Have you ever found your head spinning with a to-do list longer than your 5-year old’s Christmas list? Let’s face it, for most of us, there are way too many “to do’s” in a single day. How can we stop spinning long enough to accomplish at least the most important to-do’s?
Tunnel vision, my friends.
There are appropriate times for broadening our horizons, and using panoramic vision. Sitting at my desk today, with a to-do list that’s longer than all six of my kid’s past Christmas lists combined, is not one of those appropriate times. I need to focus. I need tunnel vision.
One of my strengths is my ability to see possibility in nearly anything; I look beyond what I’m seeing to see opportunity. I’m also very good at listening while working; I’m usually both aware of what I’m doing and what’s going on around me. This is both awesome and debilitating: I can’t truly focus if I’m also filtering in the conversations and actions around me.
Those of us who struggle with focus, excel at other things. I can create a gourmet dinner from a sparse refrigerator or turn a huge fail into a winning opportunity. I can see broadly, imagining multiple opportunities far into the future, but ask me to focus on one thing and I go nutso. I get flustered. I find a dozen other things to do. I repair broken jewelry from a decade ago. I avoid. And I rebel. Literally. I have been fired from jobs in the past because no one could ever find me at my desk. I was off working on a bigger project (I had also been assigned), one that allowed me to use all of my abilities to see, imagine, create and dream, but I wasn’t focused on the project with a deadline of that day.
Are you, like me, a master multitasker, but not so good when it comes to focus? We both know this is not good.
How do we improve our focus and increase our productivity?
Here are three changes to my daily routine that have helped me, I hope they help you too!
- Every decision we make in a day taxes our brain. Start working on the most important – and difficult – projects first, and save the more simple tasks for later. This will help you make the most important decisions while your brain is fresh.
- Figure out your most productive time, when is it easiest for you to focus, is it morning, mid-afternoon, nighttime? Do your most strenuous thinking and hardest tasks during that time.
- Turn off all distractions and allow your brain to focus. We are so accustomed to multitasking, our brain literally needs to be retrained to focus on a single task.
And now I’m off to another task. One thing at a time is today’s motto.
It’s OK to be a visionary, in fact it’s a talent, but it’s also OK to put on those tunnel vision blinders and focus.
Remember: tune out everything else and focus! Multitasking has its merits too, but tunnel vision will help you accomplish the most important and most difficult tasks, allowing you to have quality time to work on the lighter, more creative tasks. It’s much more fun to work this way. I promise. And you might even have time to peruse those Christmas lists!
Jean Krisle is the CEO/Founder of 10,000 Beds, Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit organization with the mission of recovery. She is currently #OnTheRoad4Recovery, traveling the US to elevate awareness, change perceptions around addiction and recovery, and connect with people affected by addiction. Jean speaks to teams to inspire success after change, whether it’s recovery from addiction, a personal loss, or a new challenge. She helps you find the opportunity in your trials, challenges and failures. Her message is about capitalizing on challenges and looking for and finding opportunity in the midst of them. She also speaks to CEOs to inspire vision, collaboration and stronger leadership for greater success.You can connect with Jean at the 2017 ETHOS conferences in Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and New Orleans. Or you can reach her at email@example.com. You can also support 10,000 Beds by making a contribution today to help provide scholarships for those without resources seeking help for addiction.
Have you ever peeked through a pair of binoculars? I have. I typically start with a specific focus, but then find myself looking at all kinds of things. Although binoculars are designed to help us focus, they also give us the opportunity to explore random sights we might never have seen otherwise.
The same can be said for trials. When in the middle of a trial, we are typically focused on one thing, but as we struggle through it, we find ourselves thinking a myriad of random thoughts. They may be spot on, or way off the mark. Either way, just like binoculars, challenges and trials provide the opportunity to closely examine things we might not have otherwise.
The truth is, life’s challenges sharpen our vision, if we let them. We examine our priorities, analyze our strengths and weaknesses, prioritize our wants and needs, and reaffirm (or not) relationships, both personal and professional.
Challenges are part of life. The next time you’re in the midst of one, you might ask yourself, “Whatcha lookin’ for?” – and then give that question some thought, the answer might surprise you.
Are you looking to blame, or looking to learn? Are you taking a step back, or choosing to move forward?
Whatcha’ lookin’ for when you are facing a challenge? In the workplace, in your relationships. The answer could change your career, your life, your relationship.
