Extra Points – January 26, 2015 – What’s Your Story?

This week’s focus point…What’s Your Story?14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

Last Friday was my mom’s funeral. I was honored to give her eulogy and share about 11 minutes with all attending about her life. I used stories to help people gain a better understanding of her personality, her character, and the way she lived her life. The comments after reinforced that I had done that.

Stories always help the listener gain greater understanding. Regardless of the message, or if its purpose is personal or professional, the ability to deftly tell a story will enormously enhance engagement of the person listening.

If you goal is to be influential, then you had better become an expert in telling stories. They are perfect for metaphors, life lessons, or business applications. They help you inspire, motivate, teach, and sell. As we enter into the second month of the year, keep seeking out professional development opportunities….becoming a better storyteller would be a great place to start!

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For those interested, this is the recording of Mom’s eulogy…This week’s quote –

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.

 ~ John W. Gardner
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Extra Points – Never Give Up

This week’s focus point…Never Give UpJack and Dan

I admit it. I gave up. I was sitting forlornly at my brother-in-laws house with a group of people watching my beloved Seahawks losing at home in the NFC Championship game versus the Green Bay Packers. They’d played poorly. Nothing seemed to be working. And now with 4 minutes left, we had thrown another interception and were still down 9 points. It was over.

I won’t recount the crazy next 20 minutes, but the history books will show an improbable Seahawks victory in overtime. Listening to the post-game interviews from coach Pete Carroll, quarterback Russell Wilson, and several other players; it was clear they hadn’t quit. They were going down swinging; they still believed. Until that clock hit zero, they truly never gave up. That’s why they are going back to the Super Bowl.

Never give up. Ever. No matter what happens in your life or your career, never quit. Life is short and the opportunities abound even in what seem to be incalculable odds. Football and all sports are a microcosm of life. I hear people say that sports aren’t like real life. I disagree. They are “real life” for all the players and coaches that make it their career. They are real life for the fans that follow them. Your career and life are just as “real,” and often face the same anxiety, stress, and challenges that face teams in games and seasons. That’s why no matter how bleak things may look, never give up. You never now when that winning touchdown pass will happen for you!

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This week’s quote –

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Welcome to the most powerful and dynamic program I’ve ever created for business owners and executive leaders on unleashing your vast potential and maximizing your own unique talent and that of those around you.

My concept of the “open gate” is that unlike dogs, we as humans often tether ourselves inside our own personal gates and due to our own self-imposed limitations and fears, choose not to risk going through the open gate in front of us. The results include dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, poor leadership, bad morale, inefficiencies, and boredom. Bottom line is you and your business leave money and talent on the table.


What Are You Thinking?

Captain JackI love quotes. Depending on where I am in life, I’ve found them inspirational, humorous, and filled with perspective.

I saw one this morning while scanning Facebook that I’d like to share with you briefly. Of all things, it was attached to a message Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll sent out. Here it is…

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” Lao Tzu

If you’ve spent any time reading my work, watching me speak, or working directly with me, you’ll know what an advocate I am of “being in the moment.” This quote has summed up that sentiment quite nicely, don’t you think?

I believe to truly learn from this quote, it requires self-assessment. If I were to be honest with myself, my weakness of the two poor options is the latter…being anxious and living in the future. I continually use coaching, mentoring, and accountability partners to keep me focused on the present, because it’s hard to do by yourself. What about you? Where is your propensity and what can you do to stay in the moment? This might be a good use of your time today to figure that question out…

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My Mom’s Obituary

As many of you already know, my mother passed away last Tuesday night. She has been fighting dementia for the past 4 years and although we knew this to be coming up, it’s always a shock and a difficult thing. My family is grateful for the love, support, and condolences we have received from family, friends, clients, colleagues, and more. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for that. I want to share with you Mom’s obituary as some of you may not be connected to me on social media and may just now be finding out.


Mom and MeAlicia Weedin passed away peacefully at her home at Emeritus at Montclair Park in Poulsbo, WA on January 6th. She was 90 years old.

