you’re ok. i’m ok.

TGI— TUESDAY!

Team,

I got this gem from Cardinal Dolan:

“The world says “I’m OK, you’re OK”. Advent reminds us that the world, and our lives, are a mess. We need something – *someone* – to make us whole. We need our Savior! Our lives are like the empty manger awaiting the birth of Christ!”

How true this is!  We are not OK.  Not even close.  We have issues…at work, at home… but we look the other way and say “I’m OK.”  God will and can help you.  Just stop to ask.  Stop to say, “I surrender…”

Same for our team here at Drexel.  Never be defensive.  Never blame others.  Never have an excuse.  It’s ok to say HELP ME.  HELP ME.  HELP ME.   That will make you vunerable and everyone else around you stronger so you yourself can be stronger.

WE WILL MAKE MISTAKES… LET’S OWN UP TO THEM,  PAUSE, FIND SOLUTIONS AND LONG TERM ANSWERS TO THEM! 

WE ARE BETTER THAN YESTERDAY, BUT NOT AS GOOD AS WE WILL BE TOMORROW!

I’m not ok… but I’m working on it!

THANK YOU FOR ALL HELPING ME!

GOD BLESS!

— JOEL

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p.s. Lastly I was asked today from a friend and industry leader:

Joel, give me FIVE THINGS an Executive Leader MUST do EACH WEEK to energize their org like this! Give me FIVE…. NOW … FAST…. From your GUT!

My answer:

love

serve

care

pray

laugh

BALL IS LIFE

TGIM!

Many of you know I love sports.

I love also how it can easily relate to business and all aspects of life.

Recently I was having breakfast with a priest friend of mine, Father Mark, and asked him if sports were in heaven.  (These are our conversations.)   I asked because I loved sports.  Also sports is not a recent thing, or just within our culture.  It has been around and played in every culture on the planet as long as time has been tracked.  Lastly, since it’s kind of always been a thing and God created it all, maybe he did it for a reason.  I was worried however, since sports has defeats, and winning and losing, and struggles, that there would be no place for competition in heaven.  He assured me that he was positive there are sports in heaven.  So that would be cool.  I hope I can dunk.  A lot.  Anyways…

My point is we can learn a lot about life from sports.

Brad Stevens is the head basketball coach for a the Boston Celtics.   In a few years you will all know his name.  He has the best basketball mind on the planet (no offense Coach K)… here are some of his best quotes… so many of these quotes we can relate to our life… So many that I decided I wanted to share them with you.

Quotes from Brad Stevens (Think how these relate to your life.  Find ways to apply them.)

“Control what you can control; be great at controlling the controllables” he said. “Be reliable in doing your job every day, and part of that reliability is if there’s a ball on the ground and you are near it, you should dive. That’s your job.”’

 

  • “The moment coaches can stop coaching egos, roles, and agendas and can start coaching basketball, you have a great team” – Brad Stevens 
  • “Do your role as well as you possibly can and become a superstar in that role. Give it everything you got” – Brad Stevens 
  • “I think you recruit hard-playing guys. And if you’re a hard-playing guy and are around hard-playing guys, it’s contagious” – Brad Stevens 
  • “I don’t have the 5 positions anymore. It may be as simple as 3 positions now… you’re either a ball-handler, a wing or a big” – Brad Stevens 
  • “My door is always open to talk about playing time. But if you want to talk about playing time, be prepared for the truth” – Brad Stevens 
  • “We’re building a culture of accountability, trust, and togetherness. Entitlement will not be tolerated” – Brad Stevens 
  • “How good can we expect to be if our best player is not our best teammate” – Brad Stevens 
  • “You have a choice to make when you’re not playing. Either you’re invested and a great teammate, or your not” – Brad Stevens 
  • “If you don’t have accountability you will not improve” – Brad Stevens

 

 

AMOR FATI

TGIM!

AMOR FATI

I stumbled on this term.  And now am somewhat obsessed with it.  A term I’ve been trying to live for years.  To the point my life claims I have “no empathy” because she rarely if ever sees me stress or worried in troubled times.  It means to LOVE YOUR FATE in Latin.  Or essentially, no matter what “trust the process.”    In fact she even just told me that this weekend, “you have no empathy,” and I suppose she is quite right.  I struggle with that, and have to do better.  Just because I try (and I’m not perfect on it) in a AMOR FATI mindset, doesn’t mean others don’t need my love, support, and encouragement, and sometimes to mourn with them…however I always go back to AMOR FATI.

Fail Forward.

Fall 7, Rise 8!

Here’s a fantastic article explaining it more.

The Unfathomable Power of Amor Fati

— – 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.

I’M A LITTLE SCARED TOO

TGIM!

This is awesome… thanks for sharing this Keith.  We appreciate it.  (Please click on the below for this week’s TGIM.

I’m A Little Afraid

Very inspiring.  Fear is conquered by action.  Ready.  Fire.  Aim.

We are all a little scared, which is why we have to be there for each other!  TEAM.  FAMILY!

If that doesn’t work BREATHE through the fear…. but keep going!

RANDOM THOUGHTS TGIM

TGIM!

 

RANDOM THOUGHTS:

Some people don’t need you to preach a sermon, they need you to live one.   So when they see you living it they can connect and identify with that.”  – Inky Johnson

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“Action Cures Fear.  Indecision Fertilizes Fear.”

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The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important then how much intelligence you have.

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Positive energy and a bright attitude is contagious.  So is the opposite of that.

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The right attitude and one arm will always beat the wrong attitude and two arms.

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“Capacity is a state of mind.”  You can ALWAYS be busier.  You can always do more.  You may have to give up the waste, the clutter, but you can do it.

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Book: The magic of Thinking Big

State of happiness, it’s more than a meeting once a year.  It’s a life style.

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Get better.  Always.  You will die soon.  Worst case you did what you could to get better.  If you just focus on getting better… DIDN’T YOU JUST WIN LIFE?

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Ever wanted to hang around a crabby son of a b*tch?  Me neither.  You wanna be alone… then be a crabby mule.  Up to you…

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Nuts.

– 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.