Run All The Way!


Have you ever watched a baseball game and seen a player give up on a play before it was over?

Watch this video for an example of what I’m talking about…

Sports bloopers are funny but when you really stop and think about it most of these errors are the result of players, who get paid millions of dollars playing a kid’s game, giving up too early.

When I was a kid I played both T-Ball and Softball just about every summer until I was 14.  One thing the coaches always drilled into us was the need to run out a play all the way to the end.

If it looks like you’re going to be out, keep running, you never know if the other player will drop the ball or miss the tag.  If it looks like a ball is going to drop or the runner is going to beat the throw, keep running, you never know what the other players are going to do.

I’ve carried this lesson into my professional life.

I work ten hours a day, five days a week.  My goal for every weekday is to hold two meetings, reach out to forty contacts, and send 5 cold emails.  On the weekends I spend time with family and friends, go to church, and do research.

Some days, I can get all my work done quicker than others.  On the days I’m done early I keep reaching out, sending more emails and booking more meetings because you never know when you are going to have a day that you don’t get anything accomplished.

But just as often I get toward the end of the day and it looks like I will fail in my goals.  On those days I keep pushing right up until quitting time, which for me is 7:00 pm.  I “run all the way” because you never know who’s going to pick up the phone or respond to that email at 6:59 pm.

Last Friday was a perfect case in point.  I had been out most of the day meeting with clients and had only managed to reach out to 33 contacts.  It was late, and to be fair, on Fridays I do tend to quit early.  But I hadn’t reached my goals and had only booked one meeting so far.  Three calls later, on my 36th reach out, 5 minutes before quitting time I got a prospect on the phone.  We talked for a few minutes and then he said, “It’s Friday afternoon, why don’t we continue this conversation over coffee in my office next week?”

I could have given up 3 calls before I dialed that guy’s number.  But because I am committed to running all the way I kept going and as a result I booked that meeting and reached my goal for the day.

So that’s all I’ve got for you today.  I hope you are as inspired to “Run All The Way” as I am!

Tell me a story in the comments below of a time when you ran all the way, or failed to, and what the results were.  I look forward to hearing from you.

I love watching sports bloopers too, feel free to send me your favorites and give me a laugh.

L C Sheil writes regularly about, spirituality, life and business coaching.  He is the founder and director of The Matthew 5:5 Society (formerly The Meekonomics Project) where he coaches ministry and business leaders to Live Life to the Fullest in Complete Submission to the Will of God. 

Mr. Sheil has authored two books and is available for public speaking and one on one coaching in the areas of work life balance,  finding and living your core values  and financial literacy.  Write to The Matthew 5:5 Society here for more information or follow L C Sheil on twitter and instagram.  

Fail Trying!


This is my motto for the time being. I think I’m going to start tweeting stories and videos of epic failure with the hash tag #failtrying and see if I can make it go viral.

The Fail Trying movement will be a celebration the human spirit. I will celebrate people who strive for greatness and miss but who deserve praise simply for the attempt.

I was 16 in the winter of 1988 when the Olympic Games were held in the Canadian city of Calgary.175px-brian_orser_-_1988_calgary_olympics_-_lac_pa-209756

Situated just east of the Rocky Mountains, less than one hour’s drive from some of the best alpine skiing in the world, Calgary is ideally situated to host a winter Olympics. By all accounts the 1988 games were one of the most successful winter Olympics ever and the first to actually turn a profit.

I, like just about every other red blooded Canadian, spent two weeks that February glued to my television. The stories of athletic triumph, “the joy of victory and the agony of defeat” that came out of Calgary that winter are similar to those we hear every four years from every Olympic Games. What figure skating fan could forget the “battle of the Brians” when American Brian Boitano defeated home town favourite Canadian Brian Orser for gold in one of the greatest show-downs ever recorded on ice? Or who can forget Switzerland’s Primin Zurbriggen and Peter Muller finishing, one two in the men’s downhill?

