The Packer Sweep

As many of you know I am a big Green Bay Packer fan. Being born in that city means it is in your blood. I recently watched a documentary on Vince Lombardi who many believe is the greatest coach and motivator who ever lived. His players would follow him anywhere. One of the bread and butter plays of those teams was the sweep. Pulling linemen from one side to the other side to provide more blocking and creating a bigger hole for the runners to go through. Even though the defense knew it was coming they couldn’t stop it because of the precision of eleven men doing their job.
It got me thinking of who I have followed in my life. As life comes at me who is creating the holes to go through and leading me to a greater good. Obviously for me the person providing the greatest opportunity to follow is God. Then I think of all the people who have led and motivated me.
My parents guided me for many years growing up and still are to this day. My mom is always there to lend an ear, and although my father has passed, his lessons and presence still resonate. I learned many business and sales techniques from the different bosses I have had. When I was diagnosed with ALS I had my faith, family, and friends to lean on but still something was missing. I had no one to relate to, no mentor to guide and lead me through this process. That all changed with one phone call from New Orleans a few years ago. Whether he wanted it or not, on that day Steve Gleason became my “pulling guard” leading me through the hole and showing me how to continue to lead a full life. I thought I was but see someone going through the same fight in the matter Steve did was very motivating. Trust me, there are many days it is easier to quit or give up but then I think of him and I push on. I don’t know how he feels about this role in his life but I’m not the only who feels this way about him.
I have since met other ALS patients who motivate me by their actions and I’ve been told the same by many others. It is like a relationship, when one is down the other is there to pick them up. We all need people to help lead us through life and if my life is any example I’ve had many people fill that role. Like the Packer Sweep it takes a team effort to find the greatest success. We can’t do it alone. And like Vince Lombardi was to those Packer teams, Steve Gleason is a leader to many of us fighting ALS.
 
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What Are You Looking For?

Are you content with your life or are you still searching for something more? I ask this because people always ask me what I want to do next. When you are living on a timeline, which we all are by the way, it seems more important to never settle with where you are. I try… Read more.

The Front Line

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How can you really appreciate a battle without going to the front line? There often is a disconnect that occurs. This can often happen in corporations. As a field rep, we would often get our direction from corporate and oftentimes felt that they didn’t really understand our needs or issues. The good leaders would travel… Read more.

Love of the Game

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  Hockey has been a part of my life since my 1st time on skates on the Milwaukee River in Thiensville. Having never played youth or High School hockey my interest really began to grow when I went to school in Madison and went to my first Badger Hockey game. Chris Chelios actually tossed his stick… Read more.

The Winter Soul

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Now that winter is kicking in where I live here in the Midwest, usually all I want to do is stop moving and hibernate somewhere warm. When you live up here, regardless of your desire to push forward in some direction of accomplishment and progress, it’s a slowing down time of year. Movement is restricted… Read more.

A Father’s Dream Realized

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After 10 hours of flying, the plane finally touched down in Rome Italy. It was starting to sink in dthat this was no longer a dream but reality. It was 1987 when I promised to bring my dad here, and 25 years later I had made it with my own son. But still, it had… Read more.

Sorpresa!!!

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Unless you are fluid in speaking Italian you will not know what the title of this blog is about. Sorpresa means surprise in English. When it comes to surprises, it is pretty much black and white. People either like surprises or don’t like surprises. My wife is the latter. She enjoys giving people surprises but… Read more.

Milestones

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  By definition, a milestone is a series of numbered markers constructed to provide reference points along a road. So too are the milestones that we can look forward to and remember that provide reference points to our lives. Milestones can be large or small and also happy or sad. In the next couple of… Read more.

Decision Making

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One thing I know for sure is that our lives are constantly filled with decision making. Some of them are daily rather small decisions, but many of them are decisions that may determine large aspects of your life. Can you remember what you would consider the first big decision of your life? Many of us… Read more.

Reflections

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I thought I would take some time to reflect upon the last year. When we look back on the past we tend to think of things that happened on a large scale: that is just human nature. As I sat back reflecting on 2011 I found it to be a very difficult process. I am… Read more.