Extra Points: Don’t Tread on Me

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This past weekend, I watched an impressive presentation on the history of American flags at my Sons of the American Revolution chapter meeting. The speaker used historical perspective, context, humor and the actual replica flags to illustrate how and why we ended up with the current iteration of the stars and stripes.

One of my favorite flags visually is the Don’t Tread on Me flag, most commonly known as the Gadsden flag, after American general Christopher Gadsden, who designed it in 1775. It was first in battle by used by Commodore Esek Hopkins. As the American Revolution went on, the rattlesnake grew as a symbol for the colonies, thanks in large part to Benjamin Franklin. Franklin loved the imagery of the rattlesnake and published an essay in the Pennsylvania Gazette (under a pseudonym as he often did) where he suggested that the rattlesnake was a good symbol for the American spirit. One of his many reasons was articulated in the publication, “She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage.” (Note that the rattlesnake on the flag – see below – has 13 rattles on its tail, matching the number of colonies)

Sounds like the rattlesnake would make an equally appropriate symbol for businesses and organizations. The rattlesnake depicted on the flag was an emblem for people who were hungry for freedom, liberty, and creating their own destiny. That’s an ideal and unleashed life. That same spirit should also propel each of us to creating a life and career that we can call ideal. If she be as Franklin opines, an emblem of magnanimity and true courage, then good for us. We are all entrepreneurs; some own the company and others own their own personal companies where they create revenue from their work for others. Regardless of owner or employee, there is a spirit that is required to unleash the potential for the organizations, the families, and the individuals involved. Don’t allow any circumstance or situation to tread on your dreams. Clamp on and never surrender. Just like the rattlesnake. 

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Quote of the Week:

“I believe in being an innovator.”

~ Walt Disney

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UPCOMING EVENT: IDEAL LIFE DAY

My Shrimp Tank podcast co-host Brad Berger and his company Cornerstone Financial Strategies is hosting a FREE half-day event meant to help you clamp on tight to your destiny to create your own “Ideal Life.” It’s called  Live Your Ideal Life and is being held on Saturday, March 3rd in Tacoma. Barb and I are attending this event that is filled with great ideas, marvelous speakers, and information that will help you grow personally. It’s FREE and there is still room. For more information and to register, click here! Hope to see you there!

Extra Points: Olympic Life Learning Opportunity

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40There are many reasons why I was never more than an average athlete in my high school athletic career. My best sport was golf and I was part of a team that finished 9th in state my junior year. While I had the physical skills to play beyond high school, the biggest obstacle was between my ears. I never found a way to consistently bounce back mentally or emotionally from poor (or even mediocre) competitive performances and live to fight another day.

As I’ve watched the Olympics over the past week, I’ve observed that these world-class athletes obviously differ from me in that mental discipline when it comes to athletics. I was most impressed with a tweet by American skier Mikaela Shiffrin over the weekend. After winning gold in one race, she didn’t perform well in the next event that she was heavily favored in, and didn’t medal. She responded publicly with a series of tweets, where she concluded, “That is real. That is life. It’s amazing and terrifying and wonderful and brutal and exciting and nerve racking and beautiful. And honestly, I’m just so grateful to be a part of that.”

Sounds a lot like life, doesn’t it?

All that Ms. Shiffrin expressed is reflected in simply living life and building our businesses, careers, and relationships – It’s amazing and terrifying and wonderful and brutal and exciting and nerve racking and beautiful. The final piece is accepting all of that and then being genuinely grateful to be a part of it!

We all deal with crisis and adversity in every aspect of our life, sometimes daily. Why not join me in taking a lesson from an Olympic champion and practicing the discipline of being grateful to just be a part of it? It’s the quickest path to winning gold medals in your life.

Quote of the Week:

“Little minds are tamed by and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.”

~ Washington Irving (American writer)

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Extra Points: Climbing Ladders

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Our roof gets a lot of needles from surrounding trees and the valleys that the rain is supposed to flow down get full of gunk. The weather was nice on Saturday, so it was my duty to go up and clean them out.

