Make This the Best Year Yet

How was your 2016?  Good?  Bad?

How do you want your 2017 to be?  I think everyone wants to be optimistic and hopeful for the new year.

Planning, preparing, and goal setting certainly don’t guarantee success – but I do believe that a plan increases our chances of success.

In the spirit of preparing to hit the starting line, enjoy the article below from my buddy Michael Josephson.

Jaime

 

The tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions reflects one the very best qualities of human nature – the ability to reflect on and assess our lives in terms of the goals we set for ourselves and the principles we believe in.

It’s still not too late to formulate a self-improvement plan to make our outer lives and inner selves better by adopting more positive attitudes, living up to our highest values, and strengthening our relationships.

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Hepp’s Stock Tip for 2017:  Bet on Liam Boyer

Do you know what it feels like to exhaust yourself, give everything you have, bring the most and best out of yourself, and then win a championship?
A couple of months ago, I was lucky enough to watch a baseball classic come to and end when the Chicago Cubs won in 10 innings of Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians.  I watched the players jump up and down, yell, scream, high five, hug, and celebrate like champions.  To me it doesn’t matter what the sport is, I just love watching winners give everything they have and get super emotional after.
Saturday night (December 17, 2016) was another one of those moments.
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Every year, I host a really fun weekend for the Top Players in our group of companies.  This year, we had about 120 people come to Los Angeles for another action packed weekend.  As the teams were put together for the Big Bear Classic, Liam was asked to take on a tricky task.  His powerhouse (Picha) was in a position to lead a team himself, and Liam and Wanis would then have to partner up to put together a “marmalade team” from two different organizations.
I felt for Liam – as I thought there was a good chance that this team might come in dead last just simply because there will be a lack of synergy since the team spawned from two orgs and because Liam’s star player was now a competitor.
We started off bright and early on Saturday morning with a “running event”, and it was followed up with a 7-person ski event.  Gareth Roberts proved in the preliminary heats that his team was unbelievable with the skis.  These guys basically figured out how to run in these crazy skis.  I was so confident that Gareth’s team would win, I bet my buddy Cog-A-Dog a beer that Gareth’s team would blow Liam’s out of the water.  This was my second time mistakingly betting against Liam.  Liam’s team squeeked out the W, and I found myself chugging a Miller Lite.
As the contest went on, Liam found himself going head-to-head with the mighty Joe Nolan team in the finals.  Joe’s team (in my opinion) won the “team spirit” award as they were hyped, loud, and winning most challenges.  Somehow Liam’s team won 5 straight beer pong games to pull off the championship.  It was an unbelievable run and an unbelievable weekend.
Congratulations Liam, Wanis, Rod, Phil, Patrick, Randi, Danny, Christopher, James, and Sonia.  You guys are winners, and you were lead by a winner.  You guys stepped up to the challenges, you bonded and became one unit, and you taught us all some great lessons.
  • Never under-estimate a couple of men that served this country (these guys know how to win).
  • Never under-estimate an “Angry Rod” – when this guy is focused – he brings himself to a new level.
  • Never under-estimate the swag and quiet diplomacy of the Egyptian – he made sure all dialog on the team was positive (not one ounce of negative energy…. ever).
  • Never upset Randi.  2016 hasn’t exactly been kind to her, but she refused to let the year end on any kind of loss.
  • Never refer to Phil as Samuel L. Jackson.
  • It doesn’t make sense to bet against Patrick considering he’s higher than a kite – he’s starting his first business next week.
  • And when you have a couple of rookies like Danny and Sonia – you never know what you’ll get.  These rooks brought their best and showed us that the new guys are optimistic and expect the best from themselves.
  • And of course, we learned that Liam Boyer understands and exhibits the Law of Victory:  Winners Find a Way to Win.

Liam gave us an exclamation mark for 2016, and he’s telling us all he can compete with the best of us.  I am betting on Liam’s Organization winning in 2017, and we will crown a new Org Consultant within the next 18 months.

One of my stock tips for 2017:  buy Boyer stock.  It’s on the rise.

Jaime

Check out this video from our Top Gun/BBC Weekend!

Preparing for the new year?  Prepare to reinvent yourself.

