What an interesting experience I had yesterday. I was speaking to a fantastic company, Modern Woodmen of America yesterday afternoon. They are based only 20 miles from where I live. I had everything prepped and ready for the program and was just running some errands yesterday morning.
I had just replaced my radiator in my car a couple of weeks ago and was shocked to find smoke/steam pouring from the hood (this is 90 minutes prior to me being on stage!) Upon opening it, I had found a fist sized hole in a radiator hose. After a few frantic phone calls, I located the crucial $13 replacement. It was only 8 miles away and I set out to begin my journey. 4 miles out, my car was red lining the temperature gauge.
I pulled over and called Autozone (the auto parts store) after briefly explaining my situation (this is now 60 minutes prior to my engagement!) they sent out an employee who replaced the part and got me on my way within 5 minutes.
Needless to say, this great display of outstanding customer service will not only endear me to that company, but I will also be able to praise them everywhere I speak.
Go out of your way to wow someone.!
Oh yeah, after this "angel" came out and helped me, I couldn't wait to repay the favor. Last night on the way to a meeting, I met a gentleman with a flat tire on the side of the highway. His tire taker offer thinger was broken so I popped out and changed it for him. When God smiles on you, don't hesitate to help someone else!
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I am really starting to develop a love for running. Road running, trail running; I don't care. 5 months ago if someone would have asked me to go running, my reply would have been, "from what?"
I found myself hitting a wall of about 4-5 miles on a run. I decided to go out to the park near my house for some trail running. I found out a very important lesson: If you are running and lost, you keep running until you figure out where you are! I tried that on Sunday and ran 10 miles! I did it again today and did 7! I realize there are little devices that will tell you where you are, but that is just too high tech!
I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Calgary. I had the opportunity to address a couple of hundred people from 60 different countries. What an honor! When I was on my way back, I was visiting with a guy who is a general contractor for casinos all over the United States.
The young lady sitting next to me on the plane is a college student and would love to intern at a casino. She said it loud enough that the above mentioned guy heard it. "No problem. Give me your contact information when we get off the plane and I'll help you with that." he said.
None of this would have happened if she wouldn't have openly stated what she wanted. Many times people will tell you what they don't want. Then guess what? They get more of it!
If there is something you would like, shout it from the rooftops!
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Running here, there and everywhere. Many of us are busier than we could have ever imagined. We over commit and forget to fill up ourselves because we are trying to give it to everyone else.
I had lunch with a great friend, Tom, yesterday. He just retired this past fall and shared something with me that struck me as profound. He said," Dave, I used to just look at the flowers and see flowers. Now I am able to see the construction, colors, and composition. It is so sweet! When we get older, the days fly by quicker because we know that the time we have on this earth is limited. Enjoy the ride from the beginning".
Profound. My suggestion is that you pay close attention to what you are doing. Take the time to relax and have some "you time" sit on your deck and watch the river go by with a loved one. Play catch with your kids. Go have lunch at your kid's school. Listen.
Many times we look at some task as being insurmountable. Let's take physical fitness, for example. Someone who is obese and has been sedentary for years looks at their friend who is in great shape and thinks, "I could never do that. There is no way I can work out for 45 minutes!"
Here's a newsflash: You didn't get in your present condition overnight and you won't get out of it overnight either. Perhaps your first step is to put on your gym shoes and drive to the gym. Maybe you start with a 5 minute workout. Gradually you build upon your past day's success until you begin to see and feel some results.
The same is true with all aspects of life. In today's age of instant gratification we want it all and we want it yesterday. Just keep in mind that everything in life is a process.