July 1, 2020

In the book “Good to Great” by Jim Collins, there were 5 recognizable traits of successful businesses lasting over time that separated themselves as “great” businesses vs “good” businesses. One of those 5 key traits of great businesses was having a set of non-negotiable core values. These core values are a set of rules for the actions and behaviors of its people that allow the organization to pursue and attain success over multiple generations.

  

There are some...

March 4, 2020

Sensationalism sells. Sensationalism is the #1 goal of any news or media organization on the planet, outside of maybe a very select few. If you are over 40 years of age, you have watched the news reporting journey over the course of our lifetimes evolve. Being over 40, most of us can remember when the local news wasn’t all about murders or local drama. We can also remember when NBC Nightly News or The Today Show wasn’t so heavily skewed to the liberal side of though...

November 20, 2019

The other day I was having a meeting with a group of people about helping shape conversations and the culture of our small town into something very positive as words create worlds. And gossip creates suspicions, and suspicions create distrust. But deeper than that, this group of people help shape and create our world in our small town, and it was a group of people that I knew may disagree with what I had to say, the perspective and thought process I was prepared to...

October 23, 2019

Most of us have many thoughts every day. We could be thinking about what errands need to run today, or what all activities do our kids need to be delivered to, or what phone calls need to be made today. You then commingle those with the thousand fleeting thoughts a day on your creative and imaginary genius of new ideas creating small positive fires in your mind and soul.

For me, I was able to keep my life its calendar of events, my Rolodex, and to-do lists all in my...

October 16, 2019

We as humans often fail as we “fall for the free stuff”. There are free goods around every corner and some search out those free goods. If you have gone to college in the last 25 years, you have likely been told you could get a free t-shirt if you “just fill out this credit card application”. And I fell for it! In return, I got a credit card, which for virtually all college-aged kids and epic fail decision. The card brings no value or upside potential to your life....

August 14, 2019

It’s a Monday morning and the weekend was either a little longer or you over enjoyed yourself! The alarm clock goes off, and you just can’t bring yourself to get out of bed. You are tired, and just not ready to face the day.  So what do you do, well, you do what many other Americans do, and that is you grab your cellphone and “hit your snooze button! And back to sleep for a whopping 10 minutes because that 10 minutes will save your rear.

But do yoursel...

August 7, 2019

There are many times in our lives in which peer pressure got the best of us. There were several years in my own life in which my convictions were pressure tested to the full max. For me, high school wasn't too pressure tested as I grew up in a small town with a great school, great teachers, and great friends in which the pressures to be a part of negative activities were fairly minimal. But as I got to college, life became much bigger, with many more opportunities t...

June 19, 2019

It’s 6 am, your bed feels like a warm, soft masterpiece of comfort. You have slept as hard as tungsten, not even a rock, but tungsten, one of the hardest metals found on earth. Your prior day was rigorous, almost never ending with a constant barrage of events, creating moments of agitation and stress to your mind, and today is just another day of potentially more the same. So that warm, soft masterpiece of comfort you are lying in is the last place you want to leave...

June 12, 2019

So we just got done yesterday with our vet reviews with two very awesome Rockstar millennial vets!  And after one year for each of them, this is the earliest we have ever pushed on two new grads to learn about leadership.  The learning curve a new veterinary grad is on is steep like climbing Mount Everest, especially the first year.  But the awesome aspect of our culture at this point, with it clean, crisp, full of trust, known high expectations, full of kindness, c...

June 5, 2019

It was a while back, but I was listening to an audiobook and it was discussing the tangible aspects of achievements.  There are many awards given out today to adults, kids, the Hollywood crowd, Nashville crowd, sports figures, etc.  There seem to be more and more awards, shows, and opportunities to receive a tangible award to honor the achievements of many different avenues in life.  We also discuss the insight into the kid’s sports world and the effects of the prev...

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