45025838_mI know we say this all the time: I can’t believe another year is about to draw to a close. I want to take a few moments and reflect on things.

This year, I’ve personally dealt with a lot in the passing of my father, sister and several good buddies. In that regard, the year has been very tough. My work, my family and friends have been an incredible source for support. If you know me personally, you know I’m a hard-charging guy, but there have been moments this year that I’ve been heart-broken. I’m not ashamed to admit that.

I’m grateful to my team. I have what I consider to be the greatest team of people to work with each and every day. They come into the office or work with me from places around the world, and they give it 200%. We want to foster a “family”. We believe in success within a demanding work environment, but we care about what happens to our team members in their personal lives. We expect 200% in the office, but we make it a point to accommodate. We know if we do this, we will have people who care about the work and our success–their success.

In all in the lives of those around me, we’ve been through health scares, deaths, divorces, great dinners, meetings and vacations, a lot of laughter sprinkled with some tears. We’ve been through ups and downs. We’ve been through successes and failures. Isn’t that what life’s all about in the end? It’s a journey and, perhaps Forrest Gump was right when he said, “…Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna find.”

Here’s my hope as we are in the midst of the last week of 2015. I hope that whatever has happened this year that you’re spending the holidays with your family and friends. I hope if there have been rifts that have opened between you and others that they have been closed. Yes, the scars will always remain, but I hope you’re on your way to healing. I hope you’ve made your peace.

Remember, we don’t take anything with us when we leave, but we leave memories for others and others leave them for us. So, make sure you make them as good as can be, always–especially in the tough times.

This year, I came out with my motivation book Get Off the Couch: Grip & Rip and Break the Barriers Holding You Back in Life, which you can download for free by clicking here. I want to offer it to you as a gift. The New Year is a great time of change.

Yes, we all know that most people will not keep the resolutions they make. The reason for that is simple. They don’t take the little steps necessary, consistently, day in and day out, to make the big change.

Make this coming year different! Make 2016 the year you change your life. Always know YOU matter. It’s never too late and nothing is impossible! You can do it. I’m here to tell you that you can do it: whatever your circumstance and whatever your background. You can make a change in your life. Commit to it now, if that’s what you need in your life. And if it’s perfect just the way it is, God bless.

I love the New Year because it reminds me again of starting anew. That’s what life is all about–starting new and different things. Learning new things and even lessons.

Have a healthy and happy remainder to the holiday season and Happy New Year.

Make 2016 a “grip & rip” year!


Author of “Not Your Father’s Charity: Be Bold, Dominate and Succeed in Marketing For Today’s Digital World On A Limited Budget”.


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