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Ray Lewis’ Inspirational Post Game Interview

Above is Ray Lewis’ Inspirational Post Game Interview after the Ravens defeated the Broncos in a double overtime 1st round playoff game… He wore a shirt with Psalm 91 on it last week and this week’s Post Game is laced with scripture and God inspiration all over it.

Ray Lewis inspires me and I think his retirement season is going to inspire many, as he leads the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl victory. There is something special about what’s going on with the end of his career and the beginning of his life post football. Every time I hear him speak, I learn a lot and walk away inspired. There seems to be a special anointing on his life.

What do you think? Share your thoughts on this interview and the miraculous nature of this post game since his retirement announcement.

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“Rule 31”

For those of you that have followed me online for awhile, there are a few things that I hope you have come to know about me… I Love Jesus, I Love My Family, I Like Developing Leaders, I Love Encouraging My Boys, I Love Helping Others Win, I Like Sports and I Used To Be A Prison Warden. Speaking of sports and my boys, I love watching their games, teaching them and watching them grow as athletes and more importantly as young men.

One of the things that I have always had to balance when it comes to my boys and their athletics is atta’boys and encouragement vs. outlining areas for improvement. I have always tried to strike a balance of making sure I give enough encouragement and highlight the good before the bad. The natural bend can easily be to focus on the areas of improvement.

To combat that negative tendency my boys and I came up with the rule that has evolved into what we call the “Rule 31.” Rule 31 is basically this:

  • After a game, practice or competition, before anyone says anything about performance other than “Good Game,” our boys have to first point out “3 things they did well and 1 thing they can improve on.” They must start with the 3 positives first.
  • As parents if we agree we simply say “We agree” or if we saw things a little different then we can do the same thing, offer “3 things they did well and 1 thing they can improve on.”

Rule 31 was actually inspired from my days as a prison warden and specifically when I ran a Maximum Security Juvenile Facility. We tried to make sure that we had 3 times as many rewards as we did consequences. The 3-1 positive ratio seemed to be some sort of magic potion.

What “Rule 31” has done for us is allowed space to not say anything until our boys can self-evaluate. It gives us the opportunity to simply agree with their assessment and it allows all of us to accentuate the positive and call attention to the area of development.

Rule 31 is a great concept for leading teams, families, interactions with a spouse, teacher/pupil relationships, pastor congregants, trainer/trainee and the list goes on and on.

Accentuate the positive and allow individuals to self-assess, you’d be amazed the growth you will see both them and yourself.

What do you think? How do you see “Rule 31” working in your life?  

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Believe This!

Just doodling in my moleskin app on my iPad Mini. “Believe This!”

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Nick Saban and The Difference Between Winners and Losers

Many of us grew up hearing the phrase, “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.” The reality is that statement isn’t totally true. Winning does matter and deep down everyone has the desire to be a winner, including: the business that you work for, your church, your children’s school, your favorite sports team, your daughter’s gymnastics club and even those who don’t like winners.  As much as I don’t like the Alabama Crimson Tide and Nick Saban, I love the fact that Nick Saban is a big time winner.

Many people say that Saban is too hard on players and doesn’t like to have fun. His response to those that don’t hink he’s a happy person or doesn’t like to have fun is, “Winning is fun, I’m happy and have fun when we win… I’m a very happy person.”

If winning is fun and it keeps Coach Saban happy, he’s probably one of the happiest people you could ever meet. All he does is win, Coach Saban has led his teams to win 3 out of the last 4 BCS Titles and straight up put a beat-down on top ranked Notre Dame 42-14 and it wasn’t even that close. One of Coach Saban’s mantras is this:

You can’t feel entitled if you want to stay on top.”

Coach Saban’s response after last nights BCS Beat-down pretty much sums up his philosophy and the difference between Winners and Losers:

“I feel great for our players, fans, administration, and the people of Alabama. Our guys maintained their focus and played through the adversity of winning during a tough season and difficult schedule. My job is to put the players in position to win. I want them to be able to look back 25 years from now and say they won the national championship… We will take a couple days to celebrate this, and then it will time to start a building toward a next season. “

The Difference Between A Winner & A Loser is the desire to win and the desire to keep winning. Vince Lombardi said it best when he said, “Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything.”

What’s The Difference Between Winners & Losers?

You tell me… share your thoughts on winning, losing and the success of Nick Saban.

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Seth Godin Shares “How To Change The System”

What do you think? Why do so many people overlook the brilliance and reality of this process?

