Nearly the Ultimate Gift

There is little debate that the ultimate gift is one life for another.

However, for most of us, that isn’t really a gift often requested or needed.  So what’s the next best alternative?

Giving a piece of your life.

Ask the adult children of many ultra-successful 8pm Warriors what they really wanted growing up, and it wouldn’t be another BMW or horse.  What do most people truly want from their mentors, parents, spouses, children, friends, or advisors?

They want your time.



Basically, they want the stuff you can’t buy, fake, or transfer.

Next time you’re wondering what to get the “person who has everything”, try giving them a piece of your life.  Even a smallest amount is appreciated.

Since yesterday was my birthday, it was heartwarming to see the emails, text messages, facebook wall posts, cards, tweets, and blog comments.  It took time and thoughtfulness and it was very much appreciated.

Thanks for nearly the ultimate gift!

I am thankful tonight,


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The Last Blog: “It’s time to go!”

It’s official.  I’m dying.

In some ways I’m still in denial and don’t talk about it nearly enough.  I’ve known for a while, but like many 8pm Warriors, I’ve been too busy chasing dreams to stop and share the important stuff before I leave this world.  Too busy to share what I was really about…what makes me tick.

I want to share the deep stuff.

Today was potentially my last birthday and this blog may be my last, so now is a good time to open up.  For those seeking a community of 8pm Warriors, you may relate to this post.

It’s time to go!

My first memory ever was playing with plastic Native American figures and green Army guys in the front seat of the U-Haul my father was driving from Milwaukee to Livingston, Montana.

My mother and sister were in the Subaru wagon behind us, and the only thing I remember besides the toys was the feeling of excitement.

We were going somewhere!

If today was my last day and I only had a few words left, I would urge my children, friends, and family members to please go somewhere!

Do something.  Act on your beliefs.  Don’t just wait, hope, or wonder.  Follow your dreams!

It’s time.

For me “going somewhere” is my first memory and hopefully it will be my last one too.  There’s something special about going somewhere.

Where should you go?

Start at the beginning.

For me, little did I know that those plastic warriors would stay with me the rest of my life.  My father later gave me the nickname “Warrior” and I played college football for the Warriors too.

I was definitely a warrior.

My closest friends, family, and colleagues know that my warrior passion is not usually directed at someone or something, but rather for someone or something that I believe in.  I love strategy.  I love motivation.  I love my fellow warriors.

“In the spring…the time when kings go off to war”

– 1 Chronicles 20:1

Spring is my favorite season.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed the stories of ancient leaders and heroes who led teams of people against evil.  Fiction or non, there was something inspiring about working together to do something truly amazing or unlikely.

Those stories continue to inspire me.

Naturally, leadership was the direction I pursued and if I couldn’t find the right team or organization to lead, I started a new one.  I now spend my time in marketing or executive leadership positions, using that love of storytelling and inspiration to rally my team members to accomplish feats they never thought possible.

It’s been a wonderful career and so today I ask you to consider your inspirations.

Where do you want to go?

I’m running out of time, and so are you.  We’re all dying.

Seize the day.

Have a moving night,


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Note:  I’m not aware of any specific terminal illness I may have, just that we are all dying.  Instead, I wanted to try a blogging twist on the traditional “Last Lecture” idea (academia).  Consider writing your “Last Blog”, it’s liberating.  A couple years back, I read the book “The Last Lecture” and determined that one should seize the day and share now, rather than when it’s too late.

Here’s more about that book:

Smart Sleep not More Sleep

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

– Benjamin Franklin
(author, inventor, physicist, & first American millionaire)

While I may interpret the word “early” a bit differently (i.e. early in the morning for both), I definitely agree with his point.

Work while it is day!

However, now the proverbial “day” is a lot longer.  In the modern era, we are no longer limited by lighting and availability of tools at night.

The only roadblock holding us back from staying up all night getting wealthier (finishing more work) and wiser (reading/learning/discussing), is our physical need for sleep.

While I would like to stay up all night if I could, there comes a time when even the most ambitious person will shut down. (side note:  maybe fellow 8pm Warrior Jordan Zimmerman could write a blog post called “You Sleep When You Pass Out”)

I tested it twice this week and ended up falling asleep on my laptop both times.

Sleep happens.

Unfortunately, I hear a lot of folks give people like JZ and I a hard time because they don’t think we sleep enough.

  • “If you don’t sleep more, you WILL die”
  • “It’s not sustainable”
  • “Sooner or later the quality of your work will suffer”


You don’t need more sleep, you need smart sleep.

The strategy is all about timing.  If you wake up between REM (Random Eye Movement) cycles, you will still feel rested even if you get less sleep.  Yes, even waking up at 3:30 am each day, JZ can still feel rested on 4.5 hours of sleep.

If you’re wondering how to figure it out, here’s a tool to use when calculating what time you should wake up based on when you go to bed or vice versa.

It’s called and it will help 8pm Warriors minimize their sleep, get more done, and still feel rested.

In closing, here’s a couple tips to make sure you actually go to sleep when it’s finally time.

  • Make sure you’re tired (work out more or sleep less)
  • No caffeine 5-7 hours before bed time
  • Deal with Sleep Apnea or other sleep disorders

I hope this post can help my fellow 8pm Warriors find a couple more hours in their day while their chasing their dreams.

Have a restful sleep,



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It’s all around us in so many forms.

  • 55,000,000+ people worldwide
  • 550,000+ US businesses that employ people
  • 10,000,000+ dogs and cats

…just this year.

That’s a lot of heartache, countless broken dreams…so many memories.

Just this weekend, my friend Mr. Trey Cochran lost two friends to a tragic car crash in Bay City, Michigan.

So painful.

Then why am I writing about this sensitive topic?

Because death reminds us of the timer.  It forces us to remember that the people and dreams we have now will come to an end.  This is the day to honor them.  Your work tonight must make a difference.

Not tomorrow.  Not next year.

Do work that matters, and do it with passion.

Have a great night,



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Your Scarcity Problem

Scarcity is the universal problem of having unlimited demand in a world of limited resources.  The concept explains the value of gold or oil.  They aren’t making any more of it, and demand outstrips supply.  Therefore it has value.

Time is even more valuable.

Just like gold, they aren’t making any more of it, but with Time there is an added wrinkle that you can’t truly buy it or take it.  We all get the same amount each month, each week, each day.

All you can do is use it or waste it.

That’s why delegation and strategy are so important.  It’s also why there’s no day (or night) like today to start using it to the max.

It’s no laughing matter for 8pm Warriors.  The clock is ticking.

Use it or lose it?

Your choice.

Have a great night,


Consider the Worst Case

Right now millions of people are without jobs, and many talented 8pm Warriors are losing hope that their hard work and talent is going to lead nowhere.  Even more people still have jobs or own a business, but are struggling to make them work in the current environment…almost just as painful in some cases.

To find comfort, consider the “Worst Case”.

Despite how bad things are right now in your life, things could always be worse.  I almost guarantee it.

  • Don’t like how business is going? You could have a job that you hate.
  • Hate your job? You could have no job.
  • Don’t have a job? You could have no talent.
  • Don’t have talent? You could have no family or friends to help support you.
  • Don’t have any family or friends? You could have poor health.
  • Have bad health? You could be out of time.
  • Dying and out of time? That’s probably the worst case.

There is almost always a worse case, but if you work hard during the day while growing, pushing, and learning at night, nothing can stop you in the long run.


Keep your chin up,