When everyone gives up on you, don’t give up on yourself.

For those who missed it, this past week, Michigan State beat Michigan in the most unlikely way. Ten seconds left, almost no chance to win. But the Spartans did not give up. They played until the end…and won.

This video from Eric Thomas will inspire you to play until the end. You might only have ten seconds left, but that is all you need.

Never, ever, ever give up.

Who Says You Can’t?

The Voices You Listen to Are Your Choice...Choose Wisely

If you are like almost everyone I know, there is something you’ve always wanted to do, but someone talked you out of it. Someone told you that you’re not talented enough. Someone told you that you’re too old or too young. Too slow, too stupid, or too poor. And now, you’re left wondering what might have been. Now what?

Who Says You Can't?

Catherine Lanigan was like that. All throughout her young life, she considered herself a talented writer. Her teachers told she was gifted and maybe that she could make it someday as a writer.

So she entered college full of hope. She even registered for a senior level class in creative writing taught by a visiting professor from Harvard. When she wrote her very first short story for the class, the professor asked to see her.

He was the prototypical college English professor. He was 6′ 6″ tall, wore tweed coat with elbow patches and the horn-rimmed glasses. He also had the smug look of a tenured English professor (sorry if that is you, but I had three such professors in college and they all had a smug look).

The Beauty of Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Keep Your Eyes Open and See What Happens

There is little beauty inside of your comfort zone. I’ve found time and time again that true beauty is found when you step outside of your comfort zone and keep your eyes open for what’s out there. I recently finished a record-breaking run for me and when I finished, I shot this short video for you. The message: Keep your eyes open and see what happens.

What if You Are Truly Invincible?

How Children Get it Right When it Comes to Failure

What if you truly could never lose? What if every failure wasn’t the end but the beginning? What if you truly are invincible? What if you actually believed that?

What if You Are Truly Invincible?

I recently took our four-year old daughter, Aracelli, to the park for a daddy-daughter date afternoon. It was unseasonably cold, so we had the place to ourselves, except for a few brief moments when another family showed up. That was when the little girl Aracelli was playing with taught me a powerful lesson.

Make up the Rules as You Go

Somehow, I managed to be “it.” “It” of course means that I am the designated chaser. No adult ever chooses to be “it” or ever knows why he or she is “it.” It remains to this day one of the greatest mysteries of humankind: the origin of the “it.” But I digress…

As the “it,” I was charged with chasing two little girls around the park. Up and down ladders, over the bridge, down the slides, until, at last, I caught my daughter and tagged her. As I triumphantly celebrated my massive accomplishment and announced the passing of “it” status to Aracelli, Eleanor announced something remarkable:

“You have to catch us twice,” she yelled. She was making the rules up as she went.

She can always win.

She can never be defeated.