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” The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at. “

–Jesse Owens

SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the Achiever within

Not Your Problem

We all have our problems to handle. Sometimes, we worry about our problems so much that when they go away, we don’t know what to do. We are so used to having something to worry about that our mind defaults to searching for a new problem when the old one has been solved. This is when we shift to take on other people’s problems.

How many times have you found yourself getting upset at someone else’s issues? Perhaps, you find yourself getting frustrated because someone you know is making poor choices or not treating there significant other, family member, or co-worker with the respect you assume they deserve. Whatever it is, you are spending your precious time worrying about other people’s problems. This is unhealthy and robbing you of the joy and peace of mind you deserve.

Here’s a bitter pill I had to swallow years ago. You cannot make people act the way you want them to act. I used to look at friends, family, and co-workers and get so frustrated because they were behaving in a way I didn’t approve of. This type of thinking is lunacy because how on earth could you or I determine how someone else should be behaving. We can’t and we shouldn’t. Everyone is different, unique, has shortcomings, and, most importantly, is dealing with things we know nothing about.

Another hard truth is that you are not responsible for fixing other people’s problems. You can advise if asked, but you cannot make it your mission to solve something you think is wrong. Most people do not even think they are wrong and therefore have no desire to change anyway. Change is so rare because the people have to want to work at it for it to happen. Since the change you seek for someone else probably will never become a reality, all you are doing is preventing yourself from enjoying your life

All you can do is focus on your life and making yourself better. You may want to think about your issues and how you can improve yourself. That is the key to creating a life of joy, fulfillment, and satisfaction. As for everything else, it doesn’t matter because it’s simply not your problem to solve.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

A Different Kind of Weight Loss App

When you are listing your professional goals, you most likely leave out anything having to do with losing weight or getting healthy. Even though you think they are not related, you may be surprised to learn they are. Being healthy means you have more energy and can focus with greater clarity throughout the day. Being in shape means you can apply your new-found energy and focus on achieving your highest goals. Noom is here to help you do just that.

Noom is a weight loss app that provides a 16-week personalized plan to help you lose weight and keep it off for good. The app provides you with a customized eating plan designed by registered dietitian nutritionists to ensure their safety and effectiveness. They also provide you with a personal health coach to keep you motivated on track. Lastly, they cover important topics such as emotional eating and how factors like stress and boredom may impact eating decisions.

Noom also includes several unique features, such as:

  • Logging Meals
  • Access To Workout Plans
  • Tracking Workouts
  • Resource Articles
  • Healthy Recipies
  • Goal Setting
  • Progress Tracking

To learn more, download the Noom app on your phone and sign up for free.

LEADERS & INFLUENCERS: Learn from the best

“You’re not a wartime consigliere” – Wartime vs. Peacetime Leadership

TOM HAGEN: Mike, why am I out?

MICHAEL CORLEONE: You’re not a wartime consigliere. Things may get tough with the move we’re trying.

—A scene from The Godfather

Ben Horowitz, one of the most influential venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, defines Wartime and Peacetime leaders in his book The Hard Thing About Hard Things. When the co-founder of Google Larry Page emerged as Google’s CEO, replacing the longtime professional CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, Horowitz declared that the transition marked a massive change for Google as a company and the high-tech field as an industry.

Ben argued, Eric Schmidt was the perfect Peacetime CEO. He was a “gregarious and articulate” leader who was adept at “expanding the market and reinforcing the company’s strengths.” Larry Page’s new job was to be a Wartime CEO, meaning a leader whose job is “fending off an imminent existential threat” by demanding “strict adherence and alignment to the [company’s] mission.”

According to Ben, the Peacetime CEO “focuses on the big picture and empowers her people to make detailed decisions.” The Wartime CEO “cares about a speck of dust on a gnat’s ass if it interfered with the prime directive.” The Peacetime CEO “knows what to do with a big advantage.” The Wartime CEO “is paranoid.” The Peacetime CEO “works to minimize conflict.” The Wartime CEO “heightens the contradictions.”

