"One of These Days ..."


Honoree's Note: I've known and admired Ron Martin, one of my mentors, for over a decade. We met while I was living in Hawaii. Ron is one of those people who lives an authentic, no-holds-barred, making-it-happen kind of life. If you've ever said to yourself, "I'm going to do it 'one of these days' this post is a must-read for you!

It was a lazy Saturday afternoon out at my beach house in Haleiwa, Hawaii. I was sitting on the lanai “talking story” with my client, the famed artist, Wyland. He said, “So Ron, when are you going to write a book?” My response was, “One of these days.” Wyland said, “Have you ever opened up your day timer and at the top saw the words, ‘One of these days?’” I thought, “WOW that’s heavy.” He then said, “How about right now?” Hoping to end this conversation I said, “I wouldn’t know where to start.” Wyland said, “Stand up,” which I did. He then took the chair and table from where we were sitting and dragged them out on to the lawn by the ocean. He went into my closet, picked out a hat and shirt and said, “Put these on, and sit there.” He then set up the table and went out to his car returning with his camera. He took this picture and said, "Okay, you have the cover, I am going to go home and write the foreword. All you have to do is start on chapter one." Wow, how do you get out of that?

I decided to devote two hours every Sunday morning and see where this went. It was 1996 and I was still “non-computerized” so the next morning I sat down at my desk with pen in hand staring at a blank piece of paper for a good 30 minutes before the title came to me; SUCCESS MADE EASY. I wrote that down and started writing a Table of Contents. When my two-hour commitment was up I faxed what I had written to my secretary and asked her to type it up and fax it back to me. 

What We All Can Learn from Sara Blakely & Spanx

I was so excited to see Sara Blakely on the cover of the Forbes Billionaires issue two years ago that I made three trips to Barnes & Noble to buy it.

I've followed Spanx and Sara over the past decade because I'm a business owner and entrepreneur and also because, well, I'm a prime candidate for Spanx. I watched Sara appear on The Donny Deutsch Show, I've noticed her displays expand and expand in Nordstroms. I've helped Spanx grow by purchasing multiple products for myself and my friends. Bottom line, I'm a fan.

Book Review: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

I constantly troll Amazon to find new books to read, as if the fifteen I have already purchased and downloaded on my Kindle and in iBooks are not enough to keep me busy for awhile. 

On a search I did last summer, I found the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.

I'm not sure words can do my affection and gratitude for this book justice, but I'll do my best.