Extra Points: Never Be Here Again

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Last week, two different trips reminded me of the power of staying in the moment…

I was traveling a rural highway between Silverton and Sublimity, OR on my way to teach a class. It was a pretty and peaceful morning in an idyllic setting. I was driving the speed limit of 55 mph and enjoying the view. During the course of the 20 minute drive, there were three different cars that came speeding up behind me, and rode my bumper until they could pass. In talking with some of the participants in my class, they said the locals always sped impatiently through that area.

On Friday, I got the opportunity to take my first seaplane ride with my Shrimp Tank podcast co-host, Brad Berger. Brad is a pilot and offered to take me home in style. I was 900 feet in the air and enjoying every minute of the trip that I knew might be a one time event.

In the end, these were both one time events. As the lyrics to The Eagles classic song, Take It Easy remind us, “We may lose or we may win, but we will never be here again, so open up by climbing in and take it easy…”

The “locals” on that rural road forget the beauty and opportunity around them because they’ve taken that path so many times. They get in a hurry to get to the next thing. I’m as guilty when I am distracted or complacent about riding a ferry into Seattle and enjoying that moment. The seaplane ride was a clear reminder that even if I do get another ride, it will be different.

I’ve talked about this concept many times, and in my book Unleashed Leadership, I even have a chapter on it called “The Yard,” where I explain how Captain Jack and Bella never get tired of the same old yard becasue every day it’s different. I admit it’s a discipline that I am constantly working on myself. What about you?

Take a lesson from the song. No matter what the situation or event, we will never be here again. What happens today is unique and special; as will it be each coming day. If we get out of being in the moment, we risk unleashing our lives and experiences. Maybe it’s a good time to remember that we should always, “take it easy…”

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Quote of the Week:

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now without delay.”

~ Simone de Beauvoir (21st century French writer)

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Extra Points: The Cost of Waiting

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains

And we never even know we have the key…”

The basic tenet of having an “unleashed” career and life is that you free yourself from your own invisible fence. The good news is that you have the key; the bad news is that The Eagles are right, you might not even know it.

There are many entrepreneurs and business leaders that choose to wait to invest in themselves. Various excuses exist as to why ranging from, “It costs too much,” to “I’m just too busy,” to “I’m going to absolutely do it next year,” to “My boss isn’t willing to pay for it.” All these excuses (and more) are rooted in the erroneous reasoning that there is little no cost in waiting. There is a huge cost…

The very best investment one can make is in themselves. And if that’s the very best investment, then one should get the very best help and never compromise on that. You see it all the time with world-class athletes, musicians, and other such notable professionals that never would consider scrimping or saving on themselves. The cost to waiting is great because you’ll never get that time back and it was time that you would have otherwise been realizing a return in that investment.

As you head into the final push of one year and ready yourself to embark on another, consider how much you invest in your own self development. Are you investing more on you than you are on your employees? Are you financing your own investment to have some real skin in the game? Will you take what you’ve learned and put it into action? Are you ready to boldly unleash yourself and see what the future really holds for you, your career, and your business?

Remember, you control yourself and your destiny. Why not go into that future fully prepared to succeed beyond your wildest dreams?

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Note: Lyrics from The Eagles 1974 song, “Already Gone” written by Jack Tempchin and Robb Strandlund

Quote of the Week:

“Every artist was first an amateur.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Take It To The Limit…

UnknownI was stunned and deeply saddened by the announcement of Glenn Frey’s passing. The former Eagles founder was (along with his fellow band members) one of the voices of my generation. I was in junior high and high school when The Eagles were arguably the biggest American music group going. I have their “Greatest Hits” in my iTunes and listening to Take It To The Limit as I write this post.

The lyrics, “You know I’ve always been a dreamer…” should be a mantra for all of us. You can spend all your time making money but that’s not what being happy really is all about. It’s not being Unleashed. Money is simply a vehicle for the lifestyle you want to lead.  What are your dreams?

Being unleashed is doing what you love and dream about and improving the condition others. When you’re passionate about the value you can provide, the income end takes care of itself. As I think on the impact that people we’ve recently lost like Glenn Frey, David Bowie, and Alan Rickman had on millions of people through their art, it’s easy to understand that their great value improved the lives of many. It was their passion and dreams for their work and giving it to us that made them who they were.

Look, it’s very easy to muddle through life if you allow it. As we hit the middle of January, the rush of the new year celebrations is over, the weather may be gloomy, the stock market may be down, and your football team may be done for the season. Before you know it, the same old, same old creeps in. Your dreams might get mired in the fog.

If you really want to have a career that’s rewarding and a life that’s meaningful then you need to make the decision daily to “take it to the limit.” There’s no promises about what tomorrow brings and worrying about the past is dysfunctional. Glenn Frey left this world too soon for my liking, however based on comments and anecdotes from those who knew him, he lived a full and influential life. Shouldn’t we all?

So put me on a highway and show me a sign, and take it to the limit….one more time.

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Extra Points – Thankful #3

Thankful 3 of 4: FriendsJack and Bella

I know many of my friends are doing a daily memo of thanks, usually on Facebook. That’s way too much work for me, so I will do it four times during the month on Extra Points. And, my family, friends, health, etc. are all givens. I want to look a bit deeper by peeling the onion.

One of my clients once told me that everything you need to know in life can be learned from The Eagles, The Godfather, and the Bible. He might very well be right. One of my favorite lyrics from The Eagles hit song Take it Easy, is “If it all fell to pieces tomorrow, would you still be mine?” I am taking a little creative license and expanding that to imply, “would you still be there for me?”

We all go through personal and professional crisis in our lives. Sometimes they come in waves, and other times few and far between. I’m thankful for the times in my life where when I was in need of support, friendship, help, caring, a compassionate word, or a pat on the back; that I had friends who were there for me. I am also thankful that when I needed a little slap on the head or a kick in the butt, they were there, too!

I was reminded of this often forgotten reason for thanks as I watched a friend deal with the uncertainty of a family member’s safety in the Philippines subsequent to the horrific storm that killed so many. Her sister was unaccounted for and she was frantic and a continent away. Her friends both in person and through social media gave her great support. The good news was that her sister was found safe and all’s well that ends well for them. It was the outpouring of love and support that touched me, and reminded me of times I needed that. For this, I am thankful because I know at some point, we will all continue to require that.

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This week’s quote –
“The constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
~ Benjamin Franklin