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All my life I have tried to make sure I was heading in the right direction. From a young age I knew where I wanted to go and worked hard to achieve my goals. Now, I’ve raised four kids, competed in a ton of athletic competitions, and run a number of businesses. I also know that the world is filled with things that I can do or learn to make my life better.

Have you ever wished you had more time to read and uncover information that matters? Have you ever wanted to know more about a topic that could be helpful to you, your coworkers, kids, and friends?

My solution to this problem was to read and share. I have always been an obsessive reader of just about everything. Whenever I uncover interesting articles I share them with friends and family, always adding my own comments to make them personal. Most of these topics focus on how to live a better life – with my family, coworkers, and friends.

I have decided to share them with you. I call them LIFEies; weekly emails full of motivation, lessons, and simple facts of life. A LIFEies could contain a thought, an idea, a lesson, action item, or simply an interesting topic that any of us could benefit from learning about.

If you would like to be a part of the LIFEies weekly email, please sign up on the right. If you know someone who might enjoy this kind of reading, please share.

Hope you enjoy!


  • In a recent LIFEies on Hardiness,  I mentioned a book I read back in 2006—Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies and Why.  I loved the book but especially loved the author's 12 rules for adventure and survival (they are below in an article from Forbes in 2012).  I loved them so much I copied them, recalled them monthly and revisited them for a whole year.  They were written for survival, and ... Read More
  • Below is an unpublished piece from my partner in NuttyBuddy, Captain Ramrod, Mark Littell. He writes all the time and sends me his musings.  Most are funny but the below was super interesting to me.  I found a ton of value in reading about General Patton (I have read "Killing Patton" by Bill O’Reilly as well) and know he was a flawed man but had done some incredible things.  But I didn’t re... Read More
  • Dan Sullivan taught me to create rules for my life. Not just any rules, but ones where I can win.  I love that.  These rules help me win every day just by living my Fantastic Life. Creating rules helps us reinforce good habits and rid us of poor ones, and gives us guideposts to measure our growth. Some rules I have for myself and my team at Coppola Cheney include: --Do what I say I will do --Fin... Read More
  • Success is rarely simple or easy. But sometimes you read a piece of wisdom that makes the path to success much clearer. This week's LIFEies is one of those tidbits that immediately made sense to me. It comes from the below speech given by Albert Gray back in 1940. "The common denominator of success – secret of success of every individual who has ever been successful – lies in the fact that ... Read More
  • I've written a lot in these LIFEies about developing good habits. Now let's talk about getting rid of bad habits. We all have bad habits, and in the past, I've tried multiple ways of getting rid of them. Quitting cold turkey, slowly phasing them out, replacing bad habits with good, you name it, I've tried it. Some bad habits are easy to kick, while others hang around for years. Below is a great ... Read More