My first computer (back in the day) was the Commodore 64 (named after it’s “powerful” 64 kilobytes of RAM).  As a kid, it was exciting to see how cool it was to have “the latest and greatest”.
It didn’t take long to realize that we had a piece of junk taking up space in our home.  Over the years, with every fancy technology upgrade I’ve purchased, I have experienced this “piece of junk” feeling within a shorter and shorter period of time.
A couple of years ago I purchased a Tesla.  As I marveled about this great technology, I thought to myself, “How many years from now am I going to say ‘Yeah, my first electric car was the old piece of junk Tesla.  It only gave me 265 miles on a charge.’?”  People would laugh because every electric car will have a minimum of a 1000 mile range.  Will it be 5 years from now?  10 years from now?  I don’t know – but I am sure that we will all laugh at how brutal our technology was in 2016.
Is it really that different when it comes to ourselves?  I look back at my 20’s and it’s embarrassing.  I was so sure I had it all figured out.  I knew so much.  Then, with a little time, a little humility, and a bunch of experience, I realize that the older I get the more I realize I don’t know.  (Is it possible I’m getting dumber with age?)
We MUST reinvent ourselves.  We MUST become better versions of ourselves, otherwise we risk becoming obsolete.  Not only obsolete to our careers, but obsolete to our social lives, our emotional health, our physical health, our spiritual lives.
To me, the holiday time sparks a time for reflection.  Out with the old, in with the new.  What do I not like about my life?  What do I like about my life?  What are my biggest priorities?  What do I want in the new year?  How can I better myself in the new year?
I hope that we all find time over the holiday season to ask ourselves some very important questions.  None of us want to run our lives on an outdated platform.  Let’s reinvent ourselves and be the best versions of ourselves in the new year.
– Jaime

 

Thoughts for the new year – by Michael Josephson

I hope the past year will go down in your book of life as one filled with great pleasures and grand memories. But whether the year was good, bad, or indifferent, I hope you’ll enter the new year wiser and stronger for your experiences, and optimistic that the best is yet to come.

A vital quality of a happy and successful personal and professional life is continual growth spurred by a commitment to learn through study and experience. This requires the humility to accept that however good you are you can get better and the ambition to be better.

As you look forward to the future – the place where you’ll spend the rest of your life – it’s smart to look back at the immediate past and objectively assess what went well and what didn’t in your job, your relationships, your health, and your overall sense of fulfillment. What did you learn that can make your life better?

If you had a bad year, it’s possible you were a wholly innocent victim, or maybe your own actions or attitudes contributed to serious grief or unhappiness. Either way, please accept my best wishes and sincere condolences. Please be careful, however, not to wallow in sorrow, sympathy, shame, or self-doubt. Don’t allow yesterday’s pain to become tomorrow’s suffering.

Be accountable, but be fair to yourself.

Start the next stage of your life’s journey with optimism and confidence.

Remember, you’re the captain of your own ship. Take the wheel, choose your course, and get on your way.

There may be rough seas ahead, but there will also be enough achievement, growth, reconciliation, and true joy to make the journey worth it.

Abe Lincoln pointed out that one of the good things about the future is it always comes one day at a time.

May this new year be your best year – so far.

Millennials: Why are they unhappy?

H = R – E
Happiness = Reality – Expectations
That really makes a lot of sense.
Millennials (and other generations) should expect great lives.  I don’t think there is anything wrong with high hopes and grand expectations.  I think the big challenging question is this:  In what time frames should I expect these great things?  Greatness will come over years of mastering your craft.  As long as we all understand the 10,000 Rule (it takes 10,000 hours of practice to be considered an expert), then I think we’ll all be in great shape.
Enjoy the read.
Jaime
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Rain Delay Speech

 

There is a serious leadership moment when Heyward called a Team Meeting (Players only) during the rain delay in Game 7.

Heyward’s message, via MLB.com:

“I told them I love them. I told them I’m proud of the way they overcame everything together. I told them everyone has to look in the mirror, and know everyone contributed to this season and to where we are at this point. I said, ‘I don’t know how it’s going to happen, how we’re going to do it, but let’s go out and try to get a W.'”

Great lessons for all of us.  We all have moments when we need to give the right speech at the right time.
When has been a time in your life when you heard the right thing at the right time?  Have you been the person that needed to give this speech?  Comment below!
Jaime

Watch the Speech here: Rain Delay Speech