Archive for June, 2010

I was asked recently by a marketing company “How did your business determine the new growth avenues”? In explaining my answer and story, she said Blog about that.

How do you arrive at where you are in life, and is there a way to do it on purpose?
The answer to the above question, or at least the second part is “Yes”. Yes, you can live your life on purpose, you have to take the steps. If you don’t take those steps you live your life according to someone else’s plan, or you settle for what ever comes along. If you want to have a great business and/or great life, must evaluate, modify, and take action.
This is what I did with my business about 18 months. It is a process I have come to discover called Creative Destruction. It is a process where you look at your business and ask some hard questions:
Where am I going?
Who am I serving?
What do we value?
How are we showing value?
How do I want the business to look in 15 years, and am I on the right track?

Many other questions were also asked.  Utilizing a few books for good questions–Half Time, Confessions of Successful CEO, Understanding your Unique Ability, and others.
This sounds like something that could be done in an afternoon, and for some it could. For me, I sat with it a while. I didn’t want to rush through the answers and I wanted to be clear I was seeing and hearing the truth. Talking with clients, friends and colleagues. Asking them what is the value we provide. Listen to truths and stripping away what I may have thought to be truths. Allowing myself to spend time evaluating and becoming clear. Learning that I must be true to myself and true to what God is calling me to do with my life. Learning that by going deeper more meaning comes through.
It was a great process, I won’t share all the details but will share that the process showed my that the value we provide is four fold, helping people find Balance, Advise, Lead, and Capitalize.
Providing a unique platform for personal, physical and financial growth will create a great life. It is neat to see that these are the same values I hold important; people, growth, leading, giving and having fun.
So if you have some spare time and really want to look at you, your business or your life, take time to ask yourself some good hard questions, then….be open for the answers, own them, and act upon them.


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This past week has been extremely hot here in Nashville. Me being from the North, it feels like the rain forest and the dessert have met. It has been tough to find the energy to run and sustain any sort of pace.

In talking with my coach this morning from Trisuccess, she imparted some great wisdom. It is more than likely my sodium intake. Need to start taking my Salt Tabs with me and before heading out. I had used them early in the year, but thought the need for salt tablets was only for long runs and workouts. Not the case, anything longer than an hour and you need to replenish. This weekend before I put the shoes on, the salt tab is going into the system.

The running in the heat has also got me thinking about the move to TN. Love TN, the people, environment, friendliness, ability to worship anywhere, and the slower pace make this a wonderful place for kids to grow up. But, sometimes when it is hot and humid, legs are cramping, and don’t feel like going out to run, leads me into fond memories of Chicago. The hustle and bustle of the city, cool breeze, great food, and lots to do and see. So many great things to say about both places. Think the answer may be to enjoy both for the great qualities they possess.
The key being if you are running in summer in TN, start early. If you are running in Chicago in December, bring snowshoes.

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Trying to get this ride set up for Saturday.  Need to ride 45 and this one looks strong.

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Kailey and Julia, beautiful girls

People often ask “How did your life change when you found out Julia has Diabetes”?    Did it overwhelm me, you bet!  Did we start asking questions and getting answers, you bet!  Were we concerned, nervous, frightened, Yes!  Finding the right places to turn and realizing it is manageable made the difference.

 Getting involved with JDRF (juvenile diabetes research foundation), attending camps offered by Children With Diabetes, meeting with doctors, nurses, other parents, and Minimed about treatments and solutions eased our mind.  Learning that diabetes is going to change our life, but it doesn’t stop our life.  Above you see two beautiful children, yes, one of them is diabetic.  Both are active, horseback ride, ice skate, go to parties, meet friends, eat out, experience mood swings, have an interest in boys (much to dad’s trying to stop progress) and are typical teenagers.  The only difference -one of them is diabetic. 

3 insights I learned from being a parent of a child with Diabetes:

  1.  It is completely manageable.  You have to be more prepared with meals, carry sugar or juice with you, test blood sugars, and know symptoms o f high and low blood sugar, but it can all be done with practice.  What seems overwhelming now will seem natural in a matter of time.
  2. Incorporate Diabetes into your life.  Don’t hide from it, ignore it, or hope it goes away, it will not!  Embrace the changes, tell people and coaches your child is diabetic, learn how to work through sleep over s and parties, teach others what actually happens in a low blood sugar—other parents want to know, and make it a part of your everyday life!  It gets easier!
  3. Have a positive outlook and a good attitude.  Our kids are watching us every day, they are watching how we deal with challenges and struggles, and they are taking our lead.  If we have a good outlook, are optimistic, and rise to the challenge, they will too.  Diabetes has helped our kids become more responsible, empathetic, caring, and confident in knowing how to deal with challenges.  I feel blessed and honored by how our children have risen to this challenge.  It may sound trite, but it is only Diabetes.

If I can ever answer any questions, ease a friends mind, or be a resource, please email me at john@johnnavin.com or call my office at 615-656-3170.

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How Long Do We Have?

Interesting article I received from a client via email, not very often I repost something, but thought this made a lot of sense….

This is the most interesting thing I’ve read in a long time. The sad thing about it, you can see it coming.   I have always heard about this democracy countdown. It is interesting to see it in print. God help us, not that we deserve it.

How Long Do We Have ?
About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the  University  of  Edinburgh   , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian  Republic  some 2,000 years earlier:

 ‘A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.’

 ‘A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.’

 ‘From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.’

 ‘The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years’

 ‘During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

 1. from bondage to spiritual faith;

 2. from spiritual faith to great courage;

 3. from courage to liberty;

 4. from liberty to abundance;

 5. from abundance to complacency;

 6. from complacency to apathy;

 7. from apathy to dependence;

 8. from dependence back into bondage’

 Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law,  St. Paul ,   Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000  Presidential election:

Number of States won by: Democrats: 19 Republicans: 29

 Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000

 Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans: 143 million

 Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1

 Professor Olson adds: ‘In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…’ Olson believes the  United States  is now somewhere between the ‘complacency and apathy’ phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the ‘governmental dependency’ phase.

 If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal’s and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the  USA  in fewer than five years.

 We live in the land of the free, only because of the brave !

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