So the next time you’re using binoculars to focus in on something, take a minute to look further and explore new things.
Jean Krisle is the CEO/Founder of 10,000 Beds, Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit organization with the mission of recovery. She is currently #OnTheRoad4Recovery, traveling the US to elevate awareness, change perceptions around addiction and recovery, and connect with people affected by addiction. Jean speaks to teams to inspire success after change, whether it’s recovery from addiction, a personal loss, or a new challenge. Her message is about looking for and finding opportunity in the midst of challenges. She also speaks to CEOs to inspire vision, collaboration and stronger leadership for greater success.You can connect with Jean at the 2017 ETHOS conferences in Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and New Orleans. Or you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also support 10,000 Beds by making a contribution today to help provide scholarships for those without resources seeking help for addiction.
Yesterday I authored a blog post for 10,000 Beds, the 501c3 nonprofit organization. It referenced the ineffectiveness of sideline coaching by parents, in both addiction treatment and soccer. You can read it here.
Today I’m talking not about soccer or addiction treatment, but about sideline coaching in the workplace, prompted by personal experience. And let me begin by clearly stating that there are appropriate times for sideline coaching a manager or leader, and there are clearly understood instances when you should not.
Leaders lead. They make decisions based on information provided by staff, their own research, current trends, and historical data. Staff has the responsibility to be thorough and timely in providing pertinent data. And in some rare instances, staff also has the responsibility to advise their leader (boss, manager, CEO, VP, etc) when they know that a decision made is incorrect.
When is it appropriate to challenge a leader’s decision?
I’ve been the leader and I’ve been the sideline coach. To be frank, I prefer being the leader. However, there have been moments in my career when as the sideline coach, my input changed a leader’s trajectory of thought. Has that happened to you? If so, how did that happen?
Ask yourself, are you the type that challenges a leader just to be divisive, or are you the person who supports by actively participating, sometimes needing to provide counteractive information?
When challenging a leader, timing is critical, delivery is critical, but the most important detail is accuracy. You better have done your homework! Challenging anyone’s position or decision is not to be taken lightly and if you do, you better have data and reasoning to back your stance, not just a gut feeling.
Let’s talk about the over-zealous detail guys.
You know who I am talking about. The one that always finds a small detail to challenge, and often he’s correct, but in the big picture it just doesn’t matter….do you have one on your team?
I do. And it’s been a learning experience to understand the difference in the way we think, and to appreciate his detail-oriented questions for what they are. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still irritating as heck, but I can deal with it. I acknowledge his point, and clearly state that although that tiny, tiny detail is real, it’s insignificant in the big picture. TOTALLY insignificant.
Bottom line: leaders need to recognize that they don’t always see every detail, because they are often thinking big picture and looking from the top down, but team members also need to recognize that they definitely don’t see every detail because they don’t need to, they are looking up from below (frankly, it’s not in their pay grade). These overly zealous detail folks can be irritating, but they shouldn’t be ignored. They see things many of us “big picture thinkers” miss.
But what about the person who is 100% supportive, and not challenging or adversarial at all? What about the person who has a critical piece of information that could change a leader’s train of thought? This person most likely approaches the leader differently, and there is probably also a mutually respectful relationship of sorts already in place. This person can send a quick email or tap on the CEOs door and be noticed, and listened to. Even this person may not have information that changes a decision, but their input matters and everyone knows it.
Leaders make decisions based on input from their team, their staff, their colleagues, their board, and their own due diligence. Leaders are paid to do this. They are paid to lead, to decide and to inspire excellence by doing so. They are respected for these abilities.
To lead. To decide. And to inspire excellence by doing so.
It’s appropriate to provide new information to a leader when you feel it’s something they are not aware of that might change a decision they are about to make. In my personal experience, 99% of the time they already had the information, but that doesn’t mean you should not share.
Where the risk comes, is when you continually second guess a leader’s decisions and repeatedly share information you believe should change their direction, and more often then not, they steadfastly choose to stay the course. At that point, you need to nod your head and say OK, thanks for listening to me! And retreat. Because in the end, it’s their decision, it’s their job.
One last thing…an effective leader is willing to listen, but also knows when to say he or she has heard enough. A strong leader welcomes input, but also knows when to forge ahead.
