Notes (Advice) to My Younger Self

This post is a result of reflections on turning seventy and as I continue the 49th year of my coaching journey. These are thoughts on what I could have done better or at least differently. They are the results of questions in the process of mentoring other coaches and raising my children. The questions usually are: What have you learned? What would do differently? Hopefully this will stimulate you to think and learn from my mistakes, missteps and an occasional success.

  • Slow down you move too fast.
  • You don’t always have to be right.
  • Knock the chip off your shoulder.
  • No one knows everythingIt is not necessary to get in the last word.
  • Smile.
  • Listen more, talk less.
  • You don’t have to be the savior.
  • It’s OK to make money, many people do not value free.
  • Earn the right, pay your dues.
  • Be here now – in the moment.
  • The big time is not the place to be.
  • It’s not a perfect world, deal with it.
  • Passion needs to be handled carefully. It is like a high-octane fuel, very volatile and explosive.
  • Stand up for what you believe in.
  • Beware of false prophets bearing gifts.
  • Tune out the naysayers.
  • Forgive but don’t forget.
  • Be a participant not a recipient.
  • Be true to yourself.
  • Don’t confuse the messenger with the message.
  • Be the best YOU, you can be.
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