Thank God it’s Monday.


There is a thing called “The Madonna of the Future” about an artist who devotes her life to a single painting.   When she died her friends and family couldn’t wait to see the painting… When they entered her art room where she spent her whole life,  it is discovered that her canvas is still blank.  She never finished because she never started…  In the act of making it perfect… she NEVER STARTED.

This blog today isn’t perfect.  But it is done.  It is posted.  It does exist.



These are one line quotes from a book I recently read “Wild Goose Chase” by Mark Batterson.  I hope you personally connect with one or several of these and use as motivation this week and your life is changed because of it.  Yep.  I have high goals.  Change.  The.  World.

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.


Don’t let fear dictate your decisions. 

Fear is often disguised as laziness.  They are not laziness, they are just scared to start.

Don’t take the easy way out.

God didn’t make you to point out life’s problems.

Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution.

Stop repeating the past; create the future.

Create margins- balance- take time for just you.

Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can.

(Yes Beth, I thought of you!)


Don’t try to be who you are not.  Be yourself.

If nothing else, Drexel believes in you.  We hired you and we only hire rock stars.

Don’t make a living.  Make a reputation.  Make a life.


Quit making excuses.

Here’s the example and real life story.  I hope this person reads this.  When you see it in writing it’s almost comical.   It’s really sad and tragic though.  I hope they read this, realize I am talking to them and change!

I heard last week a salesman wants and needs:

Although that sales person had record sales and margins… they needed or they just wouldn’t be happy or successful (did I mention they already had record sales and margin going for them.)

  1. I need someone to help sell new accounts.  (Ideally Joel or Doug, because they are the best.)
  2. I need someone to do my administrative work.
  3. I need someone to train the team I work with.  They are busy and or not experienced enough.
  4. I need someone to do my estimates.
  5. I need someone to help at the job site on my larger jobs.
  6. I need someone to take on smaller jobs so I could focus on the larger ones.   These small jobs bog me down.
  7. I need Joel to fix this.  I told Joel all the problems and he has done nothing to fix it.

I PROMISE YOU THIS PERSON SAID ALL THIS AND WAS 100% SINCERE!   I also promise you this person is not the first one in the parking lot and is also not the last one to leave.  This person knows deep down what has to be done, yet will they do it…?  It really is one of the most frustrating and tough parts of my job, I have no idea how to help them.  I want to help.  All I could think of is writing this down and hoping they will say, it’s about me, I have to change after they seeing it in writing.     Team, when you come to me with these type of requests, I am not going to do anything.    I can’t fix you!  You have to fix you!

Quit playing defense.


And quit putting 8 foot ceilings on what God can do.




You want or need more?:

Here’s a 15 minute video on GRIT by Jon Gordon.


– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.   Our mission is to be a supplier of others happiness.  I hope this little post did just that.


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