She was born Alicia González Martínez in Bogotá, Colombia on April 24, 1924 to José Antonio González and Maria Elena Martínez. She lived in Bogotá into her adult life with her parents and 8 siblings. She worked as a buyer for her father’s clothing store and then for 9 years as the social secretary for the United States Naval Mission in Bogotá. This is where she met and married an American serviceman and the love of her life, Donald Weedin. They married at her family home in Bogotá on December 26, 1958.

Alicia moved to the United States in 1962 when Don was stationed in Norfolk, VA. After a few years there, they made their long-time home in Oak Harbor, WA for 34 years. Alicia was active for over 30 years in both the church and doing charitable projects in the community. She worked tirelessly as President for the Alice Esterly Orthopedic Guild of Children’s Hospital in Oak Harbor for many years. After Don retired from the Oak Harbor School District in 1988, they spent the rest of their time traveling to favorite locations around Washington State and enjoying their grandchildren. Alicia and Don moved to Poulsbo in 2003 to be closer to their grandchildren. Together, they also made over 10, 000 rosaries that were distributed to Catholic missionaries and to countless first communicants between the two parishes they belonged to over the years. They were inseparable during their retirement years.

Alicia was preceded in death by her husband Don in 2011; her parents; and 3 brothers – José Antonio (Pepe), Jaime, and Rafael.

Alicia is survived by her son, Dan Weedin (Barbara) of Poulsbo; her granddaughters Mindy Weedin and Kelli Weedin, also of Poulsbo; her sisters Lolo, Helena, Clara (Hernando), Lucia, and Consuelo of Colombia; her step-children Leslie Weedin (Karen) of Charlestown, IN, Kathy Vuckel (Jim) of Moses Lake, WA, and Rita Paradise of Tacoma, WA; and many nephews and nieces all across the globe.

Funeral service is scheduled for January 23rd at 11 a.m. at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Poulsbo. Mass will be preceded by a rosary at 10:30 and followed by a reception. There will be a burial at Cherry Grove Memorial Park in Poulsbo at 2 p.m.

Donations may be made in Alicia Weedin’s name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation; the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Club, or Martha & Mary At Home. All donations can be made directly online using her name.

Alzheimer’s Foundation
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Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Club
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Martha & Mary
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New Rave Review and Why It’s Important to You

umbrella_risk2014 ended with a cyber bang…of sorts. Major businesses like Target and Home Depot were hit by cyber attacks. Then in December, Sony was hacked due to outrage from North Korea over an upcoming movie, The Interview. If you think that cyber crime is unique to Fortune 500 companies, you’re wrong. In fact, over 60% of cyber crime is perpetrated on employers of less than 100 people. It’s the low-hanging fruit theory. If you’re a small business, you need a plan.

I’ve worked with countless small businesses to help them protect their assets and their lifestyle. I understand you have an insurance broker or agent, and you should have a good one. I help with that, too. The bottom line is you need someone that isn’t interested in keeping their commission. I help my clients make tough and smart decisions on their insurance, risk management, AND cyber protection. If you’re not prepared, you may just be that next ripe piece of low-hanging fruit.

Don’t believe me just because I said it. Read what my clients say…

“Dan helped us realize just what insurance — and what an insurance agent and company — could do for our small business. I mean, everyone knows that insurance is important, but if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that we really only think about it when going through the renewal process or submitting a claim. Working with Dan in advance of our renewal was an educational (and fun) experience: Dan’s a great guy and he really took the time to get to know us and our company. He shared with his us general expertise about insurance as well as many astute insights and observations on our existing insurance policies, including his recommendations for areas of potential change or improvement. Dan made the renewal process a breeze and we appreciated his guidance in selecting the agent that was the right “culture fit” for our company. Months later, all continues to be great: we’re more confident than ever in our insurance and in our relationship with our agent. Thanks, Dan!”
– Darcy Gray, CEO, TOM BIHN 

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