Extra Points – January 26, 2015 – What’s Your Story?

January 26, 2015 Leave a comment

his week’s focus point…What’s Your Story?14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

Last Friday was my mom’s funeral. I was honored to give her eulogy and share about 11 minutes with all attending about her life. I used stories to help people gain a better understanding of her personality, her character, and the way she lived her life. The comments after reinforced that I had done that.

Stories always help the listener gain greater understanding. Regardless of the message, or if its purpose is personal or professional, the ability to deftly tell a story will enormously enhance engagement of the person listening.

If you goal is to be influential, then you had better become an expert in telling stories. They are perfect for metaphors, life lessons, or business applications. They help you inspire, motivate, teach, and sell. As we enter into the second month of the year, keep seeking out professional development opportunities….becoming a better storyteller would be a great place to start!

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For those interested, this is the recording of Mom’s eulogy…This week’s quote -

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.

 ~ John W. Gardner
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Extra Points – Never Give Up

January 19, 2015 2 comments

This week’s focus point…Never Give UpJack and Dan

I admit it. I gave up. I was sitting forlornly at my brother-in-laws house with a group of people watching my beloved Seahawks losing at home in the NFC Championship game versus the Green Bay Packers. They’d played poorly. Nothing seemed to be working. And now with 4 minutes left, we had thrown another interception and were still down 9 points. It was over.

I won’t recount the crazy next 20 minutes, but the history books will show an improbable Seahawks victory in overtime. Listening to the post-game interviews from coach Pete Carroll, quarterback Russell Wilson, and several other players; it was clear they hadn’t quit. They were going down swinging; they still believed. Until that clock hit zero, they truly never gave up. That’s why they are going back to the Super Bowl.

Never give up. Ever. No matter what happens in your life or your career, never quit. Life is short and the opportunities abound even in what seem to be incalculable odds. Football and all sports are a microcosm of life. I hear people say that sports aren’t like real life. I disagree. They are “real life” for all the players and coaches that make it their career. They are real life for the fans that follow them. Your career and life are just as “real,” and often face the same anxiety, stress, and challenges that face teams in games and seasons. That’s why no matter how bleak things may look, never give up. You never now when that winning touchdown pass will happen for you!

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What Are You Thinking?

January 14, 2015 Leave a comment

I love quotes. Depending on where I am in life, I’ve found them inspirational, humorous, and filled with perspective.Dann Putting

I saw one this morning while scanning Facebook that I’d like to share with you briefly. Of all things, it was attached to a message Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll sent out. Here it is…

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”

If you’ve spent any time reading my work, watching me speak, or working directly with me, you’ll know what an advocate I am of “being in the moment.” This quote has summed up that sentiment quite nicely, don’t you think?

I believe to truly learn from this quote, it requires self-assessment. If I were to be honest with myself, my weakness of the two poor options is the latter…being anxious and living in the future. I continually use coaching, mentoring, and accountability partners to keep me focused on the present, because it’s hard to do by yourself. What about you? Where is your propensity and what can you do to stay in the moment? This might be a good use of your time today to figure that question out…

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My Mom’s Obituary

January 9, 2015 Leave a comment

As many of you already know, my mother passed away last Tuesday night. She has been fighting dementia for the past 4 years and although we knew this to be coming up, it’s always a shock and a difficult thing. My family is grateful for the love, support, and condolences we have received from family, friends, clients, colleagues, and more. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for that. I want to share with you Mom’s obituary as some of you may not be connected to me on social media and may just now be finding out.

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Mom and MeAlicia Weedin passed away peacefully at her home at Emeritus at Montclair Park in Poulsbo, WA on January 6th. She was 90 years old.She was born Alicia González Martínez in Bogotá, Colombia on April 24, 1924 to José Antonio González and Maria Elena Martínez. She lived in Bogotá into her adult life with her parents and 8 siblings. She worked as a buyer for her father’s clothing store and then for 9 years as the social secretary for the United States Naval Mission in Bogotá. This is where she met and married an American serviceman and the love of her life, Donald Weedin. They married at her family home in Bogotá on December 26, 1958.

