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  • Lesson Nugget:: When you sow seeds for a decade, you will reap a harvest for a lifetime.
  • Recommended Reading:: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - “One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written.”
  • Lesson Nugget:: When you sow seeds for a decade, you will reap a harvest for a lifetime.


-Pillar four: responsibility. Responsibility-- what is an example of responsibility in action? What does that mean?

-It's essentially having a plan so I'm able to respond instead of in constant reaction mode because I didn't know what was going to happen next. It's the difference between going to New York City with a map and going to-- driving New York City without a map.

-I am a fastidious planner. I love to plan, and plan the plan, and make sure the plan has been planned. And so that way I kind of know step one, step two, and hey, maybe step three should actually be before step two. I'm really detailed. I see a lot of-- as I've met more and more successful people through Thrive, and interviewed awesome mentors like yourself, it seems as though the intentional living becomes-- you almost don't see anyone who has massive success that's not very intentional about creating the life they want. Do you have kind of a daily process that you go through to be intentional about how you plan out your day, or being responsible for your day, making a plan?

-I think at this point, I have kind of momentum. I'm living in a momentum that I created decades ago and so I don't-- I'm not as deliberate as I once was because it's just how I live. At this point it's just a lifestyle of setting goals, and making plans, and prioritizing my time, and letting other people know what I'll be doing and what I won't be doing, and and then making sure that I have other people that can do things that I can't get done.

-Just so the Thrivers know, you're going to be speaking next week. What, you're going to England. Is that right?

-I'll be in Connecticut next weekend. And then the following week, I'll be in northern California. And then the following 2 and 1/2 weeks, I'll be in London, Madrid, Glasgow, Manchester, Edinburgh.

-And so for people who are watching this who are like, yeah, it must be nice--

- --laying around on the beach all day--

- --having the momentum. You obviously had to create the momentum. It didn't just happen. How did you, I just want to know, how did you build-- what did your schedule look like when your phone wasn't ringing, and people weren't calling you to come out and speak all over the place? What did you do to get that momentum going? What did you do to build that schedule, be responsible?

-Years ago, I crossed paths with the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People," Stephen Covey stuff.

-Oh yeah. That thing's great.

-So I did a bunch of that back in the '90s. That was my-- I cut my teeth on that. I think that really helped me frame a sense of purpose, mission, priorities, responsibility around the way I manage my time. Am I actually marching towards what I say is important to me or am I just reacting to all the demands of my environment?

So we had three children. We worked in the group home, so we moved three times a week. I was commuting two hours to college. I was going to college full time. We had a really rough marriage. So all that was going on when I started learning about how to manage my life.

-Wow. So would you recommend everybody reads a little Stephen Covey?

-I would. Every young person that I work with, bam. One of the first books that I set down.

-And I want to encourage the Thrivers, if you have that book, I think most of us have been told at some point, you need to read "7 Habits of Highly Effective People." And I think a lot of us-- I know I used to do this before I, kind of-- mentors beat me into submission. I started actually doing these things-- is I'd buy the book. I'd read that first chapter.

You know where you get kind of that cover going on. And you have it on your shelf, so you feel like you're a real winner of information. But I didn't really dog ear it, read it, and take notes. But I encourage everyone to read that. I mean, would you agree? You need to just read that book and devour it. It's so powerful.

-I read it and then I bought the-- it was back when the cassette tapes were in. So I had cassette tapes. And I rode around. I had to drive 90 miles to work every day. And then I drove around all day, this huge county. I was a social work, foster care social worker.

And I just listened. It was like going to college. It was like going to Seven Habits College. I listened to that thing over and over and over and over. And then I got the planner, the Franklin planner. And I had the little thing-- it was all you had to write it out. There was none of this. It was just all in front of me. And I did that for years.

-Now, Thrivers, I want to make sure you're, hopefully, seeing the common of parallels, and common denominator here, but Zig Ziglar talks about turning your drive time into your classroom time, and being very intentional about that. And I know there's a lot of you who are watching right now who do travel. You have a big commute.

And I will say every single morning on the way into the office, I about a half hour. And I listen to TV Jake's every single morning because for me, with a lot of employees, a lot of team members, I have to get myself, I have to trick myself into being positive everyday. Everyone has their own different way of learning. I like to schedule timeout for reading, very intentional, but I like to turn my drive time into learning times well. I think it's great you mentioned that.

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