SOLDIER FOR LIFE

It was 38 years ago today, 30 March 1979, that I was Commissioned a Second Lieutenant (Infantry) in the United States Army… while still a “Knob” at The Citadel. A “Knob” as a Junior… and an Army 2nd Lieutenant… at The Citadel. I know, pretty interesting situation. I was to walk along a path that no others had walked… and each day I was reminded why.

As Kid President says so eloquently:

A poem, “two roads diverged in the woods… and I took the road less traveled…” And it hurt, man! Really bad! Rocks! Thorns! and Glass! my pants broke! waahh! Not cool, Robert Frost! But what if there really were two paths? I want to be in the one that leads to awesome.

I’m forever grateful to James & Merle Carroll (from Ozark, Alabama) and Colonel (Ret.) John K. Gibler and Major Doug Rich in particular for their extraordinary leadership. My situation was extremely unique, requiring numerous exceptions and a healthy dose of creativity. Colonel (Retired) Gibler and the Army ROTC Cadre at The Citadel modeled what it is really like to take care of your Soldiers… and I’ll never forget that. Airborne, All the Way, Sir!

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Well… I was on the road that led to AWESOME.

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It was a unique and extraordinary journey that provided me an equally unique and extraordinary perspective on life. What an incredible honor and privilege to serve… and the journey continues.

And you know what… I am still on the road that leads to AWESOME.

Always a Soldier! SOLDIER FOR LIFE!

Extraordinary Putting: Transforming the Whole Game (Perigee Trade; Reprint edition (January 2, 2007))

The co-author of the classic Extraordinary Golf offers an innovative approach to improving the overall game by focusing on putting, which accounts for more than one third of the strokes in a typical round. Not just a tips-and-techniques book, Extraordinary Putting features a series of illustrated exercises that will help golfers:

– Develop the inner freedom to trust themselves and recognize self-imposed barriers
– Find the peace of mind that comes from letting go of mental chatter and self-judgments
Increase awareness, allowing golfers to pay attention to their experiences
– Understand the differences in those experiences from stroke to stroke – Master the art of self-coaching

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Extraordinary Golf (Perigee Trade; Reprint edition April 1, 1997)

Most golfers approach the tee with a complex mental package: worries and judgments about their swing, the other person’s swing, the course, the weather, looking good, looking bad. They think about what’s wrong instead of what’s possible, and this is what Extraordinary Golf teaches: the art of the possible.

Drawing on his experience teaching both amateurs and professionals for more than fifteen years, in his clinics around the country, in his Golf in the Kingdom seminars at the Esalen Institute, and at his own School for Extraordinary Golf in California, Shoemaker shows how extraordinary golf can be coached, learned, and practiced, with results not only in people’s scores but in their sheer pleasure in the game.

Combining a host of practical exercises with an entirely new point of view, he demonstrates how to focus not on the voices in your head but on the reality of golf: the club, the ball, your body, the course – the elements that actually make up your game. He shows how to approach shots creatively, instead of mechanically; how to read greens simply by staying awake; how to develop a powerful and consistent swing by rediscovering trust for your instincts; and how to improve yourself in competition by determining what you’re competing for. He also gives simple guidelines on how to coach yourself, your spouse, and your children successfully.

Fred Shoemaker, who began teaching golf in the seventies, is the founder of Extraordinary Golf®, named one of Golf Magazine’s “25 Best Golf Schools” in America. He lectures and conducts workshops around the world for such organizations as the PGA and the LPGA and for major corporations, including Apple Computer, Oracle, and Pfizer.

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Lead From Your Current Position® Logo

The True Meaning of the Symbols

The Lead From Your Current Position® logo consists of:

A position indicator symbol that incorporates a tilted globe,

three people (in the core of the globe) forming the point,

and a diagonal swoosh around the top, placed on a map.

Here’s what each symbol means:

  • Position Indicator Logo (placed on a Map) = Your current position/location… not your position/title.
  • Globe = The concept is Global: All people; no one left out!
  • Swoosh = Action is required from each of us. Only those who act will triumph!
  • Three People = The minimum number of people required to form a stable partnership (three–a TRIAD). Four is better and even more is even better.

The word “LEAD” in the phrase Lead From Your Current Position® emphasizes the necessity for all of us to LEAD (contribute to an environment where others flourish) AND incorporates triangle inside of “A”  to highlight the significance of the TRIAD as the foundation for stable partnerships.

The LFYCP® Subtitle: The world is calling out for you genius!

 

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A Pep Talk

from Kid President to You!

A pep talk that is worth viewing every day!

 

It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance.”  Kid President

 

I think we all need a pep talk.

The world needs you. Stop being boring! Yeah, YOU! Boring is easy. Everybody can be boring whether you’re good or not.

Life is not a game, people! Life isn’t a cereal either. Well, it is a cereal. And if life was a game, aren’t we on the same team? I mean, really right? I’m on your team. Be on my team.

This is life, people! We got air coming free to your nose. You got heartbeat… (boom boom…) that means you got to do something.

A poem, “two roads diverged in the woods… and I took the road less traveled…” And it hurt, man! Really bad! Rocks! Thorns! and Glass! my… broke! waahh! Not cool, Robert Frost! But what if there really were two paths? I want to be in the one that leads to awesome.

It’s like that dude Journey said, “Don’t stop believing… unless your dream is stupid”, then you should give up your dream. I think that’s how it goes. You better dream to keep going. Keep going, keep going, and keep going.

What if Michael Jordan had quit? Well, he did quit. No, he retired. Yeah. Yes, he retired. But before that, in high school. What if he quit when he didn’t make the team? He would never make Space Jam and I love Space Jam. What will be your Space Jam?

What will you create to make the world awesome? Nothing if you keep sitting there! That’s why I’m talking to you today. This is your time! This is my time! It’s OUR time!

We can make every day better for each other. If we’re all on the same team, let’s start acting like it. We got work to do. We can cry about it or we can dance about it.

We were made to be awesome. Let’s get out there. I don’t know everything. I’m just a kid but I know this, it’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance so get to it!

You just been pep talked! Create something that will make the world awesome. Play ball!

 

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Be Great! Juliet Doherty at TEDxABQ

"NOW IT'S TIME TO JUST DANCE!"

I’m inspired by this beautiful, poised, and wise two-time World Champion Ballerina who, while 15 yrs old at the time of this presentation, has a great message for us all…

NOW IT’S TIME TO JUST DANCE!”  Juliet Doherty

Go Juliet!… from your #1 FAN!

Juliet Doherty, dancer and philosopher extraordinaire’s TEDxABQ talk is live!

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A New Leadership Conversation

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon! Please join me as I start new conversation on a vital subject: Leadership.

It is a subject that is as old as mankind and needs to be re-imagined for the 21st Century… particularly since we are 16 years into it.

Will you join me in this conversation?

I will also be posting on my other core values and interests. I look forward to sharing, learning, and growing so that you can LEAD FROM YOUR CURRENT POSITION®… and that means everyone; no one left out!

 

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There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Nelson Mandela

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”

Samuel Ullman