Friday Morning Toe Tapper

Celebrations are something I struggle with.

A goal is met or something good happens and I’m immediately on to the next thing.

As a follow up to last week, Maxlider had a great weekend at Barrett Jackson. Our little company got some really good marketing and publicity and all the Broncos sold for good numbers.

Something to celebrate to be sure.

Help me remember to celebrate more this year.

Do more celebrating yourself too.

Make it a great day.


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Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches is a favorite of ours.

The story is about two different kinds of Sneetches. One with stars on their bellies and sneetches with none upon thars.

They are bamboozled (don’t get to break that one out much) into getting stars added and removed from their stomachs in a race to see which kind of Sneetches are the best.

Like all my favorite Dr. Seuss books, this story illustrates an important life lesson while being silly and whimsical (bamboozled and whimsical in the same email, wow).

At first blush, I thought the lesson was about not looking down on others because they are different than you.

And while I think that lesson can be gathered from this story, there is a potentially more important one.

Don’t let someone else tell you that because you don’t have a “star” that you are anything less.

The really sad part of the story was that each group in turn accepted the other group’s labeling of them as “less than” or some version of that.

When we accept those thoughts and labels that others place on us we actually do become “less than” we are capable of being.

I think Thomas Jefferson said it best:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Remember today to not accept the limitations any else places on you.

Make it a great day.


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You can’t plow a field by turning it over in your mind. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I tend to over analyze things.

Trying to think about all the angles, what is the best way to do something, etc.

But this thoughtfulness must be balanced with action.

As I get a little older, I am beginning to think that you don’t want to balance these two out.

There must be a bias towards action.

The scale needs to tip towards doing something.

Is there something in your life that you are over-thinking?

Do you need to take some action today?

Make it a great day.


Friday Morning Toe Tapper

Big day for our little companies at Maxlider/Mavidea.

We’ve got a few trucks being auctioned off at Barrett Jackson.

When we have something big happening I always think of how lucky we are to have such great employees and customers. How lucky we are to experience these moments together. The meaningful relationships we build add meaning to the big moments.

Be thinking good thoughts today and tomorrow.

Make it a great day.


For those who want to watch, the 4 door crosses the block at 4:45 Central Time. You can watch it on the History Channel on online at the Barrett Jackson site –

Here are the listings and lot numbers for the three vehicles if you want to follow along:

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Andy Stanley once did a series going through the process of decision making and how to make better decision’s in your life.

He suggests asking yourself a question. What story do I want to tell?

When facing an important decision, he suggests looking into the future and asking this question to help clarify what you are really deciding.

Some examples….

When it comes to your finances, what story do you want to tell?

When it comes to your health and fitness, what story do you want to tell?

When it comes to your family and your closest relationships, what story do you want to tell?

These are just to get you thinking a little. Thinking of the story you want to tell is beginning with the end in mind. Everything becomes clearer when you can attach a story to it.

I encourage you today to not only think about what stories you want to tell, I encourage you to write them down. Then start making decisions that align with those stories.

We are all writing the story of our life everyday by the decisions we make.​ Let’s do our best to write the story we want to tell.

Make it a great day.


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"The Shortcut to Contentment"

Comparison drops you at the dead-end of discontentment every single time. Whether you come out on top and feel guilty, or don’t measure up and feel short-changed, comparison always leaves you dissatisfied.

But there’s a secret to overcoming it: gratitude. The shortcut to contentment is thanking God, and it works no matter which side of comparison you’re on.

How? It’s an instant perspective adjustment. When comparison makes you feel short-changed, gratitude can shift your focus to all the blessings you do have. And when you’ve been blessed with a lot, thanking God puts you in the humble posture needed to use those gifts well.

Comparison is out to steal your contentment. But the habit of expressing gratitude is an easy way out of its trap. – Andy Stanley

Comparison is such a dangerous road to travel. Andy’s suggestion above is that the road is too narrow and isn’t worth the trip.

He suggests we skip it and instead take the road of gratitude.

We all have something to be thankful for.

In our darkest hour, there is a light shining somewhere.

Something to maybe add to Andy’s suggestion about being thankful. Tell someone.

Tell someone today that you are thankful for them, or even just tell them something you are thankful for.

Just tell someone.

Make it a great day.


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There are a lot of people at Barrett Jackson. Lots and lots and lots.

Any time I go to a big event like this it involves a certain amount of people watching.

What strikes me every time is that there are a lot of different ways you can live life.

How you dress, how much money you make, whether you smile a lot, positive attitude or negative attitude, etc. – you get to pick.

Some of us (myself included more than I would probably admit) are maybe (probably) letting how others live their lives influence us a little too much.

We worry about what to wear or what others might think of us. We wonder why others have what we don’t have. We compare and contrast. We allow envy and bitterness to creep in.

In the end, we get to pick. It’s our choice what kind of person we want to be.

And other people are watching.

What they see is up to you.

What if they saw love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control?

Our lives are given purpose and meaning through the relationships we foster. Relationships that blossom in proportion to our ability to live out those things just listed.

Embrace your opportunity to be a person worth watching.

Make it a great day.