Many years ago, I was sitting in my cubicle at work and started to yawn. I was hungry and a bit bored with the less-than-challenging work I was doing. Thinking it was almost lunch-time, I glanced at my watch. 9:38 AM. What?! It felt like I had been sitting there in my little felt box for at least three or four hours. Ugh.
I enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 18 and went straight to bootcamp upon graduating from high school. A few years later I found myself stationed in Japan having the time of my life. After three years in Japan, I finished my active duty commitment to Uncle Sam and had a big decision to make: To remain long-term in Japan, I needed a work visa. To get a work visa, I need a four-year college degree. The only problem was I had only completed two years of my undergraduate degree while on active duty in the Marine Corps. My goal of living long-term in Japan was about to slip through my fingers.
A few years ago I was meeting with a client. In person. A real, live human being in my office! (Remember when you still met with people in person?) I was sitting across from my client trying to have a conversation while looking at email on my laptop. While also reading and answering a text that had just arrived.
This is a continuation from my last blog post where I talk about how your strengths can hold you back and prevent you from truly achieving success.A few weeks ago on my last trip to Japan, I was viscerally reminded of this important principle while working out with my Aikido master. I’m 20+ years younger than him, stronger, faster, bigger and the list goes on. Yet when I grabbed him, it was like trying to grab water — he flowed, relaxed, and moved effortlessly.
I just returned from Japan. I took a group of 12 high-achievers on my exclusive, invitation-only Mushin WayExperience — a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to journey to Japan and immerse yourself in the birthplace of The Mushin Way.
I want to share a recent article from the May 2015 issue of SUCCESS magazine. In it, leadership expert and best-selling author, John C. Maxwell, writes about “Digging Deep” to find your passion — at work, home, in life.
I can’t believe that most high-achievers refuse to take a REAL vacation, unplug from work, and recharge their batteries. A recent survey by the executive search firm Korn/Ferry found that only 3% of executives across a range of industries were willing to completely cut themselves off from the office during vacation.
CNN Money recently reported that according to a new survey of 9,700 full-time employees in eight of the world’s largest economies, the top three reasons workers quit their jobs are (1) minimal wage growth, (2) a lack of advancement opportunities and (3) excessive overtime.
When I was 16 years old I got into a fight with an older guy who accidentally tapped my bumper in traffic. I started yelling at him from my car. He yelled back. Pretty soon we were both out of our cars shouting at each other in the middle of the street. Then he pushed me and I pushed him back. Things went downhill fast after that.
I’m holding a live hand grenade — yes, in my hand. I can’t remember if it’s “thumb clip, pull pin” or “pull pin, thumb clip”. I’m an 18-year-old kid going through Marine Corps bootcamp, and I’m frozen with fear.