NEWS FLASH: I’ve moved to www.rustylionacademy.com!

When I began blogging here at rustylion.com, I intended to shut this site down after chronicling my three-year journey to the 2011 National Cycling Championships.

But, after achieving my goal and winning the National Championship, plans changed.

My lifetime friend, Robert Mallon, and I joined forces to build a new business, Rusty Lion Academy.

At Rusty Lion Academy, Robert and I offer personalized, comprehensive mentoring and executive business coaching to entrepreneurial men between the ages of 30 and 49. Our ideal student wants a life coach to stand beside them as they build outer wealth through business ownership, deep inner significance through rich relationships and an extraordinary life.

You can read all about this new adventure, what we are doing over at Rusty Lion Academy and how you can benefit by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you over on the other side!

Letters to my son – Life Principle #10

Mark, here is the last and final segment of the series you asked me to write, Top Ten Life Principles I Would Teach A Son If I Were To Have One At This Stage Of My Life.

HAVE FUN, LIVE LARGE

Ever wonder where all the fun went?

When you started out in life, play time filled your day. Then, you started growing up. As the years passed, work, responsibility and structure slowly but surely replaced fun, recess and free time. Now, months away from college graduation, you will soon face the even less-playful-than-school “real world”: working for a living.

When did “go out and play” become “get to work?”

Despite what you hear, there are three good reasons to pursue fun, live large and embrace a playful life: it’s healthier, it’s got better perspective and it’s aligned with God’s heart.

Play Your Way to Better Health and Performance

“Be laborious and diligent in your callings and labour…”Richard Baxter, Puritan leader

Our Puritan DNA nurtured the “work hard” ethic we Americans value. Long work hours are commendable. Many of today’s employees actually feel guilty if they aren’t working way too much. The result of this mentality? Think Scrooge in Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Days with energizing play, blossoming curiosity and energy release have been replaced by mundane, humdrum drudgery.

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Letters to my son – Life Principle #9

Remember way back in 2011 when you asked me to share with you the Top Ten Life Principles I would teach a son if I were to have one at this stage of my life?

Time has passed since that day! Back then, you had just started college. Now, you are only months away from college graduation and the next exciting step forward into your life adventure! Anyway, I haven’t forgotten so here goes with #9.

EXPECT MORE

The last eight principles are important parts of my life compass. But, even though it’s towards the bottom of my Top Ten List, today’s principle is the most important of the ten. It’s also the hardest to live by.

Jabez prayed to God “Oh, that you would bless me and
enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep
me from harm so that I will be free from pain. And God granted
his request.” (1 Chronicles 4:10)

In this super short prayer, Jabez asked God to “bless me” and “enlarge my territory.” He asked God to give him “more” in his life. Then, God “granted his request.” He gave Jabez what he asked for.

After reading that, you might ask yourself, “That’s it? I just ask God for something and He gives it to me?” Sounds nice and easy like an every-tickets-a-winner heavenly lottery? Sorry to rain on this parade, but experience tells me that this is not how things work.

I remember asking for “more” lots of times. Sometimes, I got something but not what I asked for. Sometimes, I got nothing. Sometimes, I got worse. So, why do I like this passage enough to build a Life Principle around it?

Because I believe it speaks to something you will want to use to anchor the structure of your life’s foundation: the belief of anticipation.

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Building Your Own Snake Oil Detection Radar, part 5

Let’s wrap up my “Building a Snake Oil Detection Radar” five-part series. Today, let’s look at what to do when, despite all your best efforts, it all goes wrong and you end up in relationship with a Snake Oil Salesman.

There are only a handful of“Real Deal” people around so they are easy to miss. You are building your Snake Oil Detection Radar to discover them among most everybody else you’ll meet. I divide this pool of “everybody else” into two groups of Snake Oil Salesman:

The Unintentional. Most Snake Oil Salesman innocently stretch the truth and cloud the facts. They just get carried away trying to be liked, hired and loved. Sure, you could say they lack integrity. But, I have found that they sincerely mean well and usually don’t cross over the “white lie” line. Tall tales are red flags but remember that most tall tales are benign. It is a judgement call but if you know who you are dealing with and what you are looking out for, I think it is okay to engage with caution.

The Intentional. You really need to watch out for this very small group of Snake Oil Salesmen.

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My Friend, Chris, Writes On The Lighter Side

My friend Chris Huff writes a daily blog that I enjoy very much. I have known him for a long time which makes me understand where he is writing from. His past and related story increases the value of what he shares.

Usually, he is teaching valuable business and leadership lessons. However, today he made me laugh. If you are working as a leader, manager or employee (I guess that means anyone in the workplace), I think you will find this one to be a fun read:

Engineering Humor

by anysinglestrand

I am a huge Dilbert fan.  This one ran yesterday and cracked me up! But today, I wanted to share an old favorite from my “Engineer Humor” archives:

A man in a hot air balloon realized that he was lost.  He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below.  He descended a bit more and shouted “Excuse me – can you help me?  I promised a friend that I would meet him an hour ago but I don’t know where I am.” 

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