Thank you for making the first 3 quarters of 2023 so incredible! We have had record numbers of members coming into our fitness centers, have been able to close in on a record year for rounds of golf played, have hosted more weddings and parties than I can ever remember and have been able to get several new members back into bowling. I believe we have an incredible team that’s committed to creating a incredible experience for everyone who steps foot into our facilities. These numbers tell me that we have had more quality interactions with people this year than ever before! With how busy our team has been, it would be easy for us to coast into the fourth quarter and say we’ve had a great year. However, we are committed to finishing this year strong in our community involvement core value. In October, we have joined forces with several of our Corporate Partners to do our annual food drive for the entire month. Last year we were able to collect over 2,500lbs of food for Feeding South Dakota. With your help, we will be able to eclipse the 3,000lb mark by the end of the month!
As one of the most read finance books of all time, I wanted to take time to understand what so many others have been learning. I come from a more conservative thought process that mirrors the likes of Dave Ramsey. As I went through Rich Dad Poor Dad, my traditional way to approach my finances was challenged greatly. Although I don’t agree with everything he talks about in the book, I think it’s important to spend time learning new ways to approach life. For me, this book did a great job of broadening my understanding on how money can be viewed in completely different ways.
Here were a few of my main takeaways:
Busy people are some of laziest people around. They fill their schedule with things that don’t matter to avoid doing the things that will actually help them. This is a tough one for me because I tend to fill my schedule with a lot of “stuff”. I was determined to prove this one wrong and realized that I wasn’t taking the time to make sure I was prioritizing my day as well as I could and by not taking time to be intentional, I was actually being lazy and less productive.
Don’t say “I/we can’t afford it” but rather ask “how can we afford it?” This change in approach will allow yourself and others to tap into your creativity. This is really important to do with kids to open up the door and make it ok to think creatively.
Cynics criticize while winners analyze. I have come across this general concept many times and it was a great reminder. As a visionary, I tend to come up with a lot of ideas. (Many of which aren’t great at all?) I have learned that this idea is a wonderful self-check to see where my head is at. If my first response to others is critical, I know I need to recalibrate and get back to having a growth mindset!
NEXT MONTH’S BOOK: Soundtracks by Jon Acuff
POSITIVE THOUGHT: I read an interview with an elderly gentleman last week and he ended the interview with giving his 3 tips on life: 1. Surround yourself with people who get excited to see you 2. Slowly is the fastest way for you to get to where you want to be 3. The top of one man’s mountain is the valley of another’s so keep climbing!
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