Thursday, August 19, 2010

How are you using your time?

A good friend of mine sent me a great story on life and how we spend our time. Please read and enjoy! Thank you Rodger!


Ephesians 5: 11-20

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
-Ephesians 5:16

There are 60 seconds in a minute. There are 60 minutes in one hour. There are 24 hours in one day. Time… Because we are finite beings, our lives, our very existence is driven by time. Some of us never have enough time, and some have way too much time on their hands. Whatever the case, we are locked in this sphere of time. From the moment our eyes pop open, the clock starts and the seconds tick away. Each day that we are alive, we are confronted with a “magical” number of time. Every day, day after day, the same number…86,400. 86,400…what makes this “random” number so significant, you ask? It is the number of seconds that make up a 24 hr. day. There are 86,400 seconds in one day. You have 86,400 seconds at your disposal everyday! An interesting fact, but it does beg the question…what do we do with the time we are given? Do we use our time wisely? Are the most important things, most important issues, most important events, most important people given the greatest amount of our time? Or, do we squander our precious seconds?

Contrary to what most people think, we don’t have infinite amounts of time. In fact, our days are numbered. Knowing that, how we choose to live each second of each day should take on a different feel. Our lives should look different, be different. How we work should be different. What we say, the words we choose should be different. Why? Because, when time is no more, we are going to have to give an account of what we did with every single solitary second. Hmmm….

Carpe Diem!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Great Quote

I was recently speaking at a leadership retreat and told my story about running in a marathon. Whenever I tell the story, people instantly connect with challenges me and my fellow runners went through.

After telling my story, one of the students listening came up to me and said thank you. She also told me how she connected with the story. She thought about the challenges she has gone through in her life, but she also reflected on a quote from a family member.

She wrote the quote down and gave it me. She told me the story behind it, and I instantly got goose bumps.

Here is the quote...enjoy!

"The race is not given to the swift or the strong but to those who endure to the end!"

Why I do what I do!

A lot of people ask me why I speak and entertain people around the country. A lot of people ask how I deal with all the traveling and long hours in airports and cars.

When you do something you really enjoy, love and know you're supposed to do; all the craziness is worth it. There's just a point when it feels right!

I just got finished with three not stop days of training and speaking. Did so much, I have a very sore throat and no voice.

After spending about 20+ hours in a car driving through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio; I got a surprise in my e-mail box.

It was a letter from one of the students from Lewis University outside of Chicago.

Here is the letter

Hi Frank,

This is Tom. I sat to your left on Monday when we had asked you and Rodger to join us at our table for lunch. I am so happy that you came to our retreat at Lake Geneva this week!! This has honestly been one of the best experiences of my life and I was able to learn so much about myself and others throughout the entire process. I came into the week with an open mind and trying to do everything that I could to get the most out of this experience (even waking up at 4:45am on Tuesday to watch the sunrise on the lake haha). Keeping an open mind and embracing every opportunity to learn and engage myself in the activities made this week something that I will never forget!

I truly learned so much about what it means to be a BAD APPLE and how to bring forth my leadership abilities and develop an even greater self-confidence, motivation to succeed, and to continue to have a positive outlook in life. Thank you again for everything and keep doing what you are doing!!!

I love to travel, I love to meet new people but receiving letters like this really make my day and make we want to impact the lives of more people!

Tom, thank you for the letter and allowing me to share it with everyone on the internet.

Just remember everyone. You never know who's life you can impact just by sharing your knowledge or taking the time to talk over lunch. Life is about experiences and relationships. When you have a good one or a positive one, be sure to say Thank You! Thank You's are an easy way to make someone feel special and appreciated!

Monday, August 02, 2010

Inspiration from Tyler Perry

I am a fan of Tyler Perry. Today I went to his website and while searching the site, I found a great story of inspiration.

Click on this LINK to be inspired!