Author: jakedavis1910

Daily Attitude Email 09 21 21

When I asked Maggie what to send out about the 11th anniversary of sending daily attitude emails, she said something about it being weird that I would send something out to celebrate my own genius.

Kids are good at keeping us humble…

My first thought though was of gratitude.

Gratitude for the nice notes in response to certain emails.

Gratitude for all of you putting up with the dumb emails.

Gratitude for letting me come into your email box with my fumbled attempts to understand the world in a way that adds value to your life.

For all the times I’ve failed, I’m sorry.

For the times the emails have been helpful, that has been more about God’s grace and your unique response to the words, I am sure of it.

Thanks for being a receiver of the daily attitude emails.

Make it a great day.


Daily Attitude Email 09 20 21

On Saturday Maggie and I got up early and drove to Indiana to watch Uncle Bill and Alex run the Spartan Beast Ultimate Obstacle Course Challenge Extravaganza.

The day was filled with watching people of every possible shape, size, age, color, height, fashion choice, etc. put themselves through a series of crazy obstacles (32) spread out over 13ish miles.

I think I started the day impressed with the runners, but a part of me thought they might be a little weird.

I mean, seriously, who gets up and thinks that physically torturing yourself for 4-6 hours sounds like a good idea?

But something happens after you hang around for a while. You start to think that maybe they aren’t that weird. Maybe this might be fun? Maybe challenging myself physically in a meaningful way would be good for me?

Luckily for me, I got out of there before doing anything too crazy.

It got me thinking though. What if you hung out with people like that all the time?

People who think exercise is a fun and good thing.

People who eat right.

People who purposefully seek out challenges in their lives to foster growth and personnel development.

You might end up a little weird.

Make it a great day.


PS – Life is also an opportunity to be the kind of person that other people want to spend time with so they feel inspired to be and do better.

Friday Morning Toe Tapper

I just wanna be happy

But if I keep on doing the things

That keep on bringing me pain

There’s no one else I can blame

If I’m not happy

If you’re tired of being the same

If you’re tired of things not changing

It’s time for you to get out the way

It’s so easy to complain

Addicted to the pain

You give your heart, they push it away

(But I got good news for ya)

Jesus knows just how you feel

Just let Him take the wheel (Hallelujah)

The love you need, He already gave

Lots of good thoughts in this one.

What came to mind while you listened?

Make it a great day.


Daily Attitude Email 09 16 21

A daily attitude email from a few years ago (2012!).

One last lesson I learned from the Steve Jobs biography.

He was mean.

High school bully mean. Three year old throwing a tantrum mean. Flat out mean.

He would yell and scream at employees, waiters and waitresses and pretty much anyone.

I came to two conclusions after listening to some of the stories.

First, it is not my place to judge. I am not the decider of how “good” or “bad” of a person he was or whether or not he “deserved” any of the good things that happened in his life. In fact, it reminded me of a quote from Abraham Lincoln that says something to the effect of “I can’t judge another man because If I had his genetics and his experiences, I would act in the exact same way.”

Second, regret is a bitter pill to swallow. While he may never have admitted it in any meaningful way, I believe that he regretted treating people this way. Listening to the book, you could almost hear this through the stories and quotes from Steve.

Despite all of his success and money and fame, he had regrets. And not little ones like “I should have had the tuna for lunch”, but large, daunting regrets like “Maybe I shouldn’t have treated my daughter that way.”

I finished the book convinced that negativity is bad for the soul and that no amount of other success in life will fill the gaping holes left by treating others poorly.

My sincere hope is that we all look at things like this as a wake up call.

Who could you be nicer to today?

Who do you want to spend more quality time with today?

Who needs that call from you today to brighten up an otherwise dreary day?

Make that call. Smile and give that person a hug. Take the extra 5 minutes to read one more book to the little ones.

It makes a difference. For them certainly, but more importantly, for you.


