Get Tough

This past weekend I was back in Tampa at the Tampa Airport Marriott hotel. It was warm in Tampa, and there was some nice moisture in the air. For those of us who live in drier climates like Colorado, it's nice to get a tase of that moisture once in a while.

But, the hotel was super-cooled. The air conditioning was on full blast, and people were wearing jackets in the meeting rooms and then heading for the patios on the breaks just to warm up.

The temperature didn't cool down the seminar, though.

Before I tell you what happened, I want to tell you about the guy in front of me this morning as I got ready to board my flight home. He was just a bit grumpy. Actually, he was a LOT grumpy. After he ended his long conversation with the gate agent, he turned and started talking to me. He had a long list of complaints about United. This time, they had lost his upgrade and had nothing to say or do about it, he said. Then, he told me that he has flown over 8 million miles on United, and they treat him like dirt. He told me that it was all going to end in October, though, when he takes delivery on his new plane.

What I learned next was a shocker, though.

I ask him what he did that had him on the road so much. Know what he said? "I'm a motivational speaker..." and then he told me more about what he does.


You're kidding, right? With all that negativity? I don't get it. And I don't have time for thinking that way. But, he's made a very good living for many years doing what he does. Good enough to buy a new jet. Very interesting!

That said, his attitude was so different from the one I experienced all weekend. At the Get Tough fitness seminar, I met Dan Gable again and he challenged me with some great insights into how to keep moving forward. I had my body -- and mind -- challenged and pushed to Get Tough. To be tough on myself. Tougher than anyone else is. The other speakers and coaches pushed all of us, too. And I'll tell you more about them in future emails, too, including a man who pushed himself beyond what would kill most people.

Here is what he said: Balance what you know and what you do.

It is important to keep learning. It is equally important to apply what you learn. Balance kowing and doing.

Push yourself to do what you are committed to doing!

Let's go!

Stephen Hultquist

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