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15 Aug If You Need a Change, Don’t Rule Out a Pay Cut

The other day I had a conversation with my dad about how he became a carpenter in the mid-1970s. Immediately after graduating high school, he worked a factory job at Hamilton's in Manitowoc, Wisconsin making $2.75 per hour. Within 2 weeks, he realized that factory...

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07 Aug What I Learned from People Who Were Dying

I recently led a workshop called, "How to Do the Most Important Things When You're Already Busy." We worked through 10 different behaviors to ensure laser-focus on the things that deeply matter. Number six was, "Say No." I shared a story from author Bronnie Ware, who...

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27 Jul What I Learned from Being Defriended on Facebook

Have you ever been defriended on Facebook? Recently, I was. It all started with a mission called Hydrate the Homeless MKE. My wife, Rachel, put up a post that explained their mission -- providing water for people who are homeless. She also shared that our house was a...

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18 Apr The Best Way to Commit to Something: Set a Deadline!

 A lot of people ask me, “How did you become a professional speaker?” In May of 2009, I was a General Manager at the Wisconsin Athletic Club. It was the night of our quarterly new-hire orientation where we teach the company’s history, philosophy and goals. My...

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11 Feb Tired of Reading? Get Inspired with 5 Videos.

Tired of reading? Click on one or all of my new videos below. Within each video, there is a call to action; a call to make today the day that you are going to change. SHIFT: Move from Frustrated to Fulfilled (69 Minutes -- Full Keynote) How I Overcame My...

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15 Aug 6 Reasons to Recognize a Humble Employee Who is Quietly Making a ‘Mark’

  Recently, my friend and Wisconsin Athletic Club colleague, Mark Baumhardt, turned the big 4-0. To celebrate, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Eddie Martini’s in Milwaukee. During our conversation, I asked him, “What word or phrase do you think best describes you?” Mark replied, “Dependable....

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18 Jul Do You Really Need Multiple Priorities?

 How many priorities do you have? Three? Five? Ten? If you’re anything like me, you have an overcommitment problem and have been pondering a number of priorities. For my speaking business, do I want to write a second book, build an online course, or try...

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10 May 10 Life Lessons from Working at a Gym for 10 Years

In 2007 and 2008, I was living in Utah and working as the director of player development for the University of Utah men’s basketball team. When Rachel and I arrived in 2007, it was a new beginning and we were excited about what our future...

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