A Heck of a Day

Jimmy ValOne of my favorite stories is that of Jim Valvano, the legendary basketball coach at North Carolina State University. Nicknamed "Jimmy V," Valvano was diagnosed with bone cancer in June 1992 and then died in April 1993. The month prior to his death, he spoke at the inaugural ESPY Awards where he was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award. In his speech, which drew a lengthy standing ovation, he made these comments: To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.

Living a Meaningful Life

Valvano's mindset reminds me of another quote by B. C. Forbes who said, "Don't forget until too late that the business of life is not business, but living." As business owners, we must not allow ourselves to become prisoners to our businesses. Our businesses should serve us. They should enable us to live the life we want to live, not vice versa. Tweet This

Living an Extraordinary Life

As with all of our clients, we are committed to helping business owners grow their business, but more importantly, we are committed to helping them create the life they want to live. Our mission is to empower business owners and managers to achieve exceptional performance in their businesses, AND to live extraordinary lives. If we will follow the advice of Jim Valvano, we will do just that!

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