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Scrawnier Yet More Powerful

20 years or so ago,back in my frat days in college, I topped the scales at 260.

I was the strongest dude around campus.  Looking back, I was a bit on the fat side. 

You see, from the get go, I wanted to be big and muscular.  Arnold was my idol.

And then I got into competing and wanting to see how far I could take my physical appearance.  


While I learned a lot and wouldn’t trade those experiences for the world, it was a shallow perspective.  For a good while, that drive to look a certain way was driven by insecurity.


Now, I was to be the scrawniest I can be, within my set point, yet I am able to have more impact and influence (power) over those in my sphere.


As my muscles have shrunk, my mindset and spirit have grown.


I don’t want to have to take up physical space, rather, I would want someone in the same room as me to feel my positive vibrational energy.  


Point being, be fluid.  As time goes one, let go.  Don’t be married to an ideal.


Be unconventional – Kyle Newell


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The Real Reason I Dropped Home Ec

We had an awesome date night not long ago with another couple that used to live 2 townhouses down.


The night started with Devon and I going for manny/peddies:).  Yes, I go from time to time…


Anyhow, we wanted to socialize a little bit afterwards so we went out for a drink with our friends.  Now, Stacey and I graduated high school together.  We were acquaintances but not friends.


Out of nowhere during our relaxing cocktail she says, ‘I thought you were such a jerk in high school and so did all of my friends.’


Devon started laughing and so did I, which I followed up with, ‘What did I ever do to you?’


There was nothing I did, she took my introverted ways and interpreted them as arrogance and then she also saw that I had a bunch of athlete friends because, well, I was an athlete.


I explained to her that I was horribly shy in high school and insecure like many people are.  She reminded me that we shared a home ec class together our freshman year.  That made me think of the home ec class I signed up for my senior year.


I only lasted a week because I found out there would be a presentation at the end of the semester and it scared the B-Geezus out of me.  As I said, I was terribly shy and thus petrified to speak in front of others.


The teacher found me in the hallway before basketball practice and ripped me a new one, calling me lazy and having ‘senioritis’.  If she only knew…


I regret making that decision but like anything, that same lesson continued to appear again and again until I was willing to slay it.  In college, I practiced a 5 minute ‘how to tie a fishing hook’ presentation for weeks because I was so nervous.


After college, I enrolled in ToastMasters and now I have zero issue with public speaking.  That which we resist, will persist.


Deal with the lessons of life as they come your way because, well, they won’t go away until you embrace them.


Think differently – Kyle Newell


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The Lumberjack Who Worked Smarter . . .

The Lumberjack Who Worked Smarter . . .

It’s a lumberyard and there were these lumberjacks that this lumberyard sends out every day to the forest out in Oregon to chop down trees.

It’s early June and all the recruits of college guys came to work for the summer, and you know, they’re all college athletes and most of them were football players and these huge guys because not only are they getting paid, but they were also getting in shape by swinging axe all day.

This was the perfect job.

So, after a few weeks, after the initial thrust were people are kind of getting a little bored, one day the boss called everybody over and he said, “Okay, every once in a while I do this. We’re going to give a bonus of $250 to whoever chops down the most trees today.

So, we’re going to start as we always do at eight o’clock.

Everybody is going to take an hour break for lunch, and then you’re going to hear the bell ring at five o’clock.

Then, we’ll tell you tomorrow who won the prize.

Well, everybody’s geared up because these are all competitive guys, and about twenty of them, all college guys.

There was one guy who was in his sixties.

He’s been working for this company for years and years and years and years. Everybody totally discounted him.

Well, everybody started swinging their axe and falling trees and the energy level was high, but the old guy like every hour, hour and a half, he would just mosey up the way into a shed and come back fifteen minutes later and start chopping again.

So, people said, “What a loser this guy is.”

So, they’re chopping and chopping and then another hour and a half later, they see the old guy go up to the shed and all that. Okay, five o’clock, everybody ends with a big spurt, and everybody thinks they won.

The next morning at eight o’clock, the boss calls everybody around, and he said, “Ralph, come over here.

Here’s your $250.”

Everybody says, “Are you kidding me?

Ralph was the old guy.

How he could win?

He was taking a break.

How could he win?

How could he chop down more trees?”

Somebody said, “Ralph, what were you doing when you’re going up to that shed?”

Ralph said, “I might be old, but I’m smart.

I was doing something that you guys weren’t doing.

Every hour, hour and a half, I was sharpening my axe.

I was sharpening my axe.”

That’s what we’re talking about.

The person who gets the best grades is not the person that works the hardest.

It’s the person who works the smartest, and we’ve spent all these hours trying to convince you of this that don’t just keep swinging the axe, just don’t keep working hard.

Start working smart.

Prep for you week ahead today – Kyle Newell

If you aren’t quite clear on how to work smarter, then perhaps  you should schedule a short mind map with me.  Tire kickers please do not apply:)