In an open corporate environment, staff members are encouraged to speak out, share their thoughts, and collaborate. This model empowers the staff and garners respect for the leader.
When decisions become the result of a team effort, everyone wins.
Sideline coaching is a sport we all engage in, but to be effective it must be part of the corporate culture, it must be carefully thought out, and the leader and the sideline coach must be equally engaged in the process. Teacher’s pets aren’t very popular in the workplace. Strategic, collaborative efforts lead to success for everyone.
Remember, it takes courage to speak up. But courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Jean Krisle is the CEO/Founder of 10,000 Beds, Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit organization with the mission of recovery. She is currently #OnTheRoad4Recovery, traveling the US to elevate awareness, change perceptions around addiction and recovery, and connect with people affected by addiction. Jean speaks to teams to inspire success after change, whether it’s recovery from addiction, a personal loss, or a new challenge. She also speaks to CEOs to inspire vision, collaboration and stronger leadership for greater success.You can connect with Jean at the 2017 ETHOS conferences in Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and New Orleans. Or you can reach her at email@example.com. You can also support 10,000 Beds by making a contribution today to help provide scholarships for those without resources seeking help for addiction.
Where in the world is JeannieB?
I ask myself that question every day, so it’s not odd if you’ve been wondering as well. Where did I go?
It’s been 2 years since I actively worked on stage as a keynote speaker, or coordinated a workshop to train a corporate team.
So where have I been? One hashtag: #ontheroad4recovery – Two words: 10,000 Beds – Or three words if you spell it out: Ten Thousand Beds.
No, I have not been selling mattresses, collecting bed frames, or working as a madame in Las Vegas (my favorite guess about what 10,000 Beds is all about from a guy at a gas station in “Lost Wages”). I’ve been #ontheroad4recovery with 10,000 Beds, the 501c3 nonprofit organization I started after my son dove head first into the world of addiction and I became the enabling mom. Thank God he’s in recovery and I figured out how to appropriately love him during his addiction and support him in his recovery. So, we are grateful, very, very grateful, and as a result, everything we do through 10,000 Beds comes from a place of gratitude!
In the past two years 10,000 Beds has awarded more than $2,000,000 (TWO MILLION DOLLARS) in treatment scholarships for hundreds of clients without resources, battling addiction, and seeking help. And our goal is to award $5,000,000 in treatment bed scholarships in 2018.
It’s been a wild ride, but life changing and energizing too. We will be criss crossing the US in “Big Blue” (see pic below) through November 2018! (No wonder I never know where I am!)
BUT…that’s not all I will be doing.
It’s time for me to return to my love of speaking, to my love of meeting new people who inspire me at the same time I am striving to inspire them to excellence.
So many people have supported me as I’ve worked to return to this love of mine: Lois Creamer, Nancy Vogl, Rena Romano, Lisa Braithwaite, Pilar Ortiz, Elizabeth McCormick, Michelle Villalobos, and Elaine Pasqua to name a few…all members of the National Speakers Association. These women have inspired me with kind words of advice, mounds of encouragement, and motivational nudges to get me back in front of some of my favorite people – my audience.
I’ve been in leadership since my youth. I’ve crawled up the corporate ladder and jumped down from it too.
And now, here I am again, leading a national organization that is not only recognized for its ethical and humanitarian achievements in the addiction treatment industry, but also known to thousands of families and individuals affected by addiction.
10,000 Beds has been written about, talked about, and honored. We are thrilled to have been interviewed multiple times by the one and only Randall Carlisle of ABC4Utah, and on top of that, we are growing exponentially even as I type.
There is so much I want to share, so many personal experiences I want to translate into career changing lessons for leaders and their team members, all from this wild and crazy corporate world I’ve once again found myself in. Whether for profit or nonprofit, the role of corporate leader is challenging on every level. Having said that…I can hardly wait to get started!
Leaders need inspiration. They need nudges. They need training too, because…
Leaders aren’t born…or are they?
I believe effective leadership skills can be learned, but I believe true leadership competency comes from within; an innate ability to inspire excellence in everyone around you, to build something from nothing, and to make those hard decisions that take a company to heights no one else imagined.
My name is Jean Krisle. I am a leader. And I am right here, present and accounted for.
Watch for me on stage, because I AM BACK!
