where would you go in 80 days?

28 02 2011

Cathay Pacific is hosting the ultimate contest, an around the world 80 day adventure.

My buddy Brandon told me about this contest and it is incredible.
If you are even remotely interested in travel, this is worth checking out.

Cathay Pacific is offering one lucky individual an opportunity to travel the world for 80 days.

For 80 days they will cover ALL of your:
airfare
hotel bills
$360 for daily spending.

You can go ANYWHERE.

All you need to do to enter is submit one of the following:
picture.
essay (less than 250 words)
video (between 30 and 60 seconds)

talking about what you would do if you won.

Oh man.

Go check it out here at the Cathay Pacific Facebook page.

My entry?
Well, I’ve always wanted to teach dance to kids in other countries.
I have always wanted to write a book about bboying across the world. I’d love to set up free workshops around the world and write/video/photograph all of the stuff I learned along the way…

I’m definitely no videographer/editor – so the video is the best I could do with the limited time I have. (I should be working on the company news letter right now)

I wonder if some of the Nephites/Lamanites ever wanted to travel. (and I mean travel for fun – not because they were worried about being killed by their enemies).
“And it came to pass that the Lord did warn me, that I, Nephi, should depart from them and flee into the wilderness.” (2 Nephi 5:5)

? What would you do with an 80 day trip?





the buried life.

27 02 2011

If you had one day to live, what would you do? would you climb a mountain? would you kiss the girl of your dreams? would you tell someone how you really feel? now if you had a whole lifetime to live, would you lose that drive? or would your list just keep getting longer?… We left with a promise, for everything we crossed off our list, we’d help someone cross something off of theirs”
(The Buried Life opening credits)

This is how the show, The Buried Life begins.

The Buried Life is about four friends who buy an old bus, fix it up, name it Penelope and head out on the road to accomplish 100 different things they have put on their bucket list.

My buddy Brandon told me about this show a little while ago, but I ever got around to watching it.
Leah watched it while I was at the competition last night and loved it so much she actually blogged about it.

I’m watching my third episode right now.
I’m hooked.

In every episode they try to tackle something on their list while helping one other person accomplish something on their list.

The show is incredible.
It’s one of those shows that makes me feel anxious.
Anxious to do something similar.

Oh man.

Do you have a bucket list?
What would you do if you only had one day to live?

Here’s what I would do:
spend time with family.
eat candy all day long.
maybe eat fries as well.
breakdance.
watch the sunset.
go to the beach.
read a book.
connect with as many friends as possible.
take a hip-hop dance class.

Hhmm… maybe I can’t fit all that in to one day.
The point is to live every day like it’s your last.

Just in case you don’t get it all in during your life, you’ll have a little more time afterwards —
“But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.” (Mosiah 16:8)

? What things do you want to do before you die?





proud parent.

26 02 2011

I’m not a parent, but I feel like a proud parent right now.

Tonight, GroundHounds Crew threw a battle for all of the kids in the area. It was a battle for kids who don’t normally battle.

I somehow convinced seven of my kids to go up.
They were pretty nervous and hesitant to do it.

I remember my first battle.
I thought I was going to pee my pants.

Out of the 7 kids, 6 of them made it past the preliminary round!

There was over 20 kids who competed.

Keyko, one of my older students, actually won the whole thing.

Oh wow.
Watching every single one of those kids made me feel like a proud parent.
I know that they were the ones who practiced and worked hard to learn the different moves, but it was incredible to feel connected to them.

I have to admit, the youngest kid who went actually stole the show!
Jewelz KILLED it! You’ve gotta see this girl dance, she is adorable and is SO close to being able to do full-on headspins!
What a kid!

Yeah, I feel like one of those parents who gushes over how talented their kid is. I don’t even care! These kids are so talented, they deserve the credit and praise!

Can you imagine how Heavenly Father feels when he sees us succeed?

It has to be the ultimate in parental pride!
“And that he created man, male and female, after his own image and in his own likeness, created he them…” (D&C 20:18)

? Are you a proud parent?





bullied kid saved by the NFL.

25 02 2011

One of the great things about Facebook are the stories that get posted up by friends. You share common interests with most of your Facebook friends, so when they post an article, it’s usually going to resonate well with you.

This week one of my old friends from Texas, Joleen, posted an article on ESPN about a bullied kid.

I worked for a startup tech company called SchoolTipline that was heavily involved in bullying prevention. I remember reading some of the stories and statistics while I was working with them and was shocked to see the level that bullying has reached. I remember watching a video of kids in the streets literally beating this other kid to death as he walked home from school.
It was sickening.

This article is about Nadin Khoury, a 13 year old boy who just moved to Philadelphia because his single mom lost her job in Minnesota. Oh, and in 2000 they were refugees from Liberia.

Nadin was teased about his mom. He confronted the bullies, asked them to stop and that’s when things escalated.
As he sat there on The View, he talked about “how he’d been attacked by seven bigger schoolmates, kicked, beaten, dragged through the snow, stuffed into a tree, and hung on a 7-foot spiked fence, all while adults watched.”

Then from behind the curtain 3 Philadelphia Eagles players came out — All-World receiver DeSean Jackson, center Jamaal Jackson and guard Todd Herremans.

Jackson gave Nadin the jersey off his back and then gave him his cell phone number and said to call him if he needed anything.

I LOVE these kinds of stories.

