Extra Points: Summer of ’69

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40The other day as I was driving, the song Summer of ‘69 by Bryan Adams came on the radio. My memory immediately went back to the mid 1980s when I was in college at the University of Washington as that was when the song was released. Funny that it seems both like a long time ago and not very long ago at the same time. That song referenced a year that was less than 20 years in the past. Today that song still frequently played, is about a summer nearly half a century ago.

Strange how days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, months turn into years, and years turn into decades. Just the other day my daughter shared a one year memory on Facebook of an ultrasound of her daughter and now that little girl is crawling all over the place. Here’s my message for today…

Don’t wait for the perfect time to start anything that you dream of doing. There’s a high cost to waiting. Sometimes it’s money; other times it’s opportunity lost; and most frequently it’s that the dream never takes its first step and quickly turns into regret. Life’s too short and volatile to wait for that “right time.”

Today is that right time, that right moment to start. Our recent podcast guest (see below) when asked what his recommendation was to those thinking about starting a business was short and to the point – “just start.” That’s my recommendation to you for whatever you want to achieve or accomplish. Just start. You don’t want to find yourself decades in the future thinking what might have been. Instead, you want to find yourself recounting the lyrics from Summer of ‘69 by saying these were the best years of your life.


Quote of the Week:

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”

~ Carol Burnett

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Extra Points: Baby Steps

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Babies are a lot like dogs. Wait for it…

They are able to teach us a lot about our business and life and don’t even know they are doing it! I get the opportunity and joy of spending a lot of time with my 7-month old granddaughter. One of the interesting things about her age is that she’s just discovering that she can actually discover! In other words, reaching, scooting, and crawling are now part of her daily adventures.

I noticed this past week that she has moments of displeasure when she can’t meet her objective. These include things that I’ve kept her from doing: e.g. sticking a pillow’s tag in her mouth; chewing on my finger with her two new (and sharp) teeth; or pulling my hair. In her world, these unmet objectives might seem momentous to her at the time, however she has the uncanny knack (just like Captain Jack does) to recover quickly and not allow them to become ongoing angst.

Her Recovery Time Objective is very fast…

Recovery Time Objective is something every business should identify as a goal to bounce back to full strength. Obstacles to goals are daily occurrences. Some are small, yet others can be significant and cause a lot of distress to a company. Research indicates that unplanned downtime that stalls operations for a company will cost between $926 and $17,244 for every minute that their operations are stalled. Those costs include lost revenue, lost productivity, recovery expenses, equipment replacement and more. By creating an objective metric to shoot for, an organization can save tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to it’s profitability.

Don’t own a company? Well, yes you do. You own your own professional career. How often do we as individuals get sidetracked, distracted, or completely thrown off course by a calamity? How much does this distraction cause us to lose valuable time and energy through worry, anxiety, and lost productivity?

Recovery Time Objectives are small for babies and dogs because they have better things to do than to fret. As businesses and adults, we must plan on recovering quickly and set measurements around it to know if we are successful. That way, we can go from crawling to running in no time at all.


What’s your RTO?

Quote of the Week:

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

~ Aristotle

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The key to personal and professional improvement is accountability. My mentoring and coaching program has availability. Contact me at dan@danweedin.com or (360) 271-1592 to apply.

Extra Points: When Silence Isn’t Golden

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Pope Francis’s homily on Palm Sunday included an exhortation to the youth of the world to “keep shouting.” Without referencing any particular event, but rather proclaiming a global message, Pope Francis exclaimed, “The temptation to silence youth has always existed…Dear young people, you have it in you to shout; It is up to you not to keep quiet. Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders, some corrupt, keep quiet, if the whole world keeps quiet and loses its joy, I ask you: Will you cry out?” It seems the pontiff is saying that silence isn’t always golden.

The message isn’t just for youth, but for us adults as well. We cannot keep silent when we see injustice in the workplace, whether it be discrimination, inequity in pay, or harassment. We can’t keep silent when we see someone struggling at work and we can help; when we see see opportunities to improve the condition of others and have it within our own voice or actions to accept that opportunity. How often are adults turning a blind eye to those in the workplace – both employees and co-workers – because it’s inconvenient or uncomfortable?

