Personal Developement

The song from Switchfoot comes to mind.  “This is your life. [Are you who you want to be?]

Personal Development I think is at the core of everything.   I’m a father and I tell my children (I’m really reminding myself) that “youhow-to-win are a piece of clay and can be shaped into anything you like.”  I ask them “Who is it that is the sculpture?”  They answer of course that they are. They also know that my wife and I help them sculpt themselves as well.  This is because without our help, they will never live up to their potential.

Are you living up to your potential?  Are you all that you can be?  Are you all that you had hoped you’d be?   There is a balance I believe between being secure, comfortable and at peace with your yourself; liking yourself and being unsatisfied with yourself as well?

What I mean is “Are we done?” Are you done?  Can you do more? Be more?  Do you want more?  Are you living the best life you can, enjoying it the most you can?  We only get one shot.

I dont know if everyone feels this way it is the only way I know how to feel.  Yes it is a balance, yes you can get “down on yourself” but this too takes experience to recognize.  Rome is not built in day.


I have thought my children that your conscious mind and unconscious mind are like an iceberg.  Most of who you are and what you do is on autopilot.  So, why not dilute all of the negative things down with positive information; create the iceberg the way that we want it to be.




My little girl asked me about a book I was reading. It led to a conversation and this napkin drawing about the conscious and subconscious mind.






One of the best pieces of advice I have ever heard was that “Leaders are Readers and Readers are Leaders”.  I also come from the school of “Your car is your University”, meaning that wherever you’d go, you need to be listening to positive material, filling your mind.  Purposely. Besides books like How to Win Friends and Influence People, which you can not read too many times, I love the classics. One of my favorites is Orison Swett Marden. He was one of the original influencers of Napoleon Hill and his writings are amazing.  They are also near poetic in who they are written.

See for yourself.








“The Miracle of Right Thought” by Orison Swett Marden


marden_every_Man_a_kingEveryman a King” by Orison Swett Marden