the decade of the 40s is late in the 4th Quarter. I may get a little nostalgic and wistful contemplating this mid-life stage that I’m smack in the middle of living. But we all have no time to sit around contemplating, being melancholy, or reveling. We are in an “action world.” Life is (and always has been) about living and action. You can plan, strategize, and dream all you want, but implementation is where the rubber hits the road.

What are you going to DO in 2014 that improves your condition this time next year?

On behalf of my family (who are all together to celebrate my birthday and ring in the new year this year – yay), we want to wish you a very happy, healthy, prosperous, and action-filled 2014. Here’s to hoping you will slide in ahead of the tag in all you do!

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This week’s quote –

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

Unleashed! is officially “unleashed!” This book is a compilation of my “greatest hits” on this weekly Extra Points that you receive. It also includes the musings of Captain Jack the Pirate Dog, plus some brand new “stuff!” Sales have started and the books are flying off the virtual shelves. Get yours now for 2014! Click here to purchase

Unleashed! on Christmas Eve!

December 24, 2013 2 comments

Unleashed! The Book is now officially unleashed on Christmas Eve. Be one of the first to own it starting right now. A great gift for you or someone you love for the new year.

Unleashed! A Guide to Maximizing Your Career and Enriching Your Life

(illustration and cover by Toni Glover)

Cover Art

The “Greatest Hits” from Dan Weedin and his sidekick, Captain Jack the Pirate Dog.

This is a compilation of the best of Dan’s weekly missives, Extra Points and his Weedin 360 blog. Captain Jack is a noted writer himself, gaining greater attention and fanfare than his human. This “best of the best” compilation also includes several “never before seen” articles and anecdotes under the title, Fresh Fish.

The book will provide you with perspective, inspiration, humor, and pragmatic advise to help you both professionally and personally. Whether you’re a business leader or a leader in your own home, this book will help you grow in your career and enrich your life. You’ll laugh, you’ll smile; you’ll think; you might even be annoyed, and I doubt you’ll cry. In the end, you will be better off for having read it!

But don’t take Captain Jack and Dan’s word for it. This is what others have to say…

Dan Weedin is a rare guy who instinctively finds quick answers to tough issues. I trust him implicitly, and I rarely make that statement. His weekly newsletter–Extra Points–is always relevant and demonstrates Dan’s pragmatism and ability to get to the heart of impactful issues.” – Dave Gardner, Silicon Valley CA

“Honest, authentic, challenging…” – Betsy Jordyn, Orlando FL

“Your writings are both uplifting and informative!” – Mariel Kagan, Bremerton WA

“You are my favorite read!’ – Suzy Oubre, Portland OR

“Marvelous…just marvelous!” – Jacqueline Picard, Spokane WA

“I really enjoy reading  Dan Weedin’s weekly “Extra Points” memo.  He can take the simple things that happen in everyday life and write a story about it.  The story always has a point and is relevant in business even when the story is not about business. I find his ability to write stories with creative analogies every week to be simply genius.” – Donna Himpler, Seattle, WA

$12.00 US (not including shipping & handling or that dreaded tax stuff)

First 25 people to purchase will receive my special edition article, 7 Steps to Crushing 2014!”

Feliz Navidad from Captain Jack and me!

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The Day Before The Day Before…

December 24, 2013 Leave a comment

I guess for all of us that celebrate Christmas, it’s the “Day before the day before…”

Feliz Navidad!

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Extra Points – The Gift

December 23, 2013 Leave a comment

My Gift IMG_2936

I’ve been very blessed in my life. I’ve been given the gifts of a wonderful and lovely wife, two beautiful daughters, tons of family and friends, and of course constant canine companions that have added steak and sizzle to my life. As I get older, this time of year is becoming more of a time of reflection and introspection for me. It allows me to really focus on the great things in my life.

Okay…enough of that.

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of you, my loyal readers, for continuing to read my weekly musings. Thank you for your comments and emails. Thanks for your constant support. I am grateful and appreciate it more than you can imagine.

