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Herb Brooks Made Me A Believer

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Have you ever thought about how a split second could change everything? Life cannot be taken for granted. No one is promised tomorrow, and no one can predict the future. So, I challenge you and myself, to try to live in the present and enjoy each moment as it comes. This is not an easy task; a lot of the time it's hard to not look behind us because the past is responsible for who we are today. People come in and out of our lives for a reason. They not only influence us, but they change us. We are constantly changing, and because at times we are caught up in the past or future, we are oblivious to see how many important people are around us right now. Herb Brooks is a unique example of someone who may not be with us physically, but his presence is still felt everyday. I truly believe that if Herb had not come into my life, I would not be the person I am today. Each day his legacy inspires me, challenges me, and motivates me to become better than I was yesterday.

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It All Starts With a Dream

It All Starts With a DreamFor those of you who don’t get our emails, last month I did my mentors series on Warren Strelow. He was our goalie coach for the 1980 team and really challenged me to perform to the best of my ability. He is someone that I have always looked up to and I miss him everyday. His family recently shared this letter with me that I thought I would share. Sometimes people get afraid of asking for help or failing. But failing is not fatal, being afraid to fail is. You need to know that you have people that support you and would do anything in order for you to achieve your dreams. Don’t be intimidated by the impossibility, be motivated by the possibility and BELIEVE in yourself. Text GOLDMEDAL to 22828 to subscribe if you haven’t already!

For those of you who are having trouble reading my handwriting:
“July 9th, 1979

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Jim Craig Serves As Son's Best Man

Jim Craig Serves As Son's Best ManIn 1986 I was lucky enough to marry my best friend and the love of my life, Sharlene "Charlie" Craig. I cherish that day not only because I found my soul mate but also because I had my dad standing next to me as my best man. As most of you know from the Olympics, my dad means the world to me. After we won the gold against Finland, I searched for him in the stands to share what I thought would be my greatest accomplishment. Little did I know that becoming a husband and father would be life's greatest gifts.

To this day my father remains the man I love and respect above all other men. In my high school yearbook at Oliver Ames High School, Class of 1975, my life's ambition reads - "To be half the man my father is."

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Ultimate SAAAVE - Important & Vital Work

Ultimate SAAAVE - Important & Vital WorkI am fortunate to work as a spokesperson for Gore Medical and its Ultimate SAAAVE, a campaign to encourage those at risk for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) to be screened for the condition. My father died from a ruptured AAA. If an AAA is detected in a screening, it can be repaired through a non-invasive procedure.

Earlier this spring, I was in Peoria, Illinois to participate in a free AAA screening clinic at the OSF Healthcare Vascular Institute – with the institute, along with Gore, also co-sponsoring the event. While in Peoria for the screening clinic, it was my privilege to meet and talk with U.S. Army Cpl. Matt Egan, who recently completed four years of active duty with the 173rd Airborne Combat Brigade – nicknamed The Sky Soldiers.

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Continued Energy Leads To Organized Teams

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I love speaking to businesses who want to go places. I had the pleasure of speaking to deView Electronics recently. Customized presentations that look at the inner workings of your business create enormous value to your business. Changing the way your employees think about success can change the entire culture of your organization. It takes energy, hard work, and...a great team. See the testimonial below from my friends at deView Electronics:

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How To Win - In Business & Life

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If you are following the 2014 Winter Olympics and all its greatness, you see there are people who win and people that lose. This is one of the things I love most about the Olympics. Some great insight I share with companies and organizations I coach and train is that you may be one of the greatest athletes in the world, but you only need a great team to win.

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