Well, it finally happened. As many of you know, I challenge myself to do something I have never done before for my birthday.  My birthday came and went a month ago…. Sunday, my sister, Linda and her husband, Lowell decided for me… they “kidnapped” me and off we went on an adventure.

Lowell is an amateur competitor in sporting clay and skeet events, so what better thing to learn then the fine art of sporting clay, skeet and trap. A couple of times, I even hit two in a row. Woo Hoo!  Yet, for every good shot, a bunch went “splat,” sometimes business opportunities are like that too.

My #1 learning was: Make sure you understand what’s coming in and what’s going out. The cross-pollination of life experiences were a buzz in my brain — to be successful at sport shooting (business or anything, really) it takes:

–Practice. Learn to anticipate and recognize changes. Don’t over think it.  Practice creates perseverance.

–Patience. Aim just ahead of the target by the time you pull the trigger the target will be there. Patience creates resilience.

–Passion. For goodness sake, enjoy yourself. It’s all just a game. Passion creates perspective.

A friend once mentioned to me that it takes at least three years to get good at something if you practice, learning sporting clay reminded me it takes patience and passion too.

I want to give a shout-out to Stephen (a frequent contributor of ideas for this newsletter.) He is one of the guys that runs the place (www.salemclays.com.) Thanks Stephen, Linda and Lowell for the great day, it was a lot of fun.

Oh, one last thing, I was in Philadelphia a few days ago for the launch of Michael Port’s Think Big Manifesto. Next week it will debut #9 on The New York Times bestseller list. I’ll share some of the that adventure later.

Have a great day in whatever your adventure.

To Success!To Life!