I’d like to offer you an opportunity for a gift this Christmas season. If you contact me and mention this particular email, I’m happy to offer you a complimentary 15-minute coaching session to help you get out of the starting gates fast in 2014.  The reason it’s an offer is because I’ve got nearly 1,500 people in my mailing list and I can’t do that for everyone! The offer is for the first 12 people that respond. For those that inquire but miss the first 12 people, I will have a special edition article on my “7 Steps to Crushing 2014” (by the way, the vernacular of “crush” is a good thing). I don’t want to send it to those that don’t want it, so you will have to still contact me.

Thank you again for reading my work. My family wishes you and yours all the best…

Feliz Navidad!
© 2013 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –

“Ha, ha, ha, ha! My mouth’s bleeding, Bert! My mouth’s bleeding! Zuzu’s petals… Zuzu…[checking his pocket] There they are! Bert, what do you know about that! Merry Christmas!

~ George Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life (Undeniably the best Christmas movie of all time). This is the quote that actually makes me start crying. I’m not kidding. Ask my kids.

Thriving in Business and Life

December 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Alan & DanThe most successful people have high-powered coaches and mentors. Period.

My mentor is Million Dollar Consulting ™ author, Alan Weiss. He’s been instrumental in helping me grow both professionally and personally. I’ve worked with him since 2008.

What about you? Whom do you turn to when you need advice; need to practice; need to vent; need to improve? I don’t know about you, but my dogs aren’t interested in these types of conversations. If you’re a business leader/executive; solo practitioner; speaker. professional service provider or just someone who desperately wants to get better, and you don’t have a coach or mentor, what are you waiting for?

Invest in yourself first. The rest will come…

© 2013 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

The Best Christmas Move EVER

December 20, 2013 1 comment
It's a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

You know that one of the hottest topics around the Christmas season is what is the best Christmas movie. I’ve heard radio stations debate it over the airwaves and it’s really a fun argument and discussion. We are ardent Christmas movie watchers in our family. In fact, I’m so weird about it, I’ve established guidelines on when and how to watch certain movies (example – the George C. Scott Christmas Carol must be viewed Christmas Eve night and The Christmas Story is never viewed before Christmas Day, yet can be binged on that day). Not that I’m obsessive or anything…I’ve actually made slight alterations when cajoled by my daughters exclaiming, “Please Daddy!” because they won’t be back home in time. I’m not a Grinch for goodness sakes!

I know people have opinions and cogent arguments about their favorites. However, no right-thinking person can argue over what is seemingly inarguable. The BEST Christmas movie EVER, and perhaps one of the greatest movies of all time is “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Period. Punto. No mas.

Look…the movie has it all. We’ve all been George Bailey at some point in our life. Is there a more compelling character for Christmas? It transcends generations with its story of family, adversity, loyalty, compassion, evil (Mr. Potter is the original Darth Vader), and love. The depth of despair to the adulation. Heck, when you watched Elf and saw Buddy standing over the East River (might have been the Hudson, but who cares) about ready to end it all, didn’t your mind flash back to George Bailey leaning over the edge of the bridge with the snow falling and the agonized and tormented look on his face? of course you did. Me, too.

The Godfather is known for it’s profound, life explaining quotes. It’s a Wonderful Life has them all, too. I am literally able to fall out of bed at 2:00 in the morning quoting someone from the movie. Consider these classics and I bet you get goosebumps just like I am writing them…

Clarence: Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?

Harry Bailey: A toast to my big brother George: The richest man in town.

Man on Porch: Why don’t you kiss her instead of talking her to death? George Bailey: You want me to kiss her, huh? Man on Porch: Ah, youth is wasted on the wrong people.

Zuzu Bailey: Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings. George Bailey: That’s right, that’s right. [Looks heavenward] Attaboy, Clarence.

Pa Bailey: All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.

Clarence: [In book inscription] Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.

You’re with me, right? Of course you are. Like the players on Remember the Titans, “leave no doubt;” Frank Capra, Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, et al, left no doubt. I don’t even think it’s debatable, is it? It’s a Wonderful Life is THE Christmas movie. It is best watched between December 21st and 24th. Just saying…

That is unless your daughter (who doesn’t arrive until the 26th and is as much a geek about this as I am) asks to wait by pleading, “Please Daddy! Please!”

That’s how you know it’s the best!

George Bailey: Ha, ha, ha, ha! My mouth’s bleeding, Bert! My mouth’s bleeding! Zuzu’s petals… Zuzu…[checking his pocket] There they are! Bert, what do you know about that! Merry Christmas!

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