Seven Success Keys

Seven Success Keys

I have always dreamed big about my life, even during the tough times. There are seven success keys that carried me through the hard times. One book  has had a large impact on me and I would like to share a chapter from this book with my thoughts on it.

The book is Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins and the chapter is ” The Seven Lies of Success”

Tony Robbins calls these seven concepts lies because if you want to believe they have no bearing on your success than, to you, they are lies. But to those of us who choose to believe them, your live can be changed forever.

Keys To Success:

Number One – Everything happens for a reason and a purpose and it serves us.

I was born with a congenital hip, this caused me to walk with sever limp until I was 45 years old at which time I had my first hip replacement( I would have 24 major surgeries in my life). As a child I went through what you can imagine any child in the 1950′s might go through, I was picked on and called names; I’m not telling you this so you can feel sorry for me. You don’t need to, I live an incredible life. I tell you this for this reason, I believe that how I was born was one of the greatest blessings in my life it help me to become the person that I am today. It helped me to develop my personality, my work ethic and my attitude.

Everything happens for a reason and a purpose and it serves us.

Number Two – There is no such thing as failure.

We don’t fail at things in life; we simply decide that whatever we are trying to do is not worth the time and hardships we must go through to get it. If you think about your life you probably have everything you ever really wanted in life, the things you don’t have you, most likely, decided it wasn’t worth what you had to go through to get or you are still working on it.

There is no such thing as failure.

Number Three – Whatever happens take responsibility.

The day that we accept responsibility for the things that happen in our lives is the day we become free. We certainly can’t control everything that happens to us but we can control how we act and feel about those things.

Whatever happens take responsibility.

Number Four – It’s not necessary to understand everything to be able to use everything.

There are so many things that you could learn in any business. Different markets, products, competition, sales techniques and the list goes on and on. If we try to become an expert on every possible option that is out there we will never do anything.

It’s not necessary to understand everything to be able to use everything.

Number Five – People are your greatest resource.

We are in the people business do you truly care about people and I mean all people or do you only care about those that you can make money on. I believe if we our truly in the people business we need to care about all people. Certainly our clients but also the person who waits on us at the restaurant or serves us the coffee at the coffee shop.

People are your greatest resource.

Number Six – Work is play.

Mark Twain said, ” to make your vocation your vacation is success”. Love what you do if not look for your passion and follow it.

Work is play.

Number Seven – There’s no abiding success without commitment.

We are committed to something or we are committed to nothing. Absolute commitment can give use the passion to never give up.

There’s no abiding success without commitment.

Thank you Tony!


My Masters Experience


My Masters Experience

Maybe I got a little carried away last week because of my infatuation with Tiger Woods (if you did not read the blog catch up here:

Friday at 10:00 am I got the most incredible call of my life. A call to attend the Masters and stay at our corporate Host House. This was the start of my Masters Experience.

I can’t begin to explain to you what a surreal experience this was, it was almost like I was dreaming for a day and a half.

 Let me list what I experienced:


  1. First staying at the Host House was incredible all you could eat and or drink. We had a chef for the week from New Orleans. The dinner was fabulous, both the food and the company.
  2. Berckmans Place – My pass gave me access to the best kept secret at Augusta “Berckmans Place” a 90,000-square foot restaurant, pro shop and more. It is tucked in the trees along the 5th fairway and few know it even exists. You need a pass and a wrist band to enter. There are four restaurants and there is no charge for anything except what you get at the pro shop.
  3. When I stepped off the shuttle to Berckmans Place, Pittsburgh Steeler legend Lynn Swann was waiting at the door to greet us.
  4. They have three greens that exactly mirror the greens on the course you get a caddie and try your hand at putting at Augusta National.
  5. While I waited in line I had a nice conversation with Former Secretary of State Condolence Rice (Wow). I could have gone home right then.
  6. As if this was not enough I then got to attend the MASTERS. Imagine me at the Masters our chairs were at Amen Corner fifteen feet from the tee box.
  7.  Phil, Rory, Sergio and all the other great golfers within touching distance.
  8. Leaving Saturday,  what a thrill  on Sunday, to watch Sergio overcome a career barrier winning his first major.

I cannot express the gratitude and appreciation I have for this experience, an experience I will never forget.

See Berckman Place for yourself:



No Tiger No Masters

No Tiger No Masters

Yes, the flags will waive on all 18 majestic holes at Augusta National Golf Course. The pink Dogwoods will blossom on number 2 and the Magnolia’s will dazzle the galleries on 5. But even with all the pageantry and beauty of the home of the Masters Golf Tournament, I believe No Tiger no Masters.

How can there be greatest tournament in the world when the greatest player in the world is unable to play. They need to play the Masters but the Masters needs Tiger Woods.
A four-time winner of the Green Jacket this past Tuesdays Champions dinner marked 20 years since he won his first, at a time when both his mind and body were working perfectly in unison.
His 79 PGA wins dwarfs his 20 surgeries 4 to 1. s Oh, he had his personal issues that I’m sure set him back but Tiger Woods has become a product of himself winning 4 Masters with 3 different swings, swings which surly stressed his body. He has had to reinvent himself to be able to work though his many injuries.

Many have written Tiger Woods off. I have not. I still hold the dream that he will once again find the strength, discipline and courage to reinvent himself, one more time. Come back crush Jack’s record and retire as the true greatest golfer that ever lived.

Until then there will always be just something missing from the Masters.

Don’t believe me watch and see: