"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we GIVE!"
I was doing an interview this week with my friend and amazing mentor Stephen Woessner for his powerful "Onward Nation" podcast.
During the interview, Stephen asked me to comment on my best advice for giving effective mentorship.
I couldn't help but giggle a little at the question, because it reminded me of a time, about 10 years ago, when I learned what makes an INEFFECTIVE mentor.
The company I was working for had implemented a "mandatory mentorship initiative" which was directly tied to every supervisors performance evaluation.
The way the program was set up, each supervisor had to "choose" three people to mentor, and keep an electronic log of who they mentored, and that they had met a minimum of once per quarter.
One of the "rules" was that the supervisor was NOT allowed to pick someone who worked in his or her department.
As you may have expected, the vast majority of the...
Just as I thought I had completely lost my way, I discovered that I had created my own unique path!!
Life has a funny way of working out.
About 16 months ago, I was lying awake at 4 am for the fourth or 5th night in a row wondering what had happened to my life?
I was almost 50 years old, I was dead broke, I was in a contract to purchase a piece of land that I couldn't afford, the bank had turned down my loan 3 times, my wife had lost her job, I was renting a home where we were living, and had a home for sale that wasn't moving, and I was facing a huge income tax bill.
I was embarrassed, humiliated, and scared out of my....
How could I have let this happen?
I was so anxious that my wrists shook and ached with tension.
I could easily draw a line in my mind directly to homelessness.
I felt like Jimmy Stewart in "It's A Wonderful Life".
I did have great life insurance, and I "knew" that I was worth more dead than alive.
Or, was I?
As I began to trace the ending of "It's...
How I Lost More Than 20 Pounds In The Gold’s Gym Challenge By Corey Jahnke
"Dad, you ALWAYS say that!"
"Tonight we will have ice cream, but tomorrow we will get serious!!"
Ouch! 14 year-olds can be brutal with their bluntness.
But, Christopher was right!
I DID always say that.
I had been meaning to work harder on my health for several months, but for reasons that I could not explain at the time, I kept postponing my "start date".
As we sat down with our ice cream, I couldn't get his words out of my mind.
The ice cream began to taste like chalk, then paste, then I couldn't even finish it.
I began to think about the role model I was for my family.
Or, should I say the role model I WAS NOT?!?
Enough was enough!
But, what now?
We had been going to the gym on a semi-regular basis, and I had noticed some posters announcing "The Gold's Gym 12 Week Challenge".
I decided that maybe signing up for the challenge might be a good way to hold myself accountable,...