Jean Krisle is the CEO/Founder of 10,000 Beds, Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit organization with the mission of recovery. She is currently #OnTheRoad4Recovery, traveling the US to elevate awareness, change perceptions around addiction and recovery, and connect with people affected by addiction. Jean speaks to teams to inspire success after change, whether it’s recovery from addiction, a personal loss, or a new challenge. She also speaks to CEOs to inspire vision, collaboration and stronger leadership for greater success.You can connect with Jean at the 2017 ETHOS conferences in Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and New Orleans. Or you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also support 10,000 Beds by making a contribution today to help provide scholarships for those without resources seeking help for addiction. (Jean’s maiden name is Baugh, and many dear friends – and a few of her kids – call her JeannieB).
It’s all a huge puzzle. Each marketing piece connects to another and when one is missing, the corporate puzzle is not what it should be. For instance:
- Ethical marketing is critical to corporate character.
- Corporate character is critical to a sustainable brand.
- A sustainable brand is critical to profits.
- Profits are critical to longevity.
C.S. Lewis said, “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” Corporate character is similar. A gorgeous logo and catchy slogan are not true indicators of corporate character. The inner workings of a company determine their corporate character. And for the most part, consumers can’t see what’s going on inside.
Having said that, consumers are very savvy. The customer experience is a reality and a company’s consideration of every customer and employee touch is noticeable through attitudes, follow through, attention and more. Every decision a company makes should be bounced against the wall of customer experience. This includes all exterior efforts to market a product or service, along with interior actions that determine employee brand loyalty and performance.
Some companies operate on ethical principals organically, it’s in their DNA. For this to happen, there must be commitment at the top. When management behavior is based on genuine conviction, that conviction trickles down creating a greater likelihood of commitment, internal loyalty, and consistent ethical behaviors across all stakeholders, leading to a sustainable brand and longevity. Today’s consumer seeks out evidence of corporate responsibility: fair employment practices, sustainable materials, environmental stewardship, and charitable donations. And once found, consumers are loyal to to companies with a strong sense of corporate character.
Companies with ethical practices, clear messaging and a strong corporate character are winners in the eyes of consumers, which translates to winning when it comes to their bottom line.
Selling a product or service can be a nail-biting experience. Especially for someone who is just beginning with a new company.
Not so long ago, I was introduced to a potential partner. I spent several weeks trying to decipher the formula used to determine profits. I couldn’t make sense of it, no matter how many questions I asked.
It took me three months to decipher the “formula” and determine that the profits were not exactly as they had been explained to me, in fact, they were dramatically different. I’ll spare you the details, but I bailed. Instantly.
Ethics in marketing can make or break the corporate climate, corporate culture, and corporate reputation of a company. Some companies just do it right from the beginning. Others learn the hard way. And then there are those who love to wander through shades of gray, cutting corners, telling white lies, forgetting the customer experience part of the sales formula, and focusing only on profit.
What causes unethical actions? Greed. We could talk for hours on this, I suppose, but when all is said and done, it’s greed. And greed can sway an ethical marketer to unethical marketing overnight. Of course, that’s probably the last good night’s sleep they’ll have in awhile, but they’ll have huge profits – again, for awhile.
What is unethical marketing? The following list was published by Marketing Schools, and it sheds some light on those gray areas:
- Surrogate Advertising – In certain places there are laws against advertising products like cigarettes or alcohol. Surrogate advertising finds ways to remind consumers of these products without referencing them directly.
- Exaggeration – Some advertisers use false claims about a product’s quality or popularity. A Slogan like “get coverage everywhere on earth” advertises features that cannot be delivered.
- Puffery – When an advertiser relies on subjective rather than objective claims, they are puffing up their products. Statements like “the best tasting coffee” cannot be confirmed objectively.
- Unverified Claims – Many products promise to deliver results without providing any scientific evidence. Shampoo commercials that promise stronger, shinier hair do so without telling consumers why or how.
- Stereotyping Women – Women in advertising have often been portrayed as sex objects or domestic servants. This type of advertising traffics in negative stereotypes and contributes to a sexist culture.
- False brand comparisons – Any time a company makes false or misleading claims about their competitors they are spreading misinformation.
- Children in advertising – Children consume huge amounts of advertising without being able to evaluate it objectively. Exploiting this innocence is one of the most common unethical marketing practices.
