Who am I?

I could rattle off the family roles I have played in my life: husband, father, brother, son, grandson, cousin and nephew. I could ramble on about the career roles: marketer, trainer, video producer, speaker, entertainer, writer and consultant. I could define myself as the sum total of all the experiences I have lived, or an…

Stay in the box

On a hot dusty diamond in rural Indiana, I faced the fastest pitcher in the Russiaville Little League. He was a big kid for 13 and I was a small kid for 12. I kicked my cleats into the silty sand a couple of times, and went through the motions of a practice swing. The…

I Am Not

I am not a runner. I am not a swimmer. I am not a public speaker. I am not funny. I am not good with numbers. I am not organized. I am not strong enough. I am not able to lose weight. I am not calm under pressure. I am not worthy. These are all…

Don’t quit your night job

I walked in two hours early, just to get a feel for the stage and environment. It’s a preparation method I learned doing Toastmasters speech contests. I strolled past the framed pictures of famous comedians who have entertained at Tommy T’s over the years, and asked myself “Do I really belong here?” Of course I…

Use the Catalyst – Part 2

In the recent post, Use the Catalyst, I shared how I transformed my body to be more fit and healthy. It started out as a weight loss mission, but evolved into something else entirely. I found a new formula for living that crossed over into everything I took on. “Make a decision. Make it public. Make…

Use the Catalyst

My good friend Michelle Alvez has transformed her life through fitness. She is sharing her story in her new blog and posted a Before/After picture to highlight how far she has come. It caused me to flash back to a similar photo moment of my own. Four years ago, my co-worker was scouting for a…

Unlearning

OK I got this…left-handed parallel parking on a steep cobble-stone hill in a rental car with a manual stick shift in busy downtown Edinburgh. I squeezed the SUV in with inches to spare, jumped out in the street to celebrate only to see the “Residents Only” parking sign. Heavy sigh. This was my first attempt…

A guy like me

Why did I pay money for the opportunity to put my mind and body through an exhausting challenge like the Ironman 70.3? It was an extremely difficult combination of swimming, riding and running through the beautiful rolling hills of Napa Valley. I was able to finish in just over 7 hours. Why did I do…