Daily Attitude Email 09 15 21

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory. – Mahatma Gandhi

This is probably another sign that I am officially old, but I have thought a lot lately about the little lessons I learned while playing sports when I was younger.

One of the big lessons was that those times when I really did apply maximum effort, it worked.

Those times when I pushed harder than I thought I could always resulted in something I didn’t think I could achieve.

Looking back on it now, it really proves how dumb of a kid I was that I didn’t really figure it out then, but it worked every time.

I’m sure by now you are wondering how this applies to those of us who aren’t currently on a high school sports team.


It all starts there. We have to be extremely motivated in order to give maximum effort.

When it comes to motivation, the best advice I can give is to start where you are.

By that I mean to start with what motivates you, right now.

Sure, it would be ideal if you were more motivated by world peace than you are by looking cool, but if looking cool gets you going, go with it.

This may be immaturity speaking, but I think that our motivations will mature naturally as we seek to make a bigger and bigger impact. That’s why I think it’s ok to start small.

Want to fit into that bathing suit?

Impress that girl? (My wife….I sure hope she likes this email.)

Grab that new gadget?

Want those new cool shoes?

Crush the competition?

Just because it’s cool?

Go get it. Apply maximum effort. Check it off the list. Reflect, reassess and go for the next one with that same gusto.

Make it a great day.


Daily Attitude Email 09 14 21

"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it." – Mahatma Gandhi

This also reminds me of the idea of being faithful in the little things.

Throughout the Bible we are reminded that God cares about what is in our hearts.

Our attitude towards doing the seemingly insignificant matters as much (more?) as our attitude towards doing the seemingly significant.

How we wash the dishes matters.

How we drive matters.

How we think matters.

We can choose wisely or poorly.

Make it a great day.


Daily Attitude Email 09 13 21

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 came and went on Saturday. Here’s a daily attitude email from 9/11 a few years back.

Not all time in life is equal. – Jim Collins

Not all time in life is equal. Some moments hold greater significance than others. Some moments require greater attention than others.

Today we are all reminded of one of those moments. September 11th was a moment when the course of history changed.

For those that died, those last moments were unequal.

For those that risked their lives to save others, those moments were unequal.

For those that fought battles on foreign soil in order to make sure it doesn’t happen again, those moments were unequal.

For those that hugged their loved ones a little tighter that night, those moments were unequal.

Not all time in life is equal. Some moments require more of us. They require us to dig deep and perform, love, hope, and have more faith than we have ever had before.

In this time we can create something wonderful.

We can create a nation united.

We can create a family filled with love.

We can create a force for good in this world.

We must take advantage of the unequal times in our lives.

Let’s get started today.

Make it a great day.


Daily Attitude Email 09 09 21

I started reading “Ego is the Enemy” a few days ago and then came across this old daily attitude email.

“This is the true joy in life: Being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and, as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” – George Bernard Shaw

Does this describe you:

A mighty purpose….

A force of nature….

Or does this describe you:

A feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances…

Complaining that the whole world will not devote itself to making you happy…

We all have the same opportunity to find our purpose. To clarify as best we can. To live it every day.

And when we do….

Our splendid torch, which we have a hold for the moment, will burn brightly before we pass it on to the next generations.

The beginning of the year is a great time to contemplate our purpose again and to pursue it with everything we’ve got.

Make it a great day.


Daily Attitude Email 09 08 21

A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. – Mark Twain

We have so many advantages in this day and time in which we live.

So much information is available to us.

Want to lose weight – the book, blog post, website, YouTuber, etc. is out there.

Want to get rich – the book, blog post, website, YouTuber, etc. is out there.

Want to learn a language – the book, blog post, website, YouTuber, etc. is out there.

Want to be a better person – the book, blog post, website, YouTuber, etc. is out there.

It’s all available 24/7 and at the touch of a button. But it’s no advantage to those of us who won’t read it (or watch it).

Go in search of some good information today.

Make it a great day.