Over this past weekend, a client of mine didn’t remain silent. He witnessed a car in the road on fire and the driver too much in shock to leave. He pulled over, left his wife and young daughters in the car, and rushed to help. Between him and two other men, they became the first responders until the professionals arrived, and likely saved a life. Amazingly, there were other cars that didn’t stop to even offer any assistance; rather many to stop and take photos with their mobile phones of the scene probably to post on social media. How many of us walk by and don’t stop to help another human, but rather remain silent and keep walking because it’s too much trouble?

One last thought. This past week, a friend of mine named Charlie passed away. I’ve known Charlie for a long time and over the years, he’s emailed me personally in response to this very newsletter; always with a kind word, encouragement, and a bit of humor that was indicative of his joyful personality. I will miss Charlie a lot. Charlie never remained silent when it came to cultivating and deepening relationships with both family and friends. How many of us find ourselves “silently” too busy to send a brief note or make a call to people we really care about, hoping that sharing on social media is good enough? One thing I take away from my friendship with Charlie is that relationships are the responsibility of each of us and silence isn’t golden, but a steward of complacency.

Silence has it’s place. However in our lives – both personal and professional – we have a unique connection with our fellow humans. That connection allows for us to make our voice heard to improve the lives and conditions of others. Don’t allow fear or apathy silence your voice. Be ready to “shout” for a cause, a movement, or another human being. That’s part of the secret sauce in living an unleashed life.

Quote of the Week:

“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

~ Dylan Thomas

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Extra Points: Perfectly Imperfect

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Last week, I visited a sports card shop to have them look at my baseball cards. My card collection is mostly baseball, football, and basketball cards from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s, with the vast majority in baseball. Because I was curious to see if the collection had any real value for insurance purposes, I was hoping an expert would shed some light on if it was worth getting a complete appraisal.

What I learned was that while my collection fell into the right time period (sports cards became over supplied in the mid 1980s to the point of saturation and devaluation), they were in far less than “mint condition.” As I explained to the expert (who was probably in his late 20s), when I was collecting cards, you’d buy your packs of cards, open them up without care for how they were handled, and then regularly trade among friends as if you were the General Manager of a Major League team. Some of my fondest memories involved bringing my stack of cards to my friend’s house (or vice versa) and then wheeling and dealing to get the best deal.

One of my cherished deals was trading for a 1970 Willie Stargell card. It’s a prize possession and the inspiration of why I chose the name “Pops” as a grandfather, as that was his famed nickname. The expert advised me that collectors drive the value, and unless baseball cards – even those more than 40 years old – needed to be in mint condition to have any monetary value. He gave me the example of a Thurman Munson 1971 rookie card, which I own. In mint condition – which is literally without any blemish – the card is valued at $300. My card, which I will call delightfully imperfect, was valued somewhere closer to $4.99. Ironically he explained, he loves the vintage look. We agreed that the imperfections actually added great value nostalgically if not monetarily.

As business people and as human beings, we often strive for perfection. I often talk to people who consider it a badge of honor to be a perfectionist. I respectfully disagree. I think it’s an obstacle to success. Just like my baseball cards are perfect to me in their imperfection, we also achieve much more when we don’t allow the quest for perfection to get in the way of success.

Wanting to perform at the highest level and giving your best is laudable. Getting thrown off track because of less than perfect results will slow one’s progress, stunt their growth, and lead to disappointment and regret.

To all you self-proclaimed perfectionists reading this missive, I recommend you worry less about attaining “mint condition” and more about being like my Stargell and Munson baseball cards; and that’s achieving perfect imperfection.

Quote of the Week:

“To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything.”

~ Willie “Pops” Stargell, Baseball Hall of Famer

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Extra Points: Your Business DNA

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40My kids bought me the Ancestry.com DNA kit for my birthday a few months ago. It was a great gift, as my father was quite the genealogist and I was eager to learn more about my actual heritage.

