Don’t Pee in your Gas Tank!


Man, what a ride! I took the Jaguar F-Type R for a test drive the other day. 550 horsepower. 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. Starting price: over $100,000.

We’re flying down the roads, twists, turns, hills – we’re screaming!

And then it happened:

We ran out of gas!

Can you believe it? I’m driving one of the finest production cars in existence, capable of doing more than pretty much any other car on the road today, and we’re sitting by the road watching others go by.

Talk about embarrassing! I watched a grandma and grandpa that I had passed about 10 miles back drive slowly creep right on by. A DATSUN actually passed me, and they haven’t made those in 30 years!

The Jag F-type R is one of the top of the line automobiles in mass production today, and it’s completely worthless.

Without gasoline.

You and I are exactly the same way.

Motivation is what powers us. It is our gasoline! I don’t care how great you are, how smart you are, how talented you are; if you’re not inspired to do what you do, you’re not going to do it! You’ll run out of gas.

Oh, you may see it as something different: ‘I didn’t have time for it; Something got in the way; it just didn’t work out.’ But the truth is, you ran out of gas. You ran out of motivation.

If you truly want to excel in ANYTHING, your marriage, your job, weight loss, ANYTHING, you need to continuously fill your tank.

I love what Zig Ziglar said, “People say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

Fill your tank every day with inspirational reading. Inspirational movies. Inspirational audios. Nothing gets me going more than listening to one of the great speakers of the world like Martin Luther King, Jr. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to his ‘I have a dream’ speech. Nobody’s going to pass me by when I’ve listened to something like that!

I’ve been listening to motivational audios like Zig Ziglar and Tony Robbins since I was in high school.   People continuously say that I have the energy of 5 normal people. Of course I do! I have some of the greatest people in the world inspiring me every single day! ‘

Filling your head with the normal media garbage, or listening to people complain, or a reality show where people yell at each other all of the time, is like peeing in your gas tank and expecting that car to function; you’re not going anywhere – except maybe downhill…!

Passion To Move Mountains – The Oxcart Technique will teach you how to be the most powerful you could possibly be every single day.  Read it, do it, fill your tank with good gasoline, and watch how well you perform!

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The day I got eaten by Zombies

WHAT A KICK!  Last week,  my family and I recently were paid extras on the hit TV show Z Nation.  My sons, Seth and Logan, got to be Zombies – it was a dream come true for them.  My wife and I were sports fans.  I can tell you:  my perception of acting, and being an extra, was completely wrong.  You see these stars on the red carpet, and think that life is just so easy for them.  I assumed, quite wrongly, that we would show up, stand around for a couple of hours, quickly shoot a couple of scenes, and call it good.  BOY, WAS I WRONG.

Our casting call was 5:15 in the morning.  After a GRUELING (no pun intended) day, we finally left after 10 PM – one of the hardest days I’ve put in in decades.  Get this:  a 30 second scene probably takes about 2 HOURS to shoot.  A 30 SECOND SCENE!  We were tired, we were hungry, we were thirsty – we were DONE.

But in amongst it all was one of the stars, Anastasia Baranova (‘Addy’ in the show).  She worked as hard, if not harder, than anyone there, but through the whole thing she’s singing, making jokes, going out of her way to be kind to fans.  The entire crew was great, but standing out in front of it all was Anny, keeping everyone in a great mood, despite how exhausted she must have been after so many of these grueling weeks.

AND THAT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IS LEADERSHIP.  As a leader, we set the tone for everything around us!  We no longer have the luxury of being in a bad mood, or tired, or treating those around us poorly, no matter the circumstances.  We are leading, every minute of every day – the questions is:  are we leading for the good, or for the bad?  People are always watching us – we’re out front.  They will follow our lead, good or bad.

Remember that as you’re going through your day.  As you’re around your children.  Your coworkers.  Your friends.  You ARE changing the world, just by existing in it.  You ARE changing the attitudes and beliefs of those around you.

Today, make it a conscious effort to lead for the good.

And the world will, indeed, be a better place; just because you were in it!


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The Start of Something New

Starting something new is often very hard, isn’t it?

Here I am, in my view, a regular guy: I’m a scoutmaster who goes camping with a whole bunch of crazy kids. I drink beer and have poker games with my friends. I argue with my teenage boys. I pick up dog poo in the yard. What am I going to say that is of interest to anyone? How do I even start a blog when I’ve never blogged before in my life?

Our self-doubts and fears often hold us back don’t they? “People will laugh at me. Or worse, they’ll ignore me. Why would people listen to me? What if I fail – again?’

Then others tell me, ‘Are you kidding? Shut up! You came from the poorest city in the country, on the wrong end of an assault rifle at age 13, and became a millionaire who does philanthropic work around the globe! Your books are getting 5 star reviews because THEY HELP PEOPLE! Why would you NOT start a blog??!

Our own self-perceptions are so often different than the way others view us.

I love this poem:

Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.


So maybe, for both you and I, maybe it IS time to let our voices be heard. Those who disagree or dislike our message may disregard it, but those who need our message will hear it – and it just might change their life.

So, with that in mind, I write my first blog. What are YOU going to do today to make your voice heard?