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W.I.N. Wednesday: What horse are you betting on?

During my bike ride yesterday I listened to a podcast interview with Dan Millman. Dan is the author of 17 books including The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, and is working on his 18th book. He is an incredible story and a man with a great deal of wisdom and insights about life. One of the many gems I took from that interview with Millman was a comment he made. "The horse I am betting on is effort over time."

That comment made we reflect on two previous events this week. 

The first was breakfast with my son Jesse. Jesse owns a boutique wine store in Calgary called Vine Arts and along with his business partner Jeff Jamieson opened a cocktail bar at the start of May called ProofVine Arts opened in March of 2012 and is extremely successful and while Proof has only been open a month they have been packed every night. On April 26, Jesse ran a fundraiser for cancer with a Carnival and Cocktails theme. Jesse put in a huge amount of time and effort resulting in a first class event which raised over $20,000.00 for cancer research. Jesse and Jeff are also in discussions with developers for a second Vine Arts location. 

The second event was lunch yesterday with my son Cody. Cody will be opening his first restaurant called Native Tongues Taqueria on July 1. He has been working on the concept for years and has been working on this restaurant, at this location for close to two years. I think it is a safe bet that the day they open the doors Native Tongues is going to be crazy busy every single day. Cody has a great team in place and the design, menu and service are going to be amazing. 

What does the comment by Dan Millman have to do with these two meals? Nothing and everything. It has nothing to do with the actual food and everything to do with the conversations with Jesse and Cody. Both Jesse and Cody are extremely successful. They have worked extremely hard and developed amazing reputations for themselves in the food and wine industry in Calgary. Why? Because of their work ethic and their understanding of the importance of relationships, service and effort, integrity, and commitment. 

When Millman said, "The horse I am betting on is effort over time.", my thoughts immediately went to Jesse and Cody and their deep understanding of this concept. They understand there is no such thing as an overnight success. I am betting on both of them to continue their efforts and their success.

What about you? What horse are you betting on?

What's Important Now? Do the work. Do the work over the long haul. Be willing to commit to effort over time and be the horse others are willing to bet on. 

Take care.

Brian Willis


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