Extra Points: Life Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life

Dan_Weedin_022It’s appropriate that this year Christmas Eve falls on my Extra Points day. My favorite movie of all time is Frank Capra’s classic, It’s a Wonderful Life starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. Because as you know if you’re at all familiar with the movie, today’s is George Bailey’s crucial day…

I won’t bore you with recounting the movie. I will offer five lessons that we can all glom on to as we finish off one year and head into a new one:

1. We all have guardian angels, even if we don’t know always see them. Someone is there to help you, instruct you, give you tough love when you need it and a pat on the back when it’s deserved. These guardian angels can be family, friends, co-workers, or coaches. Use them. We can’t be successful by ourselves.

2. Life is about perseverance. Business and personal challenges are often temporary setbacks and situations. Controlling what you can control and accepting what you can’t is key to staying the course.

3. Never waste a good crisis. George Bailey had a seemingly insurmountable crisis. The opportunity was to see what life would be like without him, and then using that knowledge to change his life.

4. Be a guardian angel for someone else. George Bailey had his, but learned he was one for countless people. So are you; and so will you be. Improve the lives and conditions of others constantly.

5. The final scene of the movie shows the book inscription by guardian angel, Clarence to George Bailey that reads, “No man is a failure that has friends.” Isn’t that the truth? I’,m immeasurably blessed to have faithful and supportive friends. You might feel the same.

To those who celebrate, a very Merry Christmas tomorrow. To everyone, best wishes for celebrating family and friends this week. For no man is a failure that has friends…

Quote of the Day:

“Be faithful in the small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

~ Mother Teresa

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Extra Points: It’s a Wonderful Life

it_s_a_wonderful_life_-_no_man_is_a_failure_that_has_friendsThis Week’s Focus Point: It’s A Wonderful Life

My favorite movie. Period.

Something about James Stewart’s portrayal of George Bailey in Frank Capra’s classic Christmas movie touches my heart and spirit every year. Obviously, I’m not the only one as it has become a bedrock of watched Christmas movies, even though it was considered a box office flop back in 1946.

Here’s the thing for me…the poignant part for me is how fragile life really is. I wonder how each one of us, if we actually got the gift George Bailey received, would look at our lives differently. So many humans get wrapped up in “what ifs” and “Shoulda, coulda, woulda” statements of regrets. We all just simply don’t know how our life would change if even one of those things happened. Barb and I were talking about this recently when we were visiting the Santa Train near the city we once lived. Had we not taken a bold and risky move to buy a franchise opportunity in 1993, we may have never left that city. If that had happened, our lives would be so different. One daughter would never have met my son-in-law and given us the beautiful granddaughter we have. Our youngest daughter wouldn’t be thriving in the corporate position she holds today. The friends we’ve made, the positions we’ve held, and the experiences we’ve had would all be gone and replaced by something else. While the “something else” may not have been bad, we wouldn’t trade any of what we have now for all the money in the world. You might say the same thing.

As we close in on the end of another calendar year, it’s always good to remember what kind of a life we’ve actually had. When Lou Gehrig exclaimed to a packed Yankee Stadium over 70 years ago that he was the “luckiest man on the face of the earth,” I have no doubt he meant it. That’s because when I echo those statements today, I truly believe that it’s been a wonderful life for me. And I can’t wait to see how the saga continues…

What about you?

Quote of the Week:

“No man is a failure that has friends.”

~ Clarence Oddbody (George Bailey’s Guardian Angel)

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Extra Points: Thank you!

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40I’d like to take this opportunity at the end of the calendar year to sincerely thank all of you for your interest in my work, and for being a regular reader of my missives. I appreciate all the notes and comments that are sent. It’s always nice to know someone is reading!

My all-time favorite movie (regardless of the genre) is Frank Capra’s classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart as George Bailey. I’m always deeply touched, no matter how many times I see it, because I know I’ve been blessed with a wonderful life. I plan on unleashing every minute of it, and hope the same for you.

On behalf of my wife Barb and my canine companions Captain Jack and Bella, we wish you a very happy holiday season and best wishes for a joyous and prosperous new year. Here’s hoping you slide in ahead of the tag in 2017!

Quote of the Week:


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Extra Points – The Gift

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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!
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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.

The Best Christmas Move EVER

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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Extra Points – Christmas Edition

This week’s focus point…  wonderful life

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One of my family’s Christmas traditions is watching It’s a Wonderful Life somewhere in the date window of December 22nd to Christmas. I’m a little anal about this…go figure. This year, we are doing it today. One daughter is home and the other is in the East Coast, but we have figured out a way to watch the movie simultaneously. It’s a fun way to keep tradition alive!

It’s a Wonderful Life is my favorite movie for many reasons. James Stewart was brilliant in his portrayal of George Bailey. He finds a way to connect with all of us. The biggest message this movie provides is that we are all important. No matter our current situation; the challenges we face; the success we have had; or the uncertainty in our lives, we are all valuable and are important to someone.

If you are reading this memo, I’m going to go out on a limb and say you are probably pretty blessed. None of the demands you face are insurmountable when you have friends, and when you value who you are and what you can offer the world. This memo isn’t meant to be sappy. It’s really the truth. As my favorite NFL coach Pete Carroll says, “Every day is an opportunity.” What’s your opportunity to improve the life of someone else and your own today? I hope you look for it…

From my family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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This week’s quote –
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?”
~Clarence Oddbody – Guardian Angel

Why I’m Thankful

Many of my friends have been posting something they are thankful for each day on Facebook. I’m not that creative. I’m thankful for 7 things. That’s right…7. I’d like to share them with you on this Thanksgiving….

1. I’m thankful for my faith. Life can be challenging with it. Without it, I can’t even imagine.

2. I’m thankful I married up. Big. Meeting my soul mate and spouse at 17 years old and being able to share our lives together was a blessing. Having it be her was icing in the cake.

3. The two greatest things in the world to be called are Daddy and Coach. I’ve been called both. The former by the most amazing daughters anyone could ever dream of. Heck, they even called me the latter, but usually with a twinge of sarcasm. I miss them this Thanksgiving.

4. I’m thankful to live in the United States, where I can grow up to be who I want, change my mind, run my own business, and fly the flag outside my house. God Bless the USA.

5. I’m thankful for my health. I watched a moving ESPN program on former baseball player Ben Petrick. Petrick was a rising star when he was stricken with early onset Parkinson’s Disease at age 23. It’s an amazing story of resilience and gives me perspective on my good fortune.

6. I’m thankful for Rotary. For nearly 19 years, Rotary has been the vehicle to join arms with friends and give back by improving the lives of others around the world.

7. “No man is a failure, who has friends.” Clarence Oddbody (guardian angel to George Bailey) – I have an abundance of wonderful friends. Thank you!

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