Day 440 – Thankful for Concerts as Social Events and Time with a Mentor

Funny how we go into something assuming one thing and then it works out to be completely different.  This evening Dominic had an orchestra concert and we had to get there early so he was ready.  My thought was to bring some work along to do while I wait, taking advantage of a little quiet time.  When we got there we saw our friends, the Lygas, were already there so we sat down right behind them.

Almost as soon as we sat down someone said, “Hey Mike!”  I looked over and saw an old friend from Boy Scouts and high school, Kent Gabrielson.  It had been a long time since I last ran into Kent, and it was awesome catching up with him.  We quickly go caught up on kids, careers, Phillips, and everything in between.  Time flew by and before we knew it the concert was about to start.

After Kent’s son was done and they had left I shot the bull with Steve and compared beard grooming habits.  This was the second day in a row that I was in the presence of another epic ginger beard – what a treat!  After the show we were able to also listen to our boys (9 year olds) talk about taking his wife’s moped in the middle of the night to get pizza and party at a friend’s house.  It was comical!


We may have been there for the concert (Dominic did awesome) and I was planning on getting work done, but it instead turned into a very enjoyable social event and I’m thankful that it did.

Earlier in the day it was all about work, in particular, spending some time with my business partner and mentor, Norm.  Even though work life can get swamped we always spend time on the phone every Monday morning at 9am to get on the same page for the week.  It gives me a chance to take all the thoughts in my head and condense them into the three most important things that I need to focus on each week.

Today was a change of pace.  Based on some coaching and mentoring from him and others over the past year I wanted to try a new strategy for this year.  There are many long term thoughts and ideas that I’d like to work on and put into place, but in order to stay focused where I need to I’m only going to focus my time on things that accomplish those three goals this years.  Today I wanted to spend time bouncing many of those ideas off of him so I had a general understanding and then I’ll file them away to re-visit in 2019 because they are not mission critical to this year.

Spending time with Norm was exactly what the doctor ordered.  It was a great mix of him pushing and challenging me while staying open and supportive.  I learned a lot from the conversation and was able to look at a couple of things from different perspectives.  Over the next day I’ll get my notes put together from the meeting to make sure we both saw it the same way and then move back into the priorities for 2018.

What I’m most thankful for is the fact that I have a coach and mentor in Norm to help me through my thoughts and ideas like this.  In many cases I’d love to do my own thing my own way, but that’s not always right.  Sure, it works sometimes, but it seems to work a lot better when I get some solid feedback to re-tool a strategy first.  Knowing that I have a mentor like this who’s willing to give me a few hours to bounce things off of him is pretty amazing and I’m very thankful for that time with him.

Today’s been another awesome day.  From the time I woke up to the time I’ve ben writing this blog there have been many moments in which I’ve smiled and spent some thought thinking about how I would blog about them…  and I’m grateful for every single one of those moments.



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