Glory Days (#347)

A friend of mine recently shared this story with me: My wife and I recently visited retired friends at an upscale community outside Charleston, South Carolina. We could not have been more impressed with the quality of life and the relaxed atmosphere of the community—seemingly free of the anxiety of people rushing from one place to another. The amenities included a beautiful golf course, a club house with an outstanding workout facility and several restaurants featuring excellent food and matching service. My friends were enjoying everything they imagined their ‘golden years’ would offer. With three grown children, two in college …

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Tennis Lessons (#346)

On Sunday evening, after two weeks of incredible tennis at the US Open, the tournament concluded with Carlos Alcaraz, a 19-year-old Spanish phenom, winning the men’s championship. In doing so, he also became the youngest player to ever hold the No. 1 ranking in the world. Alcaraz got to the finals by winning several five-set, five-hour matches. This included his quarterfinal match against the ascendant American Francis Tiafoe, whose incredible backstory is probably worthy of its own Friday Forward. Alcaraz possesses rare physical talents for someone his age. However, what impressed me most as I watched him play throughout the …

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Dogged Determination (#345)

“I am always looking for the Picasso.” This was one of many memorable lines from a speech I saw George Naddaff give to a group of entrepreneurs a little over six years ago. With only a few notes and artifacts, Naddaff, who is often referred to as the “Guru of Franchising,” spoke for three hours straight, captivating everyone with his life’s story. Although I didn’t take a single note, I remember many of his lessons to this day. Naddaff was the son of immigrant parents from Lebanon. He was born at the beginning of the Great Depression, which struck just …

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Deciding Values (#344)

One of the best things any person or organization can do is make important decisions in alignment with their core values. In fact, a clear test of a value is when you are willing to make a values-based decision that causes temporary discomfort, or does not serve you well in the short-term. A core value should remain constant. If you are willing to go against a value as circumstances change, or in the face of pain or pressure, then it’s not really a value. In the past few weeks, I saw two opposite examples of how values played into corporate …

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