The Most Amazing Thing Happened Last Night!



The Most Amazing Thing Happened Last Night…

I ACTUALLY SLEPT GREAT IN MY HOTEL ROOM!  I know this might not seem like a big deal to you, but for me getting more than 4-5 hours of sleep away from home is incredibly rare.  Last night I got a solid 7.5 hours!  I feel completely rested and ready for the day.

Today I have a few sales calls to make with reps, a quick manager’s meeting and then I’ll be headed back to Charlotte for a little rest.  I am not traveling next week which will be a nice break and then I am off to the coast to work with a property for a month.  It will be nice to be near the beach!  Plus Evelina is going to fly in on a couple of weekends for us to spend some time together.

Needless to say I enjoy traveling, but I miss my wife and Bentley.  Tonight we are meeting friends for dinner at Charlotte’s best Mexican restaurant and I’m not sure what I’m going to eat.  Dinner dates are great, but I now look forward more to the conversation and less to the food.  This UC situation is no joke and it greatly limits what I can eat.  I guess it could be worse.

That is all for today from me.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!



How do we deal with bullying?

Living My Life In 321


Bullying can happen in any number of places, contexts, or locations. I am much conscious of Bullying because I know how it feels to feel the way that you do not wish to. It is a very dangerous thing to go through and people need to realise this, unless you’ve been there yourself some do find it hard to understand. 

Types of bullying: 


  • Hitting
  • stealing
  • Tripping
  • Pushing
  • Hair Pulling


  • Name calling
  • Offences
  • Threatening
  • Comments (sexual, racial)

Social Bullying

  • Laying and spreading rumours
  • Leaving someone out on purpose

Cyber Bullying

  • Online threats
  • Spreading / making of rumours
  • Hate comments / texts / sharing via social media

You’d think that bullies would have disappeared by time we’ve reached adulthood, but some people never grow out of being a great dick. Bullies can still harass you, put you down, and even undermine your work.

There’s so many adults, out there that don’t…

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You Can’t Make People Want To Be Great


You Can’t Make People Want To Be Great…

There is one mindset that has allowed me success in my job and it is the fact that I set as my goal to be the best.  I wanted to be the top seller in my entire company and every single habit in my professional life was aimed at that goal.  All of my energy was aimed at that goal.  Every time I made a cold call I was thinking about that goal.  And every time I didn’t feel like working hard I thought about the other guy or girl who was going to outwork me to take my spot!

The problem is you can’t make people want to be great.  Some people simply don’t have that mindset.  Some don’t have the discipline.  Some don’t have the drive.  Some don’t have the desire.  I have all of the above.

I am sure you have been on one side of this equation or the other.  You’ve either been the hyper-driven person or you’ve watched the individual operate in hyperdrive.

What I am finding is the desire to be great can be developed and it can come about from one deep realization.  It can happen in a flash of a thought.  It can happen in a moment.  But not everyone will work hard enough to become world-class at what they do.  Most people will work just hard enough to be proficient, with few becoming elite.

And companies around the world are full of workers who are just good enough to maintain employment.  What happened to wanting to be great?  Where is the mindset of being the best?  Has ambition and drive crawled off in some hole and died?

Maybe being hyper-driven isn’t normal.   Is it possible that possessing the internal desire to be the absolute best is abnormal?  I’m not sure, but I don’t see a lot of drive in people I know.


I Will Admit It, I’m Tired

DannyDriving back from Florida on Sunday evening and turning right around and driving out-of-town on Monday for business has wiped me out.  I will be headed home tomorrow and am looking forward to sleeping in my own bed.

I miss my wife and little B.

I struggle with getting a good night’s sleep when I’m away from home.  Night before last I woke at 2:30 am and couldn’t get back to sleep until 5:00 am.  Last night I slept through the night for the first time this week, but when I awoke I felt tired.

Hopefully tonight I’ll sleep a bit better.


I Love Vacation, I Hate Returning To the Real World

Danny's iphone 153I Love Vacation, I Hate Returning To the Real World…

Are you the type of person who wants to constantly be in vacation mode or do you like vacation for what it is, but like getting back to the routine of life?

I am the former although I do like my life.  When I return from vacation I go through a little down time where I look at pictures and miss the leisure that vacation affords.  I enjoy waking up in the morning and having a cup of coffee watching the waves crash.  I love choosing a new hole-in-the-wall for lunch.  I like to have nothing to do and all day to do it.

Then all of that comes screeching to a halt, it comes time to pack and hit the road headed home.  And I hate it.

I am the person who wishes to hit the lottery so I can spend endless days at the shore or in the mountain.  I like doing nothing.  Why should I be required to give that up??

Be alas here I am back out on the road on my quest to help my company transform.

One day I will live at the ocean or in the mountains and all will be right with the world.  It might take another 20 years, but I will be there one day.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday!


Back From Vacation and Now Back To Work


Danny's iphone 444We got back last night from our Naples and Disney vacation and now I’m back out on the road headed to train another one of my company’s newspapers.  Because I’m traveling today I am going to extend the Meet and Greet one more day and then I’ll be back to normal posting beginning Tuesday morning!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!


Blogging it out…bullying, what are we really teaching our children?

American Writers Exposed

*Please note, since writing this the school is in the process of issuing a formal apology to the young man involved and the children are writing sorry notes. My first instinct was to decline, but this issue is one to be remembered and I believe their fresh approach immensely wise.*

Because of the seriousness of this article, I am posting it as my monthly addition to the Insecure Writers’ Group

Dear Parents,

Your accounts and accolades of our youth on social media can only make them picture perfect. And what an unrealistic example or achievement is this in turn for our children to even fathom they have a chance of living up to. We teach these beautiful souls how to treat themselves and others. The excuse, excuse, of recounting children being children when misbehaving is a direct reflection of taking ZERO accountability in our role of educating them.

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Alan Davies and his friend Valegro!


The riders on the podium! The National anthem! The flower bouquets! The medals!  And behind all that……the horses and their grooms.  I don’t mean to take anything away from the riders but for getting onto the Olympic or World Championship podium the grooms are an essential part of the team and their contribution cannot be underestimated.

“Alan Davies, our travelling groom, is definitely the key to my success–he never stresses, and he’s the most incredible supporter and so proud of what our horses achieve.”—-Charlotte Dujardin.

This past week I had the opportunity to speak with Alan Davies, one of the world’s best known grooms, in the tack room of Carl Hester’s yard in Gloucestershire, England.


Alan, in case you don’t know him, is the groom responsible for Valegro, the Olympic gold medal winning horse, ridden by Charlotte Dujardin, in London 2012 and Rio 2016. He is also the groom responsible for Carl…

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