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“I Plan to Ruin My Marriage, Get Fired, and Gain 40 Pounds this Year”

Author: Glenn Shepard
Date: January 7, 2014
Category: Personal Development


Our rescue Westie, whose perpetual smile seems to say "Thank you for saving me from the kill shelter".
With Chumlee at the Pawn Stars store.
On the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They let you pose by a blank tile and Photoshop in your name for $20.

After Elvis renewed our wedding vows at Graceland Wedding Chapel.

Sky jumping from the roof of the Stratosphere in Vegas. I was so terrified that I wanted to back out, but there was no way to go back.
Struggling to fly a Jet Pack in Key West,  but at least I got it in the air.
Since the list read “Dinner at the White House” and not “IN”, I settled for a hot dog “in front of” the White House. Not exactly a state dinner, but First Dog Bo did come out on the lawn while I was eating it.
At the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX
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Two weeks. That’s it.


In between speaking at conferences and seminars from Florida to California, I’ve had only two full weeks in my office in the past year.


On the one and two days at a time I was here, things were hopping. We changed from Apple to Microsoft to Google’s paid database hosting, learned new software including Adobe InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Illustrator, and changed credit card processors.


In between Nashville and many nights in hotels, I recorded 50 CDs, wrote 52 articles for this newsletter and several more for other publications, published the world’s largest job board for chamber of commerce executives (which requires daily updates), and finished my eighth book.


At home, we renovated two bathrooms and a kitchen, replaced an HVAC system, had security cameras installed, and adopted a rescue Westie after losing our Yorkie.


But 2013 was far from all work. It was also the year I finished most of my bucket list.


That included flying a jetpack in Key West, visiting Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse in South Dakota, and seeing three of my books in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. (Having dinner at the Whitehouse was also on the list, but I had to ad lib on that one.)


It also included sky jumping off of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, meeting Chumlee at the Pawn Stars store, and renewing our wedding vows with Elvis.


In L.A., we saw The Tonight Show, had lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel (on my list since it appeared on the cover of the 1977 Eagles’ Hotel California album), and dinner at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont. (We overhead a director there say he didn’t want Tom Selleck for a movie because he’s too old. I wanted to tell him not to disrespect Magnum P.I., but he was too young to know who that was).


Then on New Year’s Eve, we said goodbye to 2013 with Hank Williams Jr. and 70,000 other people in downtown Nashville.


People ask how anyone can make time for all of that. No one can "make" time, but everyone can find time for the things they want to find time for.


My beautiful bride wanted me to check off as much of my bucket list as possible in 2013 because it was the year I turned 50, and because one of the items was to see Jay Leno on The Tonight Show before he passes the torch to Jimmy Fallon on 2/17/14.


I had great clarity of purpose for 2013, and do for 2014. But this year will be about everyone except me.


In February, we’ll be celebrating our friend Eleanor’s 90th birthday in Indiana. She was my father-in-law’s companion for the last 10 years of his life, and I promised him we’d do it. (I also send her a 1½ ounce bottle of Jim Beam every month, which she swears keeps her young).


In March, my youngest nephew is getting married in in Georgia. I bought him a black suit to wear in his wedding and promised to be there to tie his necktie.


In October, I’ll spend my birthday with pediatric cancer patients at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.


In November, I’ll be in Vegas cheering on my beautiful bride as she runs in the Las Vegas Marathon.


And the list goes on.


Nobody began 2014 by saying “I plan to get fired, ruin my marriage, gain 40 pounds, waste countless hours on Facebook, and surround myself with losers who'll drag me down to their level".


But that’s how the year will go for those who wander aimlessly through life, like Eeyore the donkey on Winnie the Pooh.


Wikipedia describes him as a character that “…expects misfortune to happen to him, accepts it, and rarely tries to prevent it.”


This will be our tenth year of publishing Work Is Not For Sissies.


While a lot has changed in that time, one thing that hasn't is that the key to success is starting each year with the second of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which is Begin with the end in mind.”


Regardless of whether 2014 will be the year you move mountains and change the world, or the year you do absolutely nothing, at least do it on purpose.



To Your Success in 2014,





P.S. I'm not holding my breath to check off one item on my bucket list - seeing the Tennessee Titans win a Super Bowl.

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