An inch?  A very small distance right?  Place your thumb and your pointer finger a distance apart that represents an inch.   This distance sums it up in terms of the difference between success and failure.  One little inch.  Two days ago I was running on my treadmill and trying to run a marathon (26.2 miles).  At about mile 6, I was thinking, I’m tired and just don’t feel like running anymore.  But I told myself, just keep running and don’t stop.  Just keep running an inch at a time.   After running for a few more seconds and a few more inches, things started to change in my mind and body.  I started feeling better and before I knew it (an hours later), I was finished with my run.  I had exceeded my goal by 3 miles.  I had run 29 miles.   Now if I had not run that one more inch…..when I was feeling bad at mile 6, the run would have been over and I would not be enjoying the endorphins and the feeling of accomplishment from such a long run.

Life is about inches.  How often do we give up on our goals and dreams when success is just an inch away…….how often do we give up getting fit, learning to play an instrument, making our relationships better, doing better in a particular class in school because it gets difficult?  If we just stay in the game for a few more inches or a little while longer, we may have succeeded instead of accepting defeat.

An inch is not very far……………so don’t give up on what really is important to you when you feel like quitting.  Go one more inch….then another…..then another……….all those inches added up are the difference between winning and losing………between getting what you want or not getting anything at all………….between living or not living your dreams.

Ignore the critics.  Live your dreams!

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Halloween was a few days ago.   A week before Halloween my two kids were talking about how their costumes were not that great and how their friends’s costumes were going to be something special.   I told them that anyone could go to the store and buy a fancy costume or get someone to make them an extravagant costume.

I continued that to be truly unique in life is not a function of the clothes you wear or how long you wear your hair.   To be truly great and unique involves doing something different and better than others NOT wearing something different like a costume.   My son said, “like making good grades in school?”   Exactly.

Anyone can get a crazy haircut or buy something at a store to be different.  But very few are willing to work hard at developing a unique skill or product or service.    Remember, true uniqueness can’t be bought.

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Today I set a personal best for running.  I ran 33 miles today.   Why?  Good question.  My simple answer is “because I can”.   I woke up needing a challenge today and I got on a treadmill.   Many hours later, I had set a personal record for miles on a treadmill at one time.   Some may call me crazy, odd, sick, obsessed.   Perhaps the labels fit.  Perhaps not.  I’d like to call myself driven, focused, and determined.

Some people need “event goals” to run every day and to stay motivated.  I run for the pure enjoyment and challenge each day…..not to train for some future event.  I call it “goal less” running.

Now back to today’s run.   It was not planned, it just happened…….I started running and the further I ran, the closer I got to a personal record and I told myself I was too close to stop.

My question to you is “what challenge will you conquer today”?  Perhaps it’s not 33 miles running but maybe something that you know you can do but you just have not found the time or courage to do.    Running a certain distance?  Quitting something that is not good for you?   Starting something new?  Ending something old?   Perhaps my personal record today will motivate you to accomplish your personal challenge?  I sure hope so!

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10/24/10

I’m 46 years old.  My son is 11 (6th grade).   This past Friday my son awakened at 5:00 in the morning.  I asked him why he was up so early especially given he had gone to bed late due to having to complete homework.  He told me he got up so early in order to study for his exams in English that day.

Why do I share this about my son?  Well, I did not really feel like running on Friday.  My legs and mind felt like mush.  I had run a lot of miles this past week and just really did not have the desire to go running.  Then, I thought of my son who pushed himself to get up early this day to study.  I told myself if my 11 year old son can push himself, so can I.

I got on the treadmill and amazingly started to feel great.  16 miles later, I was thanking my son Bryton for the inspiration.   If it wasn’t for him, I would not have run today and not have pushed myself.  Where is your inspiration today to push yourself?  Perhaps it’s right under your nose or under your roof?

Ignore the critics.  Live your dreams!

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Someone once wrote:  “bloom where you are planted.”   With these words in mind, my family and I leave Blacksburg, VA on July 30th and will soon thereafter “plant” ourselves in Scottsdale, Arizona to “bloom” again.     I want to thank the tens of thousands of students who kindly took my classes during the past 15 years at VA TECH.    Thank you for encouraging me to be innovative in the classroom and for actively engaging me in class.   I especially want to thank my Spring 09 MGT 3304 class.  You were my last class at VA TECH and you gave the highest teaching ratings that I ever received at VA TECH.    My last semester here was full of emotions for me and thanks to this class for making it memorable.   In fact, thanks to all my classes for the memories.  If I can ever assist any of you in any manner, please email me or call.   I mean that!    I encourage each and every one of you to “bloom” wherever your lives may take you.

I look forward to teaching large Management classes at Arizona State and if you are ever in Tempe Arizona, please come sit in on my class.  You are always welcome.

Ignore the critics.  Live your dreams!

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