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