Alicia moved to the United States in 1962 when Don was stationed in Norfolk, VA. After a few years there, they made their long-time home in Oak Harbor, WA for 34 years. Alicia was active for over 30 years in both the church and doing charitable projects in the community. She worked tirelessly as President for the Alice Esterly Orthopedic Guild of Children’s Hospital in Oak Harbor for many years. After Don retired from the Oak Harbor School District in 1988, they spent the rest of their time traveling to favorite locations around Washington State and enjoying their grandchildren. Alicia and Don moved to Poulsbo in 2003 to be closer to their grandchildren. Together, they also made over 10, 000 rosaries that were distributed to Catholic missionaries and to countless first communicants between the two parishes they belonged to over the years. They were inseparable during their retirement years.

Alicia was preceded in death by her husband Don in 2011; her parents; and 3 brothers – José Antonio (Pepe), Jaime, and Rafael.

Alicia is survived by her son, Dan Weedin (Barbara) of Poulsbo; her granddaughters Mindy Weedin and Kelli Weedin, also of Poulsbo; her sisters Lolo, Helena, Clara (Hernando), Lucia, and Consuelo of Colombia; her step-children Leslie Weedin (Karen) of Charlestown, IN, Kathy Vuckel (Jim) of Moses Lake, WA, and Rita Paradise of Tacoma, WA; and many nephews and nieces all across the globe.

Funeral service is scheduled for January 23rd at 11 a.m. at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Poulsbo. Mass will be preceded by a rosary at 10:30 and followed by a reception. There will be a burial at Cherry Grove Memorial Park in Poulsbo at 2 p.m.

Donations may be made in Alicia Weedin’s name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation; the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Club, or Martha & Mary At Home. All donations can be made directly online using her name.

Alzheimer’s Foundation
Please include donation notification to dan@danweedin.com so I may properly thank you.

Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Club
Go to top left for “Donations.: When making payment there will be a notes/comments section. Please include Alicia’s name in that spot.

Martha & Mary
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Weedin Unleashed – January 5, 2015

January 6, 2015 Leave a comment

Today’s topic in Toy Cars and Driving into 215 with Momentum… 12 min. 41 seconds

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Extra Points – Toy Cars and Big Results

January 5, 2015 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…Toy Cars and Big ResultsJack and Dan

Last week, I was talking with my good friend Jim about celebrating the holidays with his grandchildren. Jim was regaling about the fun he had with playing with Matchbox and Hot Wheels toy cars with the kids…something we both did in our youth. I have to admit, I was a little jealous. Last summer, I uncovered a whole bunch of my old Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars while cleaning out the basement. It was like the best archeological find I could imagine! I might need to dig those out again and head over to Jim’s house to play…

We just finished one year, and are now about to shed the holiday festivities and get busy in the next one. Just like looking back on the fun of your youth is good, so is looking back at all you did well in 2014. Too many of us look back and think we need to “fix” things with resolutions (which rarely last past next weekend). Take some time to look back and determine what you did well; what worked; what excited you; and what you’d love to repeat. Look, if it’s broken then fix it; but if it’s great then rinse and repeat. My guess is that many of you had terrific years both professionally and personally. Instead of dwelling on weaknesses and shortcomings, how about enhancing your strengths and making those extend for more than just a year? Success breeds success…build your momentum.

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“Every man has a sane spot somewhere.”

 ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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Welcome to the most powerful and dynamic program I’ve ever created for business owners and executive leaders on unleashing your vast potential and maximizing your own unique talent and that of those around you.

My concept of the “open gate” is that unlike dogs, we as humans often tether ourselves inside our own personal gates and due to our own self-imposed limitations and fears, choose not to risk going through the open gate in front of us. The results include dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, poor leadership, bad morale, inefficiencies, and boredom. Bottom line is you and your business leave money and talent on the table.

Weedin Unleashed ~ December 29, 2014

December 30, 2014 Leave a comment

Special 2014 Year-End Special

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