COMMENTS SPECIFIC TO THE ADDICTION INDUSTRY:In the addiction industry, some have discovered a few more ways to unethically market to clients seeking treatment for addiction, including nondisclosure of referral fees, sending a client-in-need to an adequate treatment facility only because it pays the highest fee, ignoring the real needs of the client while determining if they are worth the time (do they have insurance or cash), and finally, bouncing a client from one treatment center to another and paying them to do so. There are others, but I think this gives you an idea. These greedy models of customer relations do not service anyone well, and they definitely cross way over the line between ethical and unethical marketing. And like my experience, it can take awhile to recognize who the unethical folks are, but they can’t hide forever.
Ethics in all industries is critical to long-term success. In the addiction industry, phrases like “we’ve got two years left” are commonplace, as legislation looms in the not-so-far-off future, and some are unethically placing as many clients as they can to make as much money as they can…until they are told to stop.
There are many extraordinary, honest, caring and ethical placement organizations in the addiction treatment world. There are many models for how this can work, but until legislation changes, the most common is where the marketing person/company is paid for their services by the treatment center, but they earn that fee. They are the glue that keeps everything together and the oil that makes things work smoothly. They work closely with the family, the individual, the treatment center, the insurance company and more, both before, during and after treatment. They operate as an extension of the treatment center they are representing. They care, first and foremost, about the client’s well-being, their need for treatment, finding the appropriate treatment regardless of fee, and initially, the client’s safety at the first touch – that first call – not what insurance company they are working with. They earn their marketing fee for providing marketing and coordination services, and do it legally and ethically.
In the end, unethical tactics will bring down those who are participating; companies will be forced to close their doors, representatives will lose their jobs, treatment centers will lose their licenses. And consumers and clients will still need help, but they will be wiser moving forward. Today’s consumer spends time researching very carefully for a company with a strong corporate character. Don’t ever underestimate the power of ethical service and a strong corporate character.
What does corporate character look like? More tomorrow….
An article from Marketing Schools, shared the following list of Principles of Ethical Marketing. Although the individuals principles may seem broad and somewhat undefined, that is to be expected. Together they present a strong front for an ethical marketing program, take one or more away and the ethical marketing practices begin to unravel.
Ethical marketing is hard to pinpoint- except to say there is honesty in communications from every possible angle. And to some, honesty is subjective. Odd, but true. There’s a lot of gray in the marketing business.
As subjective as ethical marketing might seem, efforts to improve transparency, truth in advertising, and honest dealings with consumers continue to rise in both corporate practice and consumer expectations. Following the principles below is a good beginning as an organization begins to transition toward more ethical representation of products and services.
Principles of Ethical Marketing
- All marketing communications share the common standard of truth.
- Marketing professionals abide by the highest standard of personal ethics.
- Advertising is clearly distinguished from news and entertainment content.
- Marketers should be transparent about who they pay to endorse their products.
- Consumers should be treated fairly based on the nature of the product and the nature of the consumer (e.g. marketing to children).
- The privacy of the consumer should never be compromised.
- Marketers must comply with regulations and standards established by governmental and professional organizations.
- Ethics should be discussed openly and honestly during all marketing decisions.
Can you think of additional principles that might be added to this list? In the addiction industry, as with other industries where profits have unlimited potential, putting the client need first is a challenge when a variety of factors will determine whether you can make any money with any particular client.
Questions treatment referral companies face when they are paid per client placement:
- Do they ask first if the client is OK, or do they first discover if they have insurance?
- Do they place the client in the best treatment center available to meet the client’s unique needs and circumstances, or do they place at the treatment center that will pay the highest fee?
How do we separate profit from services when dealing directly with clients in need?
More on this in my next blog post: Shades of Gray: Marketing Variables.
The problem with unethical marketing is that it’s often as effective as it is unethical. When the bottom line is the single point of focus, ethical marketing takes a backseat to dishonest communications. How can we change this?
The good news is that consumers are already asking for change. The days of pulling the wool over the customer’s eyes are over. Today’s consumers are savvy; they have Google at their fingertips. They can research your product, your company, your CEO, your policies.
If you’re selling soap or soup, ethical marketing may seem like a minimal concern, but in specific industries, such as health, medical, addiction treatment, behavioral health, beauty & exercise – the customer’s needs MUST be put first and ethical marketing can be crucial to the client’s well-being.
More good news is that companies are responding. Ethics in business is a subjective topic, but anyone can honestly answer the question for themselves “Do I sound like a deceptively smooth-talking con-artist or an honest, upfront representative of my company’s ethical corporate culture?”