The results finally came in a few weeks ago. I have to admit, I was a little surprised. Leading the way at 43% was the conglomeration of England/Scotland/Wales. This wasn’t totally a shock because I knew from Dad that our last name was either English or Scottish. What did surprise me was the high percentage. With my mother being Colombian, I thought that exact number would fall more into the Iberian Peninsula (including Spain). The sum of the Iberian Peninsula and Native American (includes South America where I trust it’s almost fully from) was the second largest at 26%. The results were fascinating and I spent much of the rest of the afternoon looking through all the data they included. 

We all have individual DNA that leads back generations and likely hundreds of years. That DNA forms how we look, how our bodies function, and both strengths and vulnerabilities. Your business (and your individual career) also has it’s own DNA. The problem is that often, we don’t take the time to understand what it tells us.

Your business DNA has obvious “markers;” things like your services and products; your family business lineage; and your time in a community. Some other “markers” may not be as obvious. Consider what your DNA says about how you answer (or don’t answer) incoming calls; how quickly you respond (or don’t respond) to emails; the upkeep of your website; the hospitality and comfort of your front desk staff and area; and your vibrancy in the community or communities you operate in. Your DNA will tell all those around you – both clients and potential clients – what you’re really made of.

What’s Your DNA say about you?

Quote of the Week:

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

~ Confucius

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Extra Points: Act Your Age

Dad_DonWeedinMy dad once said to me in a private moment, “You know, I’m 75 years old and I feel like I’m 17 and saying, What the hell happened?” That was nearly 20 years ago and I was in my mid 30’s. Today at 53 years old, I can relate better. (P.S. Picture to your right is Dad at 17…his ideal age)

This past weekend, Barb and I attended the Ideal Life Day retreat held by my colleague and Shrimp Tank podcast co-host, Brad Berger. Brad led a session where one of the focal points was acting and feeling your ideal age throughout your life. During the exercise, we were asked to come up with the age we felt like we were at our optimum peak in mind, body, spirit, and health. I ended up being pretty to close to Dad’s memory at 19 years old. Brad then asked the participants to imagine what it would be like to act your optimum age today. In fact, Brad’s research indicates that we as humans are at our highest performance and productivity between the ages of 55 and 80. Heck, I’m just getting to my best years!

Benjamin Franklin is credited as proclaiming that “some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.” We all know people like that. We might even employ, work with, or are family and friends with people like that. In order to unleash your potential, you need to live like your 19 (or whatever your optimum age is) throughout your life. Here are three suggestions on how to accomplish this along with a few disciplines to keep you on track:

Don’t listen to what the world tells you about age. Legendary film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Top Gun) just started working on his latest film and is one of the new owners of the soon to be expansion NHL team in Seattle. He’s 74 and not thinking about “retiring.” Plan on living 20 more years than you think you will. Now what do you want to do with your life?

Protect Your Mind and Body. The fastest way to age is to stop being active and to eat unlimited carbs, sugars, and processed foods full of chemicals, then slouch in your recliner watching reality television and scouring Facebook. While pharmaceutical companies may love you, your heart, vital organs, and brains will hate you and those aching, stiff bones that we all have been told come with age, will flare up.

Act Your “Age.” One of my heroes is a lady in my Rotary Club. Ardis is 93 years old but you’d swear she 30 years younger. She has been the driving force, voice, and face for our club being able to raise over $2M to build an 8-unit building for housing for victims of domestic violence. I’ve known Ardis for 15 years and her secret sauce is that she hangs out with people half her age (or younger), she’s active, she has a purpose, and she has a passion for life. She’s lived – and is still living – an Unleashed and “ideal” life. Visit Morrow Manor website

Here’s the deal. You control your attitude, your health, and your volition. Don’t conform to the age bias. If you’re reading this, you’re either at your peak performance and productivity age or you’re not even there yet. Start visualizing what you want to do when you “grow up” by acting your age.

Quote of the Week:

“Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

~ Dylan Thomas (20th century Welsh poet)

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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!