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Scout Quinn, the best dog in the world!

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

If you have ever had an animal that you treated like a human, then you know how extremely tough and painful it can be to put your pet to sleep. Two years ago we found out our boxer (Scout) had cancer in her nose. Long story short, we ended up doing radiation treatment for her at Texas A&M University to help her fight cancer and to extend her life. We are so thankful for our vet locally, Dr. Lollie Mensik of Country Creek Animal Hosptial and to the vets at Texas A&M Small Animal Hospital for all the help and treatments for Scout. We are so thankful for the extra time we were able to spend with Scout! Amanda and I are also grateful for modern medicine and the continued research and development in this field. While the treatment destroyed cancer the first go around, it ultimately came back. Amanda and I had to make a decision you never want to make last month. We loved Scout so much — we still do! She was an amazing boxer. Seriously the best dog in the world. We had so much fun hanging out with her. She was such a joy to be around all the time. We miss her so much! Here are a few of our favorite pictures which will give you an idea on how awesome of a dog/human she really was! We love you, Scout!          

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Will to Win vs. Fear of Failure

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

What do you tap into for motivation? Is it the will to win or is it the fear of failure?

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Comparison vs. Contentment

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Every morning you make a choice. Do you want to walk in comparison or a healthy form of contentment?

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Trust or Suspicion?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

When there is a gap created in your life, do you choose trust or do you chose suspicion?

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Better, Same or Worse?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Are you getting better, staying the same, or getting worse? Trick question, there is no such thing as staying the same!

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How To Find A Mentor?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Do you have a mentor? I explain how to find a mentor without having to ask someone, “Hey, will you be my mentor?”

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I Read 27 Books in 2017. Here Are My Top 3

Monday, January 1st, 2018

I read 27 books in 2017. I am down 13 books this year after reading 40 in 2016. Have you seen my digital library? Each book I read this year had an impact on my thinking and the lense’s I view life through. I enjoyed all 27 books, but there were three that really stuck out and I recommend you read them A.S.A.P.P.D.Q. (As soon as possible, pretty darn quick)! 1. The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be “Why is it that smart people with admirable life goals often end up far from where they intended to be? Why is it that so many people start out with a clear mental picture of where they want to be relationally, financially, and professionally and yet years later find themselves far from their desired destination? Why do our expectations about our own future often go unmet? What if you knew the answer to those questions? What if there was one simple idea that explained why so many people get lost along the way?” –Amazon’s description 2. The Little Things: Why You Really Should Sweat the Small Stuff “Have you ever wondered why we spend so much time and energy thinking about the big challenges in our lives when all the evidence proves it’s actually the little things that change everything?  That’s right…  Absolutely everything. New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews is known for his strong storytelling and unequaled perspective on principles that empower the human mind and spirit. The Little Things embodies his own approach to life and work, detailing for the first time some of the exclusive material that he uses to teach and coach some of the most successful corporations, teams, and individuals around the world. In his unique humorous style, Andy shows how people succeed by actually going against the modern adage, “don’t sweat the small stuff”.  By…

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How To Book The Right Speaker, Every Time?

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Use this 3-point bulletproof check list to book the right speaker, every time! I understand the challenge of finding the right speaker. We have all seen media clip bloopers, or been a part of an audience where the speaker just isn’t able to articulate their message. The audiences’ eyes are glazing over and heads begin nodding off to sleep. Texting, scanning emails and playing games on mobile devices are popular past times when the speaker cannot connect. Not only does the speaker notice the lack of audience engagement, you notice it. And here’s the kicker…you were the one in charge of booking the right speaker! Let’s be honest, every speaker is on their best behavior during a speaker evaluation. Just about every speaker is going to communicate they are the right fit and ready to impact your audience. While confidence is good to hear, you need to make sure you are hitting a home run and not a bunt with your speaker selection. A 3-point bulletproof check list to safeguard your speaker selection. Follow closely. 1. CLIENT LIST First things first: check the speaker’s client list. Yes, even before watching any video of the speaker. This is HUGE, which is why it’s check point number one. The speaking industry is very competitive. Almost as competitive as professional sports (maybe even more in some regards). You have a free and valuable tool staring you in the face when looking at a speaker’s client list. To whom have they spoken? That is the question that should be at the front of your brain. By taking a deep dive into a speaker’s client list, you will see quickly the caliber of speaker you are working with on the other end. The client list gives you the ability to lean-in on another company’s vetting system of the same speaker you are evaluating. Please take advantage of that. For example, a…

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Join The Journey For Gold

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Hello from McKinney, Texas! Welcome back to my “Bobsled Updates” as I work to Go For Gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Opening Ceremony begins in 327 days (February 9, 2018)! For all the new readers to my bobsled updates, I provide in-depth, behind the scenes, bobsled updates periodically. My updates include some of my training protocol, race outlook and competition thoughts, reviews and expectations moving forward! On a side note, please feel welcome to share, forward, cc, bcc any of my bobsled update emails with your family, friends, co-workers, colleagues or with anyone you wish. For the serious bobsled fans, you can send them this link so they can join themselves. I learned early on in media training to not write, tweet, post or share anything that I wouldn’t feel comfortable talking about on the front page of CNN, Fox, Wall Street Journal or other media outlets.  My goal with these bobsled updates is to provide a unique perspective as a U.S. Olympian with a dream of winning Olympic Gold! I want you to be on the journey with me and see the steps it takes to make a dream come true! FYI — this bobsled update is a little longer then my normal updates, as I have a lot to catch you up on since the 2014 Winter Olympics… OK, lets get to the good stuff, in a 10-point order to catch you up to speed: 1. After the 2014 Olympics, I needed a break — physically and mentally from the grind it took to make the U.S. Olympic Team. There is no question it took a ton of physical effort, but mentally speaking, it was the toughest challenge I have faced to this point of my life. 2. In order to stay physically fit and mentally sharp I started doing CrossFit…

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