Ethical marketing is not a list of rules set in stone; it’s a set of guidelines to assist companies as they evaluate new marketing strategies. It’s a standard to check all marketing against, from the representative, to the messaging, to the customer relationship.
More specifics on Ethical Marketing Principles in my next blog post.
Who knew that I would transition from nonprofit consultant to nonprofit founder?
Who knew that I would enter the addiction recovery industry, wide-eyed and naive, and that it would become my passion?
Who knew that in my late-50s I would take an unexpected very sharp turn to the left and change my career path completely?
Not me. Not me. Not me.
And yet, here I am, surrounded by real life heroes every single day – addicts in recovery – some of the most resilient, kind, courageous and sincere people I’ve ever known. And together we are changing lives and saving lives.
Visit our website at 10000beds.org to learn more about our addiction scholarships and the amazing treatment professionals and facilities we work with!
If you are interested in booking me as a speaker, please contact me directly at email@example.com and let’s talk! My presentations remain based in motivational topics, but expand with new life experiences every year! How exciting is that?!
My new favorite presentation is based on my newest book: AH HA MOMENTS. Watch for it! I talk about the crazy places we can experience inspiration (AH HA moments), the pivotal role of effective communication in business, the real definition of success, the power of one, the leadership gene in all of us, and the reality that anything is possible. Yep, it’s all in there.
See you soon!
There comes a time when we all need to look at our lives and simplify. For me, that time is now.
The Resource Tank has been my bread and butter for many years. It launched my speaking career, connected me with clients, and provided me a respected base to call my “business home”. I will forever be grateful.
Yes, that means what you think it might. The Resource Tank is quietly fading into the sunset, but this redhead is enthusiastically bursting into the limelight. In my world simplifying seems to always morph into new chaos.
My goal is to continue speaking, but my focus has evolved beyond leadership to include the reality of career ups and downs, and how every single thing that happens in your career matters. Everything Matters. In life, in business, in family. The little things, the big things, the things no one knows about but you. Everything. And this matters, it’s the end of an era for me in many ways.
And so, it’s with love, respect, and gratitude that I close one chapter in my life to open another. My newest venture 10,000 Beds, Inc. will launch on September 1st, 2015. If you’re reading this, you are one of the few in the know. (Lucky you!)
10,000 Beds is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization working with partner treatment facilities across the United States to identify and award 10,000 scholarship treatment beds by 2020.
Our goal is to provide help through these donated scholarship beds to addicts who need help and want help, but can’t afford the cost of residential treatment. We have received overwhelming support and positive responses from everyone we’ve talked to about this effort…and we haven’t even launched!
10,000 Beds is a sister company to Helping Recovery, my primary marketing business. We work with clients who need treatment and facilities who can provide treatment and we put the two together. It’s an emotional, rewarding, all-encompassing work. And we are passionate about it.
Addiction has touched our family and I am certain it’s touched yours, or someone you know. If you ever need help finding the best treatment center for someone, we are the people to call. We are experts. We do this every day, all day. We care and we will do whatever we can to help. You can reach us at 801-875-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Am I still available to speak? You bet! And I’ll still be crazy busy. I just won’t be working under the moniker of The Resource Tank. My office won’t change, my java mug won’t change, my desk won’t change, but my business name has changed.
So, I will bid TRT a fond farewell, and carefully tuck this blog in the cloud for safekeeping. Because as we all know, nothing ever really goes away anymore, it simply goes dormant and becomes an out of sight piece of our past.
Thank you for supporting me all these years…now come find me at 10000Beds.org or HelpingRecovery.org! There’s a lot going on in the world of recovery and we are honored to be part of it.
Speaking to audiences about the power of change, the reality that everything matters, the experiences of life that mold great leaders, and working with people to help them rediscover a clean and sober life keeps me on a personal “high” every single day. I’m blessed, grateful and more excited than ever.
My career has been a roller coaster of awesome experiences. I wouldn’t change a thing. And that’s the message I need to deliver, I want to deliver, and that audiences love to hear. It’s all good, it all matters, and it all leads us to our ultimate calling and destiny.
So off I go…thanks again!
(Oh, and that whole “simplify” idea…it will never happen in my lifetime, but it IS my reoccurring daydream.)
And now. Adieu.