As always I hope this message finds you well. Here in California summer has kicked off in spectacular fashion but wherever you are in the world I hope the jovial spirit that summer brings is with you.
This quarter I was fortunate enough to be invited to a Champion Charities benefit breakfast that featured a one hour roundtable discussion with five of California’s most legendary quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers, Jim Plunkett, Joe Montana, Steve Young and Tom Brady. A runner-up for this quarter’s life experience to say the least… but it was also a great opportunity to learn about peak performance from some of the most notable competitors of my time.
Picking just one of the many profound takeaways from that experience to share, it is that all five of these people are where they are today because they persevered. In their lives they have rarely let setbacks influence their ability to be ready when the opportunity to be a champion presents itself. Montana described his 2 and 14 first season with the 49ers. Aaron described how he never let up on getting better even though “Title Town” was not receptive at first to his presence. And Plunkett, his renewed career with the Raiders is simply one of the most incredible stories of perseverance. The thread between them all is that they did not let failure stand in the way of their success. Many of us succumb to the folly of the path of least resistance. These gentlemen stand as an example of the spoils that await those that take the road less traveled.
This quarter’s business interview is with Alex Kaplinsky, the CTO of SolutionSet. Alex is an incredible mind that has helped develop some of today’s most innovative websites. My interview with Alex Kaplinsky about innovative Web design can be found here.
This quarter’s wellness interview is with Brian Russell who is the CEO of Zephyr Technologies, a biotechnological company that specializes in mobile health and remote monitoring products. My interview with Brian Russell about wearable sensors can be found here.
My contribution this quarter went to Caine’s Arcade. As a child in many ways I was very much like Caine and I was incredibly moved that what I do for a living now was used in such a way that an otherwise anonymous community rallied around this child and forever changed his life. Simply amazing!
Hands down this quarter’s true life experience was celebrating my first Father’s Day as a father with my daughter.
There is only a distant second from this experience, which is either breakfast with Aaron Rodgers, Jim Plunkett, Joe Montana, Steve Young and Tom Brady as described above, or the trip Anna and I took to the Pacific Pinball Museum in Caine’s honor.
All around an exceptional past three months, in addition to the what I’ve already discussed, professionally I launched another enterprise project ClubOne.com. If you have a quick second, take a look and let me know what you think.