I never understood the importance and power of a great team until it became the most frequent compliment I received about the team at LEAF. The most frequent acknowledgement from clients, friends, other team members, and even strangers was the strength of the whole working at LEAF, which is significantly more than the sum of the individuals.
The trick to making a team work is three-fold. Coming together and assembling the team is only the beginning. Lots of time is spent picking the right people, the right personalities, and the right skill sets that allow for an environment where the strength of the individuals involved complement the strength of the others. The best person for the job may not be the right person for the job. More important is finding someone that fits. Then you can really start seeing the true benefits of individuals working together. This is what a Mastermind Group is all about.
A few years ago, Tim Ferriss wrote a book called The 4-Hour Work Week, which began his rapid propulsion into the nether regions of success. To this day, that book has a strange way of igniting a little fire deep inside my stomach every time I pick it up. That little fire is called entrepreneurial spirit.
I hung up my football jersey and set aside my cleats a long time ago. My desire to compete, however, has never faded. Filling the void left behind by competitive team sports proved to be a long process. When I discovered kettlebell sport through an organization called the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation (IKFF) a few years ago, I knew I had finally found my calling.
The myth is that healthy living is expensive living. The reality, however, is that healthy living can be expensive living, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Anything can be expensive if you approach the purchase as a careless consumer. We’ve all paid more than we wanted for products or services only to find out later that had we dug a little deeper, the price would have been significantly lower. It happens to everyone. Eating and living healthy should be thought of in the exact same way. Healthy lifestyles can and should be sustainable in the long run, especially economically. All you need is a little bit of know-how, a few shortcuts, and a strategy for success. This is where I think I can help you.
Dreaming big is scary. Daring to do things that have rarely been done before ties knots with your insides and sends shivers down your spine. It can feel paralyzing. But don’t fret. And definitely don’t quit before even starting the journey towards the impossible, because here’s the reality that most don’t know: there’s less competition for the big goals. The bigger the goal, the fewer people vying for the prize. And that’s a huge advantage.
Watching the news is one of the most depressing activities of the day. With media coverage focusing on everything that’s wrong in this world, it’s a rarity to see something that touches us with a smile rather than causing us to reach for the front door to make sure it is securely locked. When probed as to their reasoning for such sensationalist media coverage, broadcasting companies site the psychological phenomenon known as the negativity bias, a theory that suggests humans pay more attention to and give more weight to negative rather than positive experiences.
Let’s see if we can change that with a little help from a nice rack… but first get your mind out of the gutter. This is a different kind of rack.
Ever heard of a CAFO? It’s short for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation. I’ll save some of the specifics of what happens within the confines of a CAFO for later in the article, but for now let’s simply summarize a CAFO as a hybrid of a factory and a farm where most of this country’s livestock is destined to spend some time on their eventual journey to your plate. Even though science has finally jumped on the common sense bandwagon by signing a declaration acknowledging every mammal’s inherent conscious awareness, the treatment of livestock in CAFOs is anything but humane1. Currently in the industrialized livestock agriculture sector, even the most progressive welfare policies lag behind, are ignorant of, or arbitrarily disregard the science on sentience and cognition that many people believe to be common sense2.
I love resolutions. Generally speaking, I love all goal setting activities. I even hosted a vision board party last month. It takes a special kind of weirdness to do that. But the end of a year brings with it a special set of circumstances not available at any other time of the year. It’s holiday time, so you have more time to actually sit down, reflect on the year, assess your situation, and logically plan for the future. Hopefully your holiday season is also overflowing with positive energy and optimistic outlook for the coming year. December 31st brings with it a natural end to calendars, organizers, financials, schedules and workflows. It’s a clean slate that most of us desperately want and need.
Do you currently work out? Do you “watch” what you eat? Are you on a diet? If so, then you probably have a calorie counting application on your phone. Or, you’ve had one in the past and can relate. There are a lot of different options for calorie counters to choose from since it’s an easy and straight forward calculation that most—hopefully—can do with a pen and paper. This makes programming such an application as easy as pie (pun intended). The only variables needed are an individual’s weight, height, age, and sex. Factor in the weight loss/gain goal for the individual and voilà, you’ve just calculated the amount of calories to be eaten during the day to reach a specific goal. So simple. So easy. So mechanical. So wrong.
Going to cooking school was a no-brainer decision. All of the nutritional theories floating through my head needed some good ol’ fashioned practical application in order to provide my clients with substantive advice and not just words. Now, my most recent educational journey takes me back to somewhere I thought I’d never go: formal education. Even though a Master’s of Science in Sustainable Food Systems may seem like a far cry from my current line of work, like cooking school, it will connect the dots even further.