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Believe me, your mornings could be much better!

good-morningsSome mornings I struggle to drag myself out of bed.  I know there are many people that suffer from this same problem, and I wish I had the solution to this issue.  I find myself using music to wake myself up most mornings and that seems to help.  Then I got the bright idea to try some music I don’t enjoy.  The idea being that I’ll want to get up and going, but I found myself waking up in a less than positive mood.  Some mornings, getting myself into the bathroom and splashing cold water on my face works.  While other mornings, setting my alarm early enough to get up on my own terms works best.

The awesome people over at DailyBurn have a great article on this, and how to trick yourself into becoming a “morning person”.  In this case, the term refers to someone that can bound out of bed and run right into the day.  However, the parts that I find most difficult are getting 8 hours of sleep, and powering down.  I pride myself on being a new entrepreneur, but just like the rest, I never seem to have time.  With my 8-5 job and a desire to spend time with my beautiful wife and child, when can I do “my stuff”?  So I take from my sleep time.

Whether at the start or end of the sleep cycle, I am stealing the time from myself, right?  However, one thing I would like to try is just waking up earlier.  One of the keys in the article I linked to was to give yourself a reason to wake up.  What better reason than some valuable “me” time to work on my projects?

Though I do like to call myself a “morning person”, I still have some work to do.  Maybe I need to just go all in and try out The Rock Clock

Thinking on your feet…

When I was younger, first grade to be exact, I remember walking into class one day and seeing a friend of mine sitting in the back row of the classroom with a pretty bouquet of flowers on his desk.  Walking up to him, I asked what they were for, but he simply responded with “…it’s a surprise.”

Well, as a kid, that is just music to theflowers-roses-bouquet ears.  After all who doesn’t like a surprise.  But the surprise wasn’t for me, I didn’t even like flowers.  Still, I found myself wondering what kind of surprise would involve a boy and flowers.  Obviously he intended them for a girl, but in first grade girls had “cooties”.  So I sat there for what seemed like an eternity, though it was probably more like 10 minutes.  By then, the teacher had come in and gotten herself settled, and began looking around the classroom while preparing for attendance.

She began calling names and it was almost like in a movie.  “The” girl walked in, and you could see the boy’s eyes light up.  She sat in front of him, so it was only a matter of her walking 25 feet to the desk.  But the teacher was only 12 feet away, and walking in the same direction.  The boy didn’t even notice the teacher walking in his direction, as he was clearly focused on the girl.  He snapped out of his daze when the teacher called his name while in front of his desk.  He looked up and said, “here!”  The teacher looked down and saw him holding the flowers in his hand, and took them from him.  She had mistaken his “here” of attendance as a “here” of presenting a gift.

Now we were all around six years old and, for the most part, didn’t like to act in any way that would “rock the boat.”  Thinking quickly and seeing what was happening, he shifted gears to try and be smooth, or at least as smooth as any 6 year old can be.  He told the teacher that he had picked them out for her.

It made the teacher’s day, and though he felt crushed that his gift was given away to the wrong person, it was handled quite well.

Of course fear, or respect for authority is what made him behave the way he did.  Everyone has been in a similar situation, though, where our intentions were misconstrued.  Some people are better at handling these situations than others.  I have found that making more of an effort to be “in the moment” has helped me greatly with handling these events.  I’ll continue to work on this since it seems to be the recipe for success and one of the keys to happiness.

Onward and Upward!

What makes you so Great?

The other day, I was talking to my sister and she mentioned that her husband had just finished the Spartan Beast, and she sent me over his time.  His rankings were great!  I looked at those numbers with envy because I am not a runner.  It just does not appeal to me to chase after, or be chased by, some imaginary object.  I will admit that I have run a Spartan before, but it was the Sprint, (so much shorter.)  My time was garbage, in my eyes, but many good things came from it.

First, I was not last to cross the finish line that day so someone, somewhere thought my time was incredible.  Second, I had an opportunity to run with some top-caliber people.  People that I continue to look to for guidance in my unending quest for greatness.  They push me, consciously or not, to be better than I already am.  Lastly, I learned that my body is capable of some truly powerful stuff.  Sure, I may not need to scale a wall 60% taller than I am, but I could.

Most importantly, I did it.  Looking back, there were things that could have gone a lot better, but that is how life is.  Why would we ever do things multiple times if there was no way of improving over last time?  The Spartan Races are a lifestyle for some, a hobby for even more, and an enigma for others.  This last group says things like, “yeah but why would you even do that?”

Made up of doubters, this last group is found in nearly any activity you can choose to do with your life.  I started an athletic apparel company in February of 2016, Aggro Clothing, and plenty of people asked me why?  My answer is still the same now as it was back then, because I read an article on A Better Lemonade Stand that said I could do it.  Turns out, I could.  The knowledge I have gained through playing with Aggro and my other two ventures, (an arbitrage company and a supplements brand that I’m currently working on) has been invaluable.

Is it always sunny, absolutely not, but without those rainy days, the sunny ones start to get boring.  I don’t know if people are born entrepreneurs, but it was not until I was 30 that I started my first company.  Not all of us are like Robert Kiyosaki, allegedly melting down metal in our driveway as a kid trying to “make” money, (this was from Rich Dad, Poor Dad.)  It seems most of the big names in entrepreneurial spirit started as kids, or they have all these stories to show how they were born into this.  I say to you, right now, if you have an idea then explore it.  I don’t care if you are 8 or 80.

What makes me so great?  I think it is my attitude that the opinions of others belong to them.  I am going to try something simply because I felt like it, and if it pans out then I’ll help others.  If it doesn’t work out for me, I’ll share my mistakes.

What Makes You So Great?