Joy & Hustle: Behind the Scenes of Building a Brand While Still Having A Life

29029 Part 2 - Blow Up Your Routine

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After spending a magical weekend in Utah climbing up a mountain for nearly 30 straight hours, meeting so many incredible friends and pushing my body and mind to the next level, I spent a long flight home pondering the big picture takeaways.  So, for over 2 hours, I drank a ton of water, squirmed in an uncomfortable plane seat, thought and wrote everything down.  At the end of the flight, I looked at my notes and thought, “Did someone put vodka in my water bottle?”  The notes were a mess of words, phrases, two full pages of paragraph form thoughts,...

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A New Perspective on the Roller Coaster

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Life as an entrepreneur often feels like riding a roller coaster.  To be more precise, a big roller coaster with lots of steep hills, some loops, and no safety belts.  There are points at the top of the hill, when you look around see all the scary things in front of you that you want to just scream “Let me off!”  But, that doesn’t happen, the roller coaster keeps moving forward and you plunge down the hill.  You then have the choice make -- keep screaming or change your perspective and enjoy the ride. The latter part is much easier...

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29029 Part 1 of 2, The Story

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29029  Part 1 of 2, The Story The lessons I learned from hiking up a mountain for almost 30 straight hours. I am an ordinary person.   I believe that I was blessed with a few extraordinary gifts.  By in large, I don’t fully understand the gifts.  That is part of my life journey – to gain awareness, maximize and share these gifts.  Two weeks ago, I traveled to Utah to participate in an event called 29029.  During this event two of those gifts were unlocked in a magnitude that scared and excited me.  This is The Story.  The Life and...

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A Whirlwind 48 Hours

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The famous green penguins at 21C Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas. Celebrating Walmart's Made in America Initiative with the owners of Crazy Richards Peanut Butter and RedHead Wines! The hiking trails of Bentonville, Arkansas. The past 48 hours have been a bit of a blur for us.  This is a travel week, which seems to put the ultimate strain on being both an entrepreneur and a parent (and trying not to completely screw up either role).  Into a 48 hour time period, we crammed a lot of action.  Here’s a summary: Tuesday evening: Panic when I realize that I haven’t packed...

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GET OUT. DO MORE.

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GET OUT. DO MORE. As we looked for inspiration to start the next chapter of 50 STRONG, we looked at the most important parts of our life and worked to narrow it down to as few variables as possible (sorry for the calculus reference, you’ll have to excuse my inner nerd surfacing).  Family.  Friends.  Valuing experiences over material possession.  Less comfort, more growth.  And one of our greatest challenges of all, making sure we share all of this with our children.   The result of this deep dive was a common theme: we needed to GET OUT.  DO MORE.  This theme...

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