I have no issues climbing up the ladder. When I was a volunteer firefighter 25 years ago, I climbed up a 100-foot ladder. I have no issues being up on the roof. It’s a great view. What I don’t love; in fact what I really hate, is climbing back down on to the ladder. There’s something about the whole balance and slippage thing that’s unnerving. I know Barb was there holding the ladder, but it wasn’t her I was worried about not doing her job. I managed to ease into the climb down and descended without incident, which led to my celebration with a cigar and whiskey.

I’ve got good balance and am in good condition. Fear made me more tentative and increased the chances of falling. If I was unabashedly confident, I would have more rapidly and efficaciously exited the roof. Likewise, fear of falling (i.e. failing) in business and in life make us all more tentative and unsuccessful if we allow it to.

You always hear athletes and entertainers proclaim that they are at their best when they are fearless; when they just let go and have fun. The same is true with important business meetings, sales calls, interviews, and networking events. The same is true in relationships with spouses, children, friends, and family. Fear is legitimate when the clear peril is falling eight feet.

Unfortunately, the fear that paralyzes humans is most often rooted in fear of what others might think or how we will be judged. And in most cases, our assumptions are wrong. We face adversity constantly. It will become a personal and professional crisis when we allow the fear to win. As my professional mentor Alan Weiss has said, “fear masks talent.” It also is the enemy of business success and living an unleashed life. So when that inner fear mongering voice tells you to be scared, throw it off the roof and boldly ascend your own ladder of success.

Quote of the Week:

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

~ Confucius

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Shrimp Tank with Guest Aaron Hendon

Check out the latest episode of The Shrimp Tank with our guest, Aaron Hendon from Christine & Company. Aaron has a fascinating story and is really a fun interview. You won’t want to miss it. Watch the wrap up show here and then go listen to the entire podcast on the website. Better yet, subscribe on iTunes so you never miss an episode!

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Extra Points: Dog Days

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This week’s guest columnist is Captain Jack. I opted to take the holiday weekend (Super Bowl) off from writing when he asked to step in with a special message….

Dan and Barb went to a Chinese New Year party that they go to every year with friends from high school. Bella and I are never invited; which is stupid because I know there’s another dog there. This year is the Year of the Dog. It comes in a 12-year cycle and the last one was before I was born, and based on my knowledge of my own mortality, this will be my only one. With that in mind, I’ve decided it’s going to be the Year of Captain Jack!

So allow me to share with you five ways you can take part in the Year of Captain Jack to improve your life:

  1. Smell everything once. Opportunity is always there, but you have to take the time to sniff it out. If something smells rotten, kick it to the curb. Just make sure you don’t miss your chance because you’re too scared.
  2. Tell the truth. When I’m hungry, I have a certain bark; same when I need to go out. I don’t play games, I bark what I mean. Humans sometimes beat around the bush. Life’s too short.
  3. Never turn down a walk. Walk’s clear your head and offer special smells. For humans, it means exercise and clearing the decks of the stuff stuck in your head.
  4. Sleep. You’re no good working if you’re exhausted. The brain needs a chance to re-charge and re-invigorate. Dogs have known this forever. When will humans get this?
  5. Take what you want from life. Dogs don’t dwell on whatever happened last year. We don’t care what someone else might think. We sniff out opportunities and take a chance. If we fail, we go to the next one.

Look, I am only going to get one Year of the Dog in my lifetime. You humans get to use all the years. Stop wasting time and enjoy life, even in your work. If your work is fun, your life will be fun. Go chase the ball that’s thrown today, track it down, and rinse and repeat. In your world, that will lead to a lot more tail wagging.

Just me…

Captain Jack

Quote of the Week:

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”

~ Helen Keller

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Do you need help unleashing your potential? My mentoring and coaching program has availability. Contact me at dan@danweedin.com or (360) 271-1592 to apply.