Calgary’s winter Olympics are perhaps best remembered for two stories of spectacular failure. Today, almost thirty years later when most people think about the 1988 Winter Olympics they don’t remember the winners, they remember one of these two failures.

Why?

Because both of these “failures” have been dramatized into major motion pictures…

bobsled“Cool Runnings”, released in 1993 tells the story of the Jamaican Bobsledding team that set out to compete against the best in the world despite never having seen snow. They failed. They didn’t even post an official time because they crashed in their qualifying run.

“Eddie the Eagle”, released in 2016 is the biopic based on the life of Michael “Eddie” Edwards. Edwards was the first person to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping since 1929. He didn’t exactly fail. He just finished dead last on both the 70 and 90 metre hills.

I saw both of these events unfold live, in real life. The thing that struck me about them then and continues to have an impact on me today is the idea that you can be victorious in failure, even spectacular failure. It isn’t enough that no one expected four guys from Jamaica to win a bobsled race. It isn’t enough that no one expected a British skier who had previous failed to qualify for the 1984 games in a different sport to suddenly become a world class ski jumper. What made them famous and transcended the games they were a part of is the fact that they failed while trying.

Minneapolis, Minnesota isn’t exactly a hotbed of culinary innovation. But on Cedar Ave, just off I94 you will find Tam Tam’s African Restaurant, owned and operated by a Ugandan immigrant to the United States named Stephen Kaggwa. Tam Tam’s is not a chain and it’s not world famous by any stretch, it’s a small privately owned business just like millions of others all over the world. Kaggwa the restaurant owner makes a nice living from his simple and unremarkable business but Kaggwa the man, is famous for coining a business maxim that has been quoted thousands of times in board rooms and loading docks from New York City to Hicksville USA.

“Try and fail, but don’t fail to try” – Stephen Kaggwa

Eddie the Eagle failed to qualify for the 1984 Olympics. The story could have ended eddiethere but it didn’t. He moved to Lake Placid, New York and took up ski jumping. While in New York he ran out of money and moved to Finland to take job as an orderly in a mental institution. The story could have ended there too, but it didn’t. He continued to train and compete in Finland and although still terrible by most everyone’s standards he became the number one ranked British ski jumper, enough to qualify for the Olympics.

In terms of international competition Michael “Eddie” Edwards is a failure. He never won a thing. But we love him, like we love the Jamaican bobsled team, because he tried.

Stephen Kaggwa is not a failure. He’s not a world famous restaurant owner either but he works hard and he is still trying.

Failure only happens when you stop trying. So fail trying. Get up and try again.

You don’t lose the game until the whistle blows, the last out is recorded or your time expires. Get up and try again.

#failtrying

Here’s a video of some spectacular failures that will warm your heart and make you say, even the pros fail sometimes but they keep trying..

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My Problem with The Law of Attraction


So I had a thought the other day.  I don’t make any secret of the fact that I dislike the law of attraction.  (Pun not intended)  Here’s why;

My limited research has proven one distinct constant with successful people, those who profess the law of attraction and those who don’t.  The one and only thing that all successful people have in common is an affinity for hard work.  Furthermore, the only thing that a belief in the law of attraction seems to attract is, you guessed it, hard work.

Case in point;  Napoleon Hill, the man who arguably discovered the law of attraction did so after interviewing hundreds of the most successful business leaders of his time, what did these people have in common?  They believed that like attracts like (the law of attraction) but they also passionately believed in themselves and their ideas and worked harder than almost anyone else on the planet to prove their ideas right.  Or consider one of the greatest success writers of our time, Jack Canfield, co-author of the amazingly successful “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, he believes in and preaches the law of attraction too, but he also works harder than most other authors and certainly harder almost all of his readers.

So is it the so called Law of Attraction or just good old fashioned hard work that makes people successful?

I certainly don’t thinking it can be both and as an ardent believer in the protested work ethic it seems altogether more logical to me that hard work is a far more important ingredient in success than the so called law of attraction.  So there, that’s why I don’t like the law of attraction.