There is something about a celebrity taking time out of their schedule, flying across the country for someone they’ve never met that is touching. Yeah, it’s good PR, yeah it’s great for the image, but sometimes,you do something because you know it’s the right thing to do.

Jackson has a younger brother who is 13 and smaller than Nadin. He talked about how he would feel if it were his younger brother being picked on.
“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Imagine 3 NFL players coming to your rescue.
There are some really trashy celebs out there and the news is riddled with sexual assault allegations, drugs and indecent behavior.
It’s nice now and again to see that somebody is doing something positive.

? Who was the last celebrity you saw that did something positive?





the bottom line on happiness pt. 2

24 02 2011

Yesterday I only covered one of the items from Clayton M. Christensen’s list of ways to lead a purposeful life.

Today we get items 2-5.

2. Create a family culture.
3. Avoid “just this once”
4. Remember to be humble.
5. Choose the right yardstick.

Oooohh, we’ve got some pretty solid advice. Let’s take a quick peek at each of these.

Create a family culture.
Often when kids do things wrong parents like to use “power tools” to steer them straight. (ie. coercion, threats, punishments)
The problem comes when “power tools” no longer work, you are left with an out of control kid that you have no clue what to do with.

Everyone talks about creating the perfect corporate culture. A culture where honesty, hard work and other values are just an instinctive part of each employee.

They are only instinctive when employees know that those values are encouraged and are appropriate.

You can’t expect a teenager to suddenly want to be obedient if you have been letting them get away with things for years, or if they had to be bribed to be good.

Develop the culture and reap the rewards. (either good or bad)

Avoid “just this once”.
It is very, very easy to say, “well, this is an extenuating circumstance, so I’ll do it just this once.”

Our lives are comprised of lots and lots of extenuating circumstances. If you give in once, you will give in MUCH more than you ever expected. One day you will wake up and find you are somewhere doing things you never dreamed of.

“…and he leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with his strong cords forever.” (2 Nephi 26:22)

Christensen said this, “The lesson I learned is that it’s easier to hold to your principles 100 percent of the time than it is to hold to them 98 percent of the time.

Oh so true.

Remember to be humble.
Humility is not being small. It is not putting yourself down. True humility is shining for the world to see while recognizing the journey is not complete and there is much left to improve.

Choose the right yardstick.
How are you judging your success?
Cars. Money. Homes. Fame.
With that yardstick, you will find yourself wanting in the end.

No amount of success outside the home can compensate for failure in the home.

I just feel really good today.
Have you ever had one of those days where everything just felt right?
They don’t happen often (maybe I’m missing a purpose) but when they do, I just feel at peace.

?What are some things you do to help bring purpose to your life?





the bottom line on happiness.

23 02 2011

Clayton M. Christensen is a Rhodes Scholar, Harvard Business grad, Harvard business professor and a Mormon.

Christensen teaches a class about management theory. In each class they observe one company through a variety of management lenses in order to learn what worked, didn’t work and what direction the company needs to head in.

In the last class of the semester Christensen asked his students to observe their lives through those same theoretical lenses they used all semester.

The class is so profound he was asked to turn it into an article to be published in the Harvard Business Review. My cousin Ty, brought the article in to show me today.

I was blown away.

Christensen challenged each student to ask him(her)self three questions:
? How can I be sure I’ll be happy in my career?
? How can I be sure my relationships with my spouse and family will become an enduring source of happiness?
? How can I be sure I’ll stay out of jail?

The answer:
Having a clear purpose has been essential to me.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (Proverbs 29:18)

He provides 5 things we can do to keep a clear purpose. (I’m only going to discuss one tonight – the rest will come tomorrow)

1. Use your resources wisely.

Every man and woman is a business. You constantly have people asking for your services BUT you only have a limited amount of resources. (ie. time, talents, money, energy)

Driven individuals will often allocate their free time to activities that provide the most tangible results. This often leads to free time being spent on work.

Our careers provide the most concrete evidence we are moving forward.
You can immediately count a sale, teach a class, publish a paper, get paid, get promoted – BUT you won’t know you’ve raised good kids until decades later.

“If you study the root causes of business disasters, over and over you’ll find this predisposition toward endeavors that offer immediate gratification. If you look at personal lives through that lens, you’ll see the same stunning and sobering pattern: people allocating fewer and fewer resources to the things they would have once said mattered most.”

The Gospel is the same way.
We have to be able to look past immediate gratification and focus on the eternal goal.

? What do you do to keep an eternal perspective?





strangers are family too.

22 02 2011

I began reading the five people you meet in heaven tonight. Mitch Albom is a fantastic author. Tuesday’s with Morrie was filled with a wide range of great life advice and this book has already provided some wonderful insights.

The book details the journey of Eddie after he dies. The first person he meets is someone he could barely call an acquaintance while in life.

This line struck me…
“Strangers are just family you have yet to come to know.”

Have you ever met someone and just felt you knew them from some previous life?
You probably did.
We are all family.

“And I, the Lord God, had created all the children of men; and not yet a man to till the ground; for in heaven created I them…” (Moses 3:5)

It’s one of the most basic doctrines we are taught in the Church – but how often do you think about it as you are going about your day?
That doesn’t happen very often in my daily life.

Reading that quote tonight was a great reminder of how connected we all really are. Hopefully I can remember that the next time somebody cuts me off while driving!

? Have you read the five people you meet in heaven?








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