Inspiration from Andy Rooney the Warrior

Some of my favorite people just don’t know how to retire. Complete retirement is not in their DNA, not in their vocabulary.  They enjoy the war too much.

Andy Rooney worked up until 3 weeks before he died on Friday at the age of 92. He really loved the war.

Even though I’ve never met Andy Rooney, I admire his work ethic and passion.  Just imagine getting up for work after 92 years!  That’s almost 34,000 days.

He had many great experiences in his life:

  • Lived through the Great Depression
  • Witnessed World War II
  • 62 years of marriage
  • Wrote 15 books
  • Produced over 1000 video essays for TV (most for 60 minutes)
  • Won three Emmy Awards

For the record, I’m not against retiring.  I just hope I love what I’m doing so much that I can’t bear to stop.

Just like Andy Rooney.

Have a great night,


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We are all “Failures”

It’s not failure that defines a person, for we are all “failures” at some point.  Aching, saddened, weak, and discouraged, we’ve all been there.

What defines us is that next step.

Will we settle down into our failing situation and make excuses, blame others, or give up? Or will we find the strength to claw our way out of the pit?

Bad things do happen to good people and it’s important that we don’t let failure define us.

Let it refine us!

Let us find strength, gain character, and be ready for what lies ahead.  Luck favors the prepared, so be up on your feet and ready for when your time is here.

It’s coming!

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Be the Water!

I know what I want to be “when I grow up”.

I want to be the water.

Before you click away, let me explain.  This isn’t as crazy as it sounds.

A bit more than a year ago, I wrote a speech for my colleagues based on the “Great Flood” of the Okavango Delta in the Kalahari Desert.

It’s a bit hard to explain without seeing it, but basically the rain falls almost 900 miles away and then flows towards the Kalahari Desert on a mission.   It arrives just in time to rescue the animals that were exhausted, in despair, and near death.

It was inspiring.

At the same time, I felt both sympathy for the struggling animals (see the video below) and inspiration to be the water.  I think this great event offers a teachable point of view regarding the difference leaders can be in this world.  They can be the hot sun, or the fresh water.

As the fresh water flows into the desert, it forms little fingers that race across the thirsty sands, bringing life to everything they touch.

It stirs dormant animals to life.

It sustains the weary.

It’s exactly what I want to do with my life.  Stir people to action.  Sustain the weary. Be the difference!

The fresh water saves lives.

Be the water!


PS.  Need some water?  Don’t forget to drink it when it’s offered!