When in Doubt, Hire Corporate “Athletes”

My nephew and I got into a discussion a few years ago about soccer and its popularity—or lack thereof—in the United States. I was teasing him, pretending I didn’t much care for soccer. It just so happens that I played “American” football my whole life, so like him in the other direction, I was biased toward the oblong-shaped pigskin rather than the perfectly round ball used in admittedly the most popular sport in the world. But while I respect all athletes and, truth be told, probably didn’t play much soccer growing up for the sole reason that it happened to be a fall sport just like football; I purposely poked and prodded, doing my best to annoy him. I am his uncle, after all, and that is at least part of my job.

The foundation of my argument was basic, though. I completely respect soccer players, who are as conditioned as they come and tougher than most casual fans give them credit. But the teams put together in America, I contended, would never be as good as their counterparts in other countries around the world. And for one simple reason: the best athletes in America don’t play soccer.

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Be an EggHead!

A coworker of mine recommended a book to me a few weeks ago.  The Power of Full Engagement.  It’s primary message is that full engagement, maximizing production and efficiency in anything you do, requires not the management of time, as we have all been programmed to believe.  Instead, success in life and relationships is dependent upon efficient energy management.   This energy management is important along four dimensions: Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual. Read more of this post