Peacetime is all about expansion and opportunity, whereas wartime is all about survival of the mission.

Some people are better at building than retrenching, better at defining and expanding a lofty vision than bunkering down into reality, better at getting people motivated than keeping them focused. It may seem easier to be the Peacetime CEO who sets “big, hairy, audacious goals,” than the Wartime CEO who has to fight for their survival, but I’m not sure.

Coming up with big visions, not getting bogged down in practicality or reality, inspiring and motivating others, and opening their minds and hearts to new and unknown things is easy for some people, and they are decidedly better at it than others. Most CEOS seem to have personalities that are suited for one or the other.

I do, however, think a CEO can be both a Peacetime and Wartime CEO, but it’s arduous. Mastering both skillsets means understanding and believing in different management rules and knowing when to follow some and violate others.

Indeed, with the current unsteadiness of the world caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Peacetime leaders need to don their battle armor or find a more capable general. The Wartime CEOs are drawing their swords. And for the leaders who are capable of both Peacetime and Wartime leadership, they are following new management rules and violating others.

Which do you think is easier: winning the war or winning the peace?

ADVENTURE & LIFESTYLE: Live the life you want

Take Me Away, A Secret Place

Achieving doesn’t always have to be a hustle and grind where Mondays blur into Fridays, and we get 6 hours and 12 minutes to ourselves on the weekends between errands, shopping, and chores. Adventure abounds in the most obvious, and yet hidden places. If you look, there are hundreds, literally hundreds, of exciting things to do within a 20-mile radius from where you are if you know how to look.

Like to hike, jog, or walk with Fido? Search for parks near you. We do this every weekend, and we haven’t visited the same place twice in six months. Eating out your thing? Check out some indie restaurants or smaller boutique eateries in places you haven’t been yet. Ax throwing, golf, kayaking, bike riding, zoos, beach days, aquariums, all of these are surprisingly close to where you are, and many you can do with less than $40 in your wallet.

We like to have an informal little list of all the things we’d like to try (we’re still trying to find someone to take us sky-diving) that we can pull from when we feel like getting out.

If you want some excitement and can’t think of how to get it, make a list on your phone of all the stuff you’d like to try. You’re one Google search away from finding somewhere near you that you probably didn’t even know existed. You’ll be surprised at what you find.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills

Bad News Bears

Remember the last time you had to give bad news to someone? It was probably awkward at best and uncomfortable and confrontational at worst. Delivering bad news to someone doesn’t have to be so…bad. No one enjoys giving bad news (unless you’re telling your mother-in-law there’s no room on honeymoon trip for her), but it doesn’t have to be so painful.

In “Never Split The Difference,” Chris Voss, a retired FBI negotiator, explains how to best lay it out. When talking to someone, either in person or over the phone, give it to them straight and quickly. “John, some bad news, we lost the contract.” “Samantha, unfortunately, I can’t keep tonight’s dinner date.” Don’t do what most people do and let the air of unpleasantness hang around you while struggling to speak and find the best words to use, just get it out there. Waiting and allowing the potential news simmer into anxiety is worse than just putting the facts out there.

There’s less focus on you and less stress on how to say it rather than when to say it. The person you’re speaking to will appreciate you being direct and straightforward and not making them nervous and apprehensive by asking them to “sit down” or saying “you’re not gonna like this but..”. Yuck, we’re getting shivers just thinking about it. Say the bad news first. Then go into what the news is.


In honor of the Fourth of July this weekend, here is some trivia to share with your friends & family.

Three presidents who signed the Declaration of Independence died on July 4. Can you name them?

Answer below.

1% BETTER: Improve each day

Change your temperature settings on your phone to Celsius for one week to become acquainted with the equivalent temperature to Fahrenheit.

Answer: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826 — on the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence. James Monroe died five years later on July 4, 1831.