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Life Is All About Choices

Life is all about choices

Our choices affect our outcomes

Our outcomes affect our futures

Our futures affect our families

Life is all about choices

Unfortunately many are settling for meaningless choices

Choosing to search for things that don’t matter

Striving to look like someone else, act like someone else and be someone else

Life is all about choices

Make the right choice

Choose God, He chose you.

~SW

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We Need To Stop Recycling… In The NFL

There seems to be lots of talk about the coaching carousel that’s happening in the NFL and most sports for that matter. It happens to a degree in both college and pro sports; however the NFL is the King Of The Recycling Carousel. Simply take a look at this year alone: 7 coaches and 6 General Managers fired.

I want to start with a definition of recycling:

re·cy·cle [ree-sahy-kuh l] verb, re·cy·cled, re·cy·cling, noun.
Recycle – to treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse, to alter or adapt for new use without changing the essential form or nature, to use again in the original form or with minimal alteration: to cause to pass through a cycle again, repeat a process from the beginning.

I am all about giving coaches, leaders and individuals from any spectrum a second chance and a new opportunity. I’m a firm believer in the 1 man’s trash is another mans treasure, environments matter and people are successful under different regimes and new cultures. I just think it’s important that organizations look to renew and refresh and not simply recycle.

It feels like there is a lot of settling on the recycling front when it comes to NFL Head Coaches. Many chalk the “settling” up to the fact that the NFL Head Coach is an elite and Exclusive Fraternity. Because of this elite fraternity perception/reality, the day a coach gets fired, he’s on the shortlist to get hired by another NFL team that currently has a vacancy sign in the window.

Below are a few of the 7 NFL Firings/Recyclings:

  • Arizona Cardinals ask Ken Whisenhunt to fly away… so what? The Bills will be interviewing Whisenhunt to replace their recently fired Chan Gailey. Gailey’s record: a sad 16-32 over the last 3 NFL Seasons.
  • After 14 years of coaching and a crazy year both on and off the field, The Eagles dropped Andy Reid like some roadkill… so what? Before Reid could even get his office cleaned out the Cardinals swooped in like an Eagle grabbing some food and appear to be down the road on finalizing a deal. And they aren’t even the only team he’s interviewed with.
  • Probably the most controversial was the Bears dropping Lovie Smith like he was hot, although the Bears were a Minnesota loss/Adrian Peterson not making a Big-Time run away from making the playoffs… so what? There are many teams trying to scoop Lovie away from the windy city.

I spoke of this Elite Fraternity known as NFL Coaches earlier, well the 3 coaches that were fired above all are a part of an even more Elite Fraternity… coaches that have taken their team to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, they are also part of a Fraternity of coaches that have been to the Superbowl and didn’t win.

Apparently the Cleveland Browns are not going to go the Recycling route as they have their eyes set on a coach from the college ranks. The up in coming, no huddle, pro offensive, spread master mind Chip Kelly from the Oregon Ducks. I’m all for 2nd chances; however when it comes to the NFL Head Coaches, there may be some better solutions out there. How about taking a risk on an up in comer and giving them a first chance. If you don’t think taking a risk on the up and comer works, look at Jim Harbaugh and the success he’s had with the San Francisco 49ers in just a couple seasons.

I’m all about recycling when it comes to preserving the environment, but when it comes to recycling to preserve the status quo – Not So Much. We Need To Stop Recycling… In The NFL.

What do you think?

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Just Because You’re The Boss Doesn’t Mean You Have All The Answers

Sometimes leadership success sends individuals down the highway of “I have all the answers.” Why wouldn’t they speed down that highway? The leader has demonstrated success, their organization is thriving, people are coming to them for advice, other leaders are always asking them questions and everyone looks to them for solutions. The result – The leader who thinks they have all of the answers.

Leadership success does equate to knowing some things; however it doesn’t equate to having all of the answers. Leaders must be willing to learn from those around them, those with less experience, those that work for them and those they think that they can lead circles around.

The one thing that great leaders all have in common is the fact that somewhere along their leadership journey, they realized that they didn’t have all of the answers and more importantly they were happy to get answers from others.

Thoughts? Experiences?

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Jesus Is For Everybody JIFE

New music video from my man @truthonduty. JIFE – Jesus Is For Everybody!

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Video Report :: Instagram Changes Their Mind


There was lots of discussion, heated debate and people jumping off the Instagram bandwagon with their new change to their terms of service… Basically they would own Instagram user photos. This video provides an update to the story.

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