Puffin Success

My wife and I were introduced to the magnificent puffin bird while honeymooning on Skellig Michael in Ireland. (This is the location of the final scene of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. By the way, you must add this island to your travels. If you don’t believe me ask Luke Skywalker.)

Puffins are, well, ‘awkward’ to say the least. They are not graceful. Heck, I am amazed they fly at all.

But they do succeed. As a matter of fact, they THRIVE in some of the world’s harshest weather conditions.

What is their secret formula for success?

They jump. 
They are clear that they want to go and then they GO.
Well, that’s not their entire story of success because after they jump off the edge of a monstrous cliff, they immediately start flapping.
Flapping HARD.
And their flapping effort does NOT help.
They fall like a stone. (I gasped when I saw the first jump from the cliff because it was so clumsy & I thought I was witnessing a ‘puffincide’.)
And they keep falling.

And flapping like hell.

And falling some more.

And trusting.

And flapping.
Trusting that their efforts will mix with the forces of gravity and wind and that their efforts will work – all in spite of visual evidence to the contrary.
And, because they keep flapping and trusting it eventually works!
In the blink of an eye, they are magically transformed from an awkward creature doomed to fail into a majestic, soaring, glorious image of success!
What can you learn from the puffin?
1. Identify an important area in your life (fitness, money, career, romantic relationship, spiritual, etc.) : _____________

2. What EXACTLY do you want in this area of your life? _____________
(Do you want to jump?)

3. What is the next actionable behavior you will take to move you toward #2 : _____________
(Are you flapping like hell?)

4. How long will you act until you succeed? : _____________
(read: flap like hell from #3)

Go be the best version of yourself by taking action before you are ready and focusing on your progress, not perfection!

Direction is More Important than Speed

Perhaps it’s because we live in an instant gratification world.
Perhaps it’s because we’re humans and we just want what we want and we want it now!
Regardless, the philosophy of “direction being more important than speed” is showing up frequently in topics such as:

  • Health (eating healthy, losing weight / getting stronger /running faster)
  • Money (saving for retirement, getting out of debt, buying a new house)
  • Relationships (Getting a date, surrounding yourself with good people, finding a life partner)
  • Habits (tobacco, flossing, positive attitude)

Tip: First, get crystal clear on your desired result.

Bonus Tip:
Enjoy the process! Because life is too short to delay happiness until you ‘arrive’.



Are your routine actions aligned with your desired outcomes?


Lessons from vacation: 7 Days without technology

1995 was the last time I went 7 straight days without technology. No internet. No social media. No texting. Nada. Here’s what one ‘tech free’ week recently taught me:


It’s easy to break the technology “habit” when…

  • You are intentional about doing so
  • You can count on your team back at work
  • You have provided emergency contact information to folks back home in case of emergencies

I missed technology when…

  • I wanted to enrich my experience by learning more about something (animal, weather patterns, historical marker, etc.)
  • I reached for my iPhone out of habit – no reason – just a habit.


I learned…

  • I do not need technology
  • I benefit from technology
  • I LOVED feeling connected to my wife and family without distraction
  • 535 emails upon my return didn’t make a bit of difference in the scope of my life
    • 95 minutes to delete/file/forward all but 84 of those emails
    • New approach – I started ignoring email all but twice per day. (Think about it… if I can eliminate 84% of a week’s worth of emails in an hour and a half, my productivity should increase dramatically by intentionally ignoring email until focused time. I’ll keep you posted.)
  • Social Media went on without me and I did not need to ‘catch up’

When was the last time you were without technology for a “long time” and what did you learn?


The surprising affect your friends have on your New Year’s resolutions

“Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” – Russian Proverb


We are almost 8 weeks into the new year. How are your New Year’s resolutions? Many people don’t even set a New Year’s resolution, (or goals), but many do. And they typically struggle. In fact, according to a survey conducted by time management experts FranklinCovey, a full 35 percent of New Year’s resolutions are broken before the end of January of the successive year.

Why do so many people fail to change so frequently?

That’s a BIG topic, but let’s start with addressing one of the most critical factors – the power of your peer group.

Parents and teachers are keenly aware of the power of peer groups to influence behavior and, ultimately, their lives. Are you?

Try this simple exercise:

  1. Write down the names of the five people you spend the most time with on an average week.
  2. Pick one area of your life such as financial (debt, income, etc.), health (fitness level, weight, etc.), relationships (spouse, friends, family), etc.

It’s been said we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.  If you are honest – really honest – is that true in your case? Look at your top five peer list and hold them up to your level in any category; what do you find?


If you want better results start with being very aware of